Beautiful birds: their natural history, ed. by R. Tyas, Том 3

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Стр. 107 - I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the Lord of hosts.
Стр. 104 - ... which the green moss concealed from observation. In calm weather, the silence of death reigns in these dreary regions; a few interrupted rays of light shoot across the gloom ; and unless for the occasional hollow screams of the herons, and the melancholy chirping of one or two species of small birds, all is silence, solitude, and desolation. When a breeze rises, at first it sighs mournfully through the tops ; but as the gale increases, the tall mast-like cedars wave like...
Стр. 138 - ... is generally returned by some of the party. Their course is in a straight line, with the exception of the undulations of their flight. When bewildered in foggy weather, they appear sometimes to be in great distress, flying about in an irregular manner, and for a considerable time, over the same quarter, making a great clamour.
Стр. 111 - ... which imagination has delighted to invest them. Among the ancient Egyptians the stork was regarded with a reverence inferior only to that which, for similar causes, was paid -to the sacred ibis, considered, and with some show of reason, as one of the tutelary divinities of the land. The same feeling is still prevalent in many parts of Africa and the East ; and even in Switzerland and in Holland something like superstition seems to mingle, in the minds of the common people, with the hospitable...
Стр. 85 - The length of the peacock, from the tip of the bill to the end of the tail', is about three feet eight inches.
Стр. 102 - ... marked at twenty-four shillings.* In the first of these records no mention is made of pheasants, but in the second they appear at that earlier time to have been rather more highly valued than Herons, for eighteen pheasants are priced at twenty-four shillings, the amount placed against the two dozen Herons. And in the charges of Sir John Nevile of Chete (the knight in whose family the marriages above alluded to took place), at Lammas assizes, in the twentieth year of the reign of king Henry VIII.,...
Стр. 104 - Amidst this bottom of congregated springs, the ruins of the former forest lie piled in every state of confusion. The roots, prostrate logs, and, in many places, the water, are covered with green mantling moss, while an undergrowth of laurel, fifteen or twenty feet high, intersects every opening so completely, as to render a passage through laborious and harassing beyond description ; at every step, you either sink to the knees, clamber over fallen timber, squeeze yourself through between the stubborn...
Стр. 19 - ... consequently to trust to his gun for furnishing him with a fresh supply. They congregate together in numerous flocks, and appear to be under little or no uneasiness from the intrusion of men into their haunts. Even when a considerable number of them have been shot, the rest remain quietly perched upon the trees, apparently-unconscious of the havoc that has been committed among them.
Стр. 104 - ... river, stream, lake, or arm of the sea. The appearance they present to a stranger is singular — a front of tall and perfectly straight trunks, rising to the height of fifty or sixty feet, without a limb, and crowded in every direction, their tops so closely woven together as to shut out the day, spreading the gloom of a perpetual twilight below.
Стр. 109 - In an upright position it measures, when fully grown, about three feet six inches to the top of the head ; and its length from the point of the bill to the tip of the tail, is about three feet.

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