The Birds, Fishes, and Cetacea Commonly Frequenting Belfast Lough

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David Bogue, 1880 - Birds - 267 pages
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Page 113 - midst falling dew, While glow the heavens with the last steps of day, Far, through their rosy depths, dost thou pursue Thy solitary way ? Vainly the fowler's eye Might mark thy distant flight to do thee wrong, As, darkly painted on the crimson sky, Thy figure floats along.
Page 29 - Thence up he flew, and on the tree of life, The middle tree and highest there that grew, Sat like a cormorant...
Page 189 - Leviathan, which God of all his works Created hugest that swim the ocean stream...
Page 234 - Much honour'd turbot ! — sore I grieve Thee and thy dainty friends to leave. Far from ye all, in snuggest corner, I go to dine with little Horner : He who, with philosophic eye, Sat brooding o'er his Christmas pie : Then, firm resolved, with either thumb, Tore forth the crust-enveloped plum, And, mad with youthful dreams of future fame, Proclaim'd the deathless glories of his name.
Page 103 - Their downy breast; the swan with arched neck, Between her white wings, mantling proudly, rows Her state with oary feet...
Page 38 - To find the floating fry, with their sharp-piercing sight, \Vhich suddenly they take, by stooping from their height. The Cormorant then comes, (by his devouring kind) Which flying o'er the fen, immediately doth find The fleet best stor'd of fish, when from his wings at full, As though he shot himself into the thick'ned skull, He under water goes, and so the shoal pursues...
Page 73 - How doth the little crocodile Improve his shining tail, And pour the waters of the Nile On every golden scale! "How cheerfully he seems to grin, How neatly spreads his claws, And welcomes little fishes in, With gently smiling jaws!
Page 20 - Man, anil most of the islands indeed of the English and Scottish coasts. Many resort to the Faroe Islands, selecting such as are covered with a stratum of vegetable mould ; and here they dig their own burrows, from there not being any rabbits to dispossess upon the particular islets they frequent. They commence this operation about the first week in May, and the hole is generally excavated to the depth of three feet, often
Page 220 - Dover, that they sold sixty for a shilling. At Brighton, in June, the same year, the shoal of mackerel was so great, that one of the boats had the meshes of her nets so completely occupied by them, that it was impossible to drag them in.
Page 127 - Robinson, an experienced fisherman, placed a flounder net in that part of the river which is subject to the flux and reflux of the tide, and on his returning to drag his net from the river, instead of finding fish, he found it loaded with wild ducks.

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