The Birds of America, Volume 6

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J.J. Audubon, 1843 - Birds - 1000 pages
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User Review  - MrsLee - LibraryThing

Having finished an autobiography of John J. Audubon not long ago, I thought it was a propitious moment to read through this book. It is a collection of over 200 paintings of birds by Audubon. There is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maydacat - LibraryThing

This large collection of illustrations may seem somewhat subdued in hue when compared to many of today’s illustrations but they are a magnificent representation of North American birds as drawn by ... Read full review


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Page 328 - It procures its food by diving amidst the rolling surf over sand or mud bars; although at times it comes along the shore, and searches in the manner of the Spoonbill Duck. Its usual fare consists of small shell-fish, fry, and various kinds of sea-weeds, along with which it swallows much sand and gravel.
Page 300 - in feeding, they pass up and down the bay from river to river, in their morning and evening flights, giving, at certain localities, great opportunities for destruction. They pursue, even in their short passages, very much the order of their migratory movements, flying in a line, or baseless triangle; and when the wind blows on
Page 67 - cover the surface, and the birds greedily swallow them until they are completely gorged, after which they walk to the nearest margins, place themselves in long rows, with their breasts all turned towards the sun, in the manner of Pelicans and Vultures, and thus remain for an hour or
Page 271 - on the grasses and dried leaves beneath the tree, and afterwards led them directly to the nearest edge of the next pool or creek. At this early age, the young answer to their parents
Page 227 - When thus in motion, their wings pass through so few degrees of the circle, that, unless seen horizontally, they appear almost quiescent, being widely different from the heavy semicircular sweep of the Goose. The Swan, when migrating, with a moderate wind in his favour, and mounted high in the air,
Page 311 - as well as blades of the grasses growing around the banks. Nay, on several occasions, I have found pretty large acorns and beech-nuts in their throats, as well as snails, entire or broken, and fragments of the shells of various small unios, together with much gravel.
Page 305 - and to one who can enter on the pleasure, with a system formed for polar cold, and a spirit to endure "the weary toil of many a stormy day," it will yield a harvest of health and delight, that the "roamer of the woods" can rarely enjoy." Although this far-famed bird was named by its discoverer after the plant
Page 302 - their business, and as they discover the Ducks approaching them, make their jumps less high till they almost crawl on the ground, to prevent the birds discovering what the object of their curiosity may be. This disposition to examine rarities has been taken advantage of by using a red or black
Page 190 - great speed, making directly towards the land; but when we came within a few yards of it, it dived, and nothing could be seen of it for a long time. Every one of the party stood on tiptoe to mark the spot at which it should rise, but all in vain, when the man at the rudder
Page 243 - with the angle very long, narrow, and rather pointed, the lamella: about sixty. Head of moderate size, oblong, compressed; neck rather long and slender; body full, depressed. Feet short, stout, placed a little behind the centre of the body; legs bare a little above the joint; tarsus short, a little compressed, anteriorly with small scutella,

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