Excerpt from The North British Review, Vol. 40: February and May, 1864
March 6. - I have tried two or three days to get at the largest wild swan on Lochlee, but without success; my fruitless attempts I do not mark down - horas non name niaz' scream However, to-day - a fine sunny day - as I passed at some distance from the lake where the swans Were feeding, they rose and alighted on the largest of the pieces of water; seeing this, and that they were not inclined to take to the sea immediately, I sent the boy who was with me round the lake where they were, while I made my preparations for receiving them at their feeding lake, supposing that they would return to it if allowed to rest for an hour or so, and then quietly moved; even if they did not alight. I knew that I was pretty sure of their line of ﬂight to the sea, and they seldom ﬂew very high. I waded across part of the loch to an island, where I determined to await them, and set to work to make up a hiding-place of long heather, etc. This done, I loaded my gun with la e shot and cartridges. And established my 801 behind my barricade. With my glass I saw the boy and retriever go round towards them; the appearance of the swans ﬂoating aluietly on the water was most picturesque.
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