American Ornithology: Or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States, Том 3

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Constable and Company, 1831
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Стр. 15 - The great blue heron (Ardea herodias) is about four feet in length from the point of the bill to the end of the tail, and nearly six feet across the wings.
Стр. 24 - The length of the peacock, from the tip of the bill to the end of the tail', is about three feet eight inches.
Стр. 233 - It is near six inches in length from the tip of the bill to the end of the tail, the former being about half an inch, and the latter two inches and a half.
Стр. 228 - Here is in this river and in the waters all over Florida, a very curious and handsome bird, the people call them Snake Birds, I think I have seen paintings of them on the Chinese screens and other India pictures : they seem to be a species of cormorant or loon ( Colymbus cauda elongata) but far more beautiful and delicately formed than any other species that I have ever seen.
Стр. 135 - ... length from the point of the bill to the tip of the tail, is about three feet.
Стр. 143 - ... facing to windward, with their long wings expanded, and their webbed feet patting the water, the lightness of their bodies, and the action of the wind on their wings, enable them to do this with ease. In calm weather they perform the same manoeuvre, by keeping their wings just so much in action as to prevent their feet from sinking below the surface.
Стр. 156 - Island, being out shooting in one of the bays, which in that part of the country abound with water-fowl, wounded a Wild Goose. Being wingtipped, and unable to fly, he caught it, and brought it home alive. It proved to be a female, and turning it into his yard, with a flock of tame Geese, it soon became quite tame and familiar, and in a little time its wounded wing entirely healed. In the following spring, when the Wild Geese migrate to the northward, a flock passed over Mr. Platt's...
Стр. 93 - ... proceeds through among the reeds, which lie broken and floating on the surface. The whole space for a considerable way round the canoe is completely enlightened ; the birds stare with astonishment, and, as they appear, are knocked on the head with the paddle, and thrown into the canoe. In this manner from twenty to eighty dozen have been killed by three negroes in the short space of three hours...
Стр. 47 - ... excellent food. IT is a pleasing sight at times of high winds and heavy thunder storms, to observe the numerous squadrons of these Spanish curlews driving to and fro, turning and tacking about, high up in the air, when by their various evolutions in the different and opposite currents of the wind high in the clouds, their silvery white plumage gleams and sparkles like the brightest chrystal, reflecting the sun-beams that dart upon them between the dark clouds.
Стр. 91 - ... pushing her steadily through the reeds. The Rail generally spring singly, as the boat advances, and at a short distance a-head, are instantly shot down, while the boatman, keeping his eye on the spot where the bird fell, directs the boat forward and picks it up as the gunner is loading. It is also the boatman's business to keep a sharp...

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