Natural History of the Holy Land

Natural History of the Holy Land

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...carried off to its nest, where it is not easy to follow, for " she dwelleth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place. From thence she seeketh the prey; and her eyes behold afar off." But he who made her so strong and fearless, made her also careful and tender of her brood; "she stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings," and gently teaches them to do likewise. Sir H. Davy tells us that he saw two eagles on Ben Nevis, teaching their young ones to fly. They first made small circles round the top of the mountain, the young ones did the same: the parent birds then took a second and wider flight, always rising towards the sun: the young ones followed, flying better and better as they mounted higher and higher, till, at length, they became mere points in the air, and they and their parents were hid from his aching sight.--It rarely happens that more than two, sometimes three, eggs, are found in an Eagle's nest. Thus these formidable birds are prevented from becoming very common. THE VULTURE. The Vulture is somewhat larger than the Eagle, but less noble-looking; its attitude is less erect, and its flight more difficult and heavy. Its head and neck are only covered with a few scattered hairs; its plumage is dusky, mixed with purple and green; the inside of its wings is covered with a thick down, " which is converted into a very warm and comfortable kind of fur." "This bird, which is common in many parts of Europe, is totally unknown in England. In Egypt, Arabia, and many other kingdoms of Africa and Asia, Vultures are found in great abundance." There is the "Golden or Carrion Vulture, the Aquiline or Egyptian Vulture, the Cape Vulture, the Sociable Vulture, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236606884
  • 9781236606884