Through Unknown African Countries; The First Expedition from Somaliland to Lake Lamu

Through Unknown African Countries; The First Expedition from Somaliland to Lake Lamu

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... resembling the bowl and stem of a tobacco pipe. The narrow hollow stems hang down about eight inches, and through these the birds have to crawl to reach their nests. Ou some dead bushes that grew in about four feet of water there was a community of cormorants which had just begun to sit. Dodson and I were too eager for a change of food to leave them unmolested, and for a long time we had not been in a country where FISHES AND BIRDS--SHOOTING A RHINOCEROS. 251 there were chickens; so, rowing out in a boat, we collected several dozen eggs, --enough to supply us with omelets for many days, and excellent omelets, too. I may say we lived very well on Lake Stephanie, for besides the cormorants' eggs, there were many teal and whistling ducks about the marshes, the latter being very tender, and nearly equal to canvasbacks in flavor; and the lake also abounded in fish. Dr. Albert Giinther found two species of fish new to science in the collection I made on Lake Stephanie. There were many crocodiles and hippopotami in the lake, and they would often come quite near the boat, but they never ventured to attack us. Every evening great flocks of gray starlings with yellow wattles flew north past our camp, and myriads of aquatic birds circled about the lake. The mosquitoes were frightful at night, but a strong wind blowing from the southeast every morning drove them away. On June i, just after starting for the caravan, the boys called to me that there was a rhinoceros near by. I hastened ahead and saw the beast walking in the tall grass by the lake only eighty yards away from my camels. It was a bad place for a charge, as there was but one way to escape, and all my five camels were blocking this opening; but as the animal commenced to walk toward us it became..show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236680111
  • 9781236680112