A History of British Birds, Volume 5

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Groombridge and sons, 1863 - Birds
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Page 31 - Fear ye not me ? saith the Lord : will ye not tremble at my presence, who have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it ; and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail ; though they roar, yet can they not pass over ill But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart, they are revolted and gone1.
Page 192 - ... Collecting, Clearing and Arranging them in the Cabinet. Descriptions, of the most remarkable Species, and of the creatures which inhabit them, and explanations of the meaning of their scientific names, and of the terms used in Conchology.
Page 51 - Their mutual congratulations being over, they all three fell to work, and, after labouring vigorously for a few minutes in removing the sand, they came round to the other side, and, putting their breasts simultaneously to the fish, they succeeded in raising it some inches from the sand, but were unable to turn it over; it went down again to its sandy bed, to the manifest disappointment of the three.
Page 103 - The common people are of opinion, that it thrusts its bill into a reed that serves as a pipe for swelling the note above its natural pitch; while others, and in this number we find Thomson the poet, imagine that the bittern puts its head under water, and then violently blowing produces its boomings.
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Page 116 - This respect arises from a strange belief, handed down from time immemorial, that the Storks are human beings in that form, men from some distant islands, who, at certain seasons of* the year, assume the shape of these birds, that they may visit Barbary, and return at a fixed time to their own country, where they resume the human form.
Page 192 - Engravings, price 8s. 6d. BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES. DESCRIBED AND ILLUSTRATED With an Introductory chapter, containing the History of a Butterfly through all its Changes and Transformations. A Description of its Structure in the Larva, Pupa, and Imago states, with an Explanation of the scientific terms used by Naturalists in reference thereto, with observations upon the Poetical and other associations of the Insect.
Page 50 - I was about opposite to the spot where the objects of my search were employed. Stooping down with my gun upon my back, prepared for action, I managed to crawl through •the bents and across the shingle for a considerable way, when I at length came in sight of the two little workers, who were busily endeavouring to turn over a dead fish which was fully six times their size. I immediately recognized them as turnstones.
Page 52 - Creator. When they appeared to have done and to be satisfied, I arose from my place of concealment. On examining the fish, I found it to be a specimen of the common cod (Morthua vulgar is) : it was nearly three feet and a half long, and it had been embedded in the sand to about the depth of two inches.
Page 51 - Lowering themselves upon their breasts close to the sand, they managed to push their bills underneath the fish, which they made to rise to about the same height as before; afterwards, withdrawing their bills, but without losing the advantage they had gained, they applied their breasts to the object. This they did with such force, and to such purpose, that at length it went over and rolled several yards down a slight declivity. It was followed to some distance by the birds themselves before they could...

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