The Bird World; Described with Pen and Pencil

The Bird World; Described with Pen and Pencil

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ... The vegetation of the Aru woods, says Lord George Campbell, is exceedingly lovely. Palms and tree-ferns mingle with trees, the branches of which droop with ferns, orchids, and parasites, and are festooned with lianas, ratans, and creepers of every kind. Along the shore, where the waves lisp and murmur in delightful harmony, above the dense undergrowth of foliage rise tall casuarinas, mangroves, and pandanus palms. Both in the forest shadow and in the sunshine on the shore, the most gorgeous and varied butterflies, of all sizes, from huge ornithoptera to tiny blue and yellow gems, fly rapidly in the air or flutter through the pendent leaves. Scarlet dragon-flies dart to and " A corruption, perhaps, from Bulnmgdewata, which is the Malay for "birds of God." '244 IN THE ARU WOODS. fro; dull-coloured little lizards glide across the wood-path; snowy cockatoos terrify echo with their harsh, resonant scream; and, listen!. " Wank! wank!" that's the "great " bird of paradise; Whreece! that is the little "king" bird; now the note of a pigeon is heard booming low; yonder chatter a flock of lorriquets; and on the dark coral shores blue kingfishers and lonely gray herons are on the look-out for fish. Soon, says Lord George Campbell, describing a ramble through the island-forest, --soon we came to an open spot where the undergrowth had been cleared away, leaving a few tall trees, bare of leaf, among the top branches of which large swifts and lorriquets were flying, when suddenly alighted on a branch at chocolate-coloured bird; some person fired, and down he came--a young male of the " great" bird, but without the glory of his plumage. High up in a tree could be seen the more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236958829
  • 9781236958822