A Sportsman and Naturalist's Tour in Sutherlandshire

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Simpkin, Marshall & Company, 1891 - Hunting - 320 pages
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Page 166 - The fine air, the freedom of the scenery, and all the other agremens accompanying this amusement, must always make it the most fascinating kind of sport in the way of shooting which the British Isles, or, indeed, almost any country can afford. The bird, too, in beauty and game-like appearance is not to be equalled. In fact, as long as grouse and heather exist, and the nature of man is imbued with the same love for sport and manly exercise as it now is, grouse-shooting will be one of our favourite...
Page 264 - ... nor is the food of the woodcock of such a nature that it could be taken to the young from the swamps in any sufficient quantity. Neither could the old birds bring with it the moisture which is necessary for the subsistence of all birds of this kind. In fact they have no means of feeding their young except by• carrying them to their food, for they cannot carry their food to them.
Page 37 - ... to the other end of the lake, the rocks echoing his shrill cry. The poor bird, after making one or two circuits of the lake, then flew away far out of sight, still keeping possession of the fish. He probably went to look for the female at some known and frequented haunt, as he flew rapidly off in a direct line. He soon, however, came over the lake again, and continued his flight to and fro and his loud cries for above an hour, still keeping the fish ready for his mate. I at length heard the voices...
Page 329 - Humour of Scotland. Post 8vo. Price 3s. 6d. A complete, very handsome, and the only large type edition of the famous " Laird of Logan." This work was compiled by three very distinguished literary Scotchmen, namely, John Donald Carrick, William Motherwell, and Andrew Henderson, all of them authors of works relating to Scotland. This is the only unadulterated edition, and is here given to the public as it came direct from the hands of the editors.
Page 166 - I set out is to fix on some burn, some cool and grassy spring, or some hill summit which commands a fine view, as the extremity of my day's excursion. To this point, then, I walk, killing what birds come in my way, and after resting myself and dogs, I return by some other route. Undoubtedly the way to kill the greatest number of grouse is to hunt one certain tract of ground closely and determinedly, searching every spot as if you were looking for a lost needle, and not leaving a yard of heather untried....
Page 282 - This last trick was very cleverly done, and puzzled us very much, as we — ie the grown-up part of his audience — were most intently watching, not him, but his mistress, in order to discover what signs she made to guide him in his choice of the cards ; but we could not perceive that she moved hand or foot, or made any signal whatever. Indeed, the dog seemed to pay little regard to her, but to receive his orders direct from any one who gave them. In fact, his teaching must have been perfect, and...

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