Pictures of Bird Life; On Woodland Meadow, Mountain and Marsh

Pictures of Bird Life; On Woodland Meadow, Mountain and Marsh

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ... unique manner of fishing. As the boat rushes forwards over the heaving waves, a few Puffins and Guillemots may be passed, riding buoyantly over the billows. These, as the boat approaehes, suddenly dive, to colne up again far away on the other side. The water is so clear and transparent that the brilliant colour of the Puffins' legs may be distinctly seen as they scull themselves along under water. Exceedingly comical they look, with the-ir trim, squat figures and immense, gaily coloured beaks. Every now and then one will pop up from below with a little silvery fish hanging from its beak, and fly off with it to its solitary young one, anxiously awaiting its arrival at the mouth of the nestingburrow. Both they and the Guillemots are as much at home below the surface as they are above it, and are most expert in catching such slippery customers as sand-eels and the fry of various fishes. T/1c sight of the islands to which a visitor is always taken first is the "Pinnacles," where the Guillemots breed. An extraordinary scene it is too, and one well worth the journey alone. Off one end of the largest island--called, I think, Staple Island--are four detached, flat-topped rocks or stacks, rising straight up from the sea to the height of forty or fifty feet, so that the top of them is exactly level with the end of the adjacent island, of which at one time they doubtless formed a part. The whole of the upper surface of these stacks is yellow-washed from the droppings of the birds, which crowd together in such numbers as to completely cover the flat tops. Nothing. is to be seen but a dense mass of Guillemots, so closely packed together that a fresh bird coming up from the sea has some difficulty in finding standing-room; and it is...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236967534
  • 9781236967534