Wild Life at Home; How to Study and Photograph It

Wild Life at Home; How to Study and Photograph It

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...we both saw from our respective quarters the supplies repeatedly passed in. After a number of plates had been exposed in a light that was far too poor to make us sanguine about the results, the photographer signalled to me that he wished to be released. Upon walking up, I put my finger into the nest and the tit sat perfectly still until I withdrew it, when she came out in the most unconcerned fashion and began to hop about amongst the branches of a tree overhead. As evidence of the excellent character of the hiding provided by our artificial tree-trunk, I was pleased to note, while I sat waiting, a turtle-dove alight within a few yards of it and begin to call, and a cunning old carrion-crow leisurely flap his way close past without having his suspicions aroused in the slightest degree. Chaffinches have on several occasions alighted upon it, and one day a robin actually rattled off his song from the top of our rubbish-heap whilst my brother was inside waiting for a bird of another species to visit its nest. Our first attempt at photographing the bottletits outside their nest did not yield a satisfactory result, so we waited until the young ones were older and both the parent birds were busily engaged in feeding them, when the picture on page 79 was obtained. Although chaffinches are bold birds and sit closely on their nests, they are by no means easy to photograph without the help of some sort of hiding appliance. We had tried many many times to photograph a brooding female, and had often come within an ace of success, but at the crucial moment either the bird's courage gave out and she flew away, or some tantalising accident, such as the slipping of a twig, carefully bent out of the line of sight, scared her off with an angry "spink, spink, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236499964
  • 9781236499967