New photos of “Sonny Boy,” juvenile Ivory-billed Woodpecker


James Tanner’s landmark study of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in the late 1930s produced some poignant photos of a species on the road to oblivion. Notable among them were the only photos of fledgling Ivorybills the world has ever seen.

Now James’ widow Nancy and author Stephen Lyn Bales have released additional photos of “Sonny Boy,” the bird Tanner photographed on 6 March 1938. For the story and the photos, check out September’s Smithsonian.

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