Scandinavian Adventures: During a Residence of Upwards of Twenty Years; Representing Sporting Incidents, and Subjects of Natural History, and Devices for Entrapping Wild Animals. With Some Account of the Northern Fauna, Volume 2

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R. Bentley, 1854 - Animals
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Page 43 - ... upon the rocks, in order to determine their relative strength. When this has been fairly ascertained, they advance to the brink of the precipice, and taking each other by the tail, the weakest descends first, while the strongest, forming the last in the row, suspends the whole number till the foremost has reached their prey.
Page 364 - Some hens' eggs were placed in a stork's nest, and the others removed. The female stork, not aware of the change, sat patiently the appointed number of days, till the shells were broken, and the young chickens made their appearance. No sooner were they seen by the old birds, than they testified their surprise by harsh notes and fierce looks, and after a short pause, they jointly fell on the unfortunate chickens and pecked them to pieces, as if conscious of the disgrace which might be supposed to...
Page 207 - ... is blood, which it can extract by penetrating the hide of a buffalo ; and if it is not disturbed, it gorges itself so as to swell its body into a transparent globe. The wound does not swell, like that of the African musquito, but it is infinitely more painful; and when multiplied an hundred fold, and continued for so many successive days, it becomes an evil of such magnitude, that cold, famine, and every other concomitant of an inhospitable climate, must yield the pre-eminence to it. It chases...
Page 76 - Strange as this may seem, the contrivances which naturalists agree are resorted to both by the marmot and gray squirrel, for the purpose of crossing rivers, appear as extraordinary, though well authenticated: and what has thus been mentioned concerning the lemming will, I doubt not, be received with attention by those, who have made natural history more particularly their study, and can the better judge of the extraordinary instinct and sagacity of the animal creation.
Page 452 - I have been informed they lay but two eggs, which is very likely ; for one never sees more than two young ones with them. Under their wings in their body, there are two pretty deep holes, big enough to put one's fist in ; in each of these they hide an egg, and hatch the young ones there as perfect, and with less trouble, than others do on shore.
Page 230 - You will learn that,' said the consequential master of the hawks, 'when you see our sport ;' and I was convinced at the period he predicated, of the old fellow's knowledge of his business. The first hare seized by the falcon was very strong, and the ground rough. While the bird kept the claws of one foot fastened in the back of its prey, the other was dragged along the ground, till it had an opportunity to lay hold of a tuft of grass, by which it was enabled to stop the course of the hare, whose...
Page 76 - On arriving at the edge of the water, the foremost advance, and, swimming across, form a kind of floating, or, to use a military phrase, complete pontoon bridge ; the head of each supported by the hinder part of that before it. When a communication is thus formed between the shores, the remainder of the army pass rapidly over the backs of the supporters, and gain the opposite shore.— Strange as this may seem...
Page 48 - who was one morning keeping watch in the forest, saw a fox cautiously making his approach towards the stump of an old tree. When sufficiently near, he took a high and determined jump on to the top of it, and after looking around awhile, hopped to the ground again. After Reynard had repeated this knightly exercise several times, he went his way ; but presently he returned to the spot, bearing a pretty large and heavy piece of dry oak in his mouth ; and thus...
Page 365 - Stork went off, and was not seen for two or three days, when he returned with an immense crowd of his companions, who all assembled in the place, and formed a circle, taking no notice of the numerous spectators which so unusual an occurrence had collected. Mrs. Stork was brought forward into the midst of the circle ; and, after some consultation, the whole flock fell upon her, and tore her to pieces ; after which they immediately dispersed, and the nest was entirely abandoned.
Page 228 - But a per contra anecdote is added, with which every voracious eagle ought to be made acquainted, as a caution how he uses his claws, for it so happened, that one day, " an eagle, standing on the bank of a river, saw a large salmon, as if it were just under him ; he struck, instantly, one of his talons into the root of an elm just by, and partly hanging over the other, he struck into the salmon, which was very large and in his proper element, which doubled his strength ; so that he swam away, and...

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