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A Natural History of the Globe: Of Man, of Beasts, Birds, Fishes ..., Volum 4
Georges Louis Leclerc comte de Buffon
Visualitzaciķ completa - 1831
America animal appears ash colour Bald Eagle Barn Swallow beak beautiful belly bill bird birds of prey blue body breast breed brown builds bushes called Carrion Crow chiefly cock common covered crest crow dusky Eagle eggs England Europe Falcon favourite feathers feed feet Fieldfare fish five inches flesh flies flight flocks FLYcATCHER frequently genus glossed grass green ground habits half long Hawk head and neck Heron hole inches in length inches long inhabits insects kind known lark larvae legs loud male manner marshes native nest numbers olive orange colour Ostrich pale Pigeons Pine Grosbeak Plover plumage prey quadrupeds quills reddish resembles rivers SANDPIPER season seen seldom side sometimes song species spotted spring streaked Swallow tail throat thrush titmouse trees tribe Turkey upper Vultures WARBLER Whip-poor-Will whole wings winter Woodpecker woods yellow young
Pāgina 322 - ... him by his master, though of considerable length, fully and faithfully. He runs over the quiverings of the canary, and the clear whistlings of the Virginia nightingale or red-bird, with such superior execution and effect, that the mortified songsters feel their own inferiority and become altogether silent, while he seems to triumph in their defeat, by redoubling his exertions.
Pāgina 57 - Tringae coursing along the sands ; trains of Ducks streaming over the surface ; silent and watchful Cranes, intent and wading ; clamorous Crows ; and all the winged multitudes that subsist by the bounty of this vast liquid magazine of nature. High over all these hovers one, whose action instantly arrests his whole attention.
Pāgina 56 - ... to which he soars, looking abroad, at one glance, on an immeasurable expanse of forests, fields, lakes and ocean, deep below him ; he appears indifferent to the little localities of change of seasons; as in a few minutes he can pass from summer to winter, from the lower to the higher regions of the atmosphere, the abode of eternal cold; and thence descend at will to the torrid or the arctic regions of the earth.
Pāgina 10 - A pair of these little birds had one year inadvertently placed their nest on a naked bough, perhaps in a shady time, not being aware of the inconvenience that followed. But...
Pāgina 116 - ... sailing around as before. Now his attention is again arrested, and he descends with great rapidity ; but ere he reaches the surface, shoots off on another course, as if ashamed that a second victim had escaped him. He now sails at a short height above the surface, and by a zigzag descent, and without seeming to dip his feet in the water, seizes a fish, which, A great ash-coloured* butcher-bird was shot last winter in Tisted Park, and a red-backed butcher-bird at Selborne.
Pāgina 213 - Many trees two feet in diameter, I observed, were broken off at no great distance from the ground; and the branches of many of the largest and tallest had given way, as if the forest had been swept by a tornado. Everything proved to me that the number of birds resorting to this part of the forest must be immense beyond conception.
Pāgina 57 - ... as an arrow from heaven, descends the distant object of his attention, the roar of its wings reaching the ear as it disappears in the deep, making the surges foam around. At this moment the eager looks of the eagle are all...
Pāgina 322 - ... injured brood. The barking of the dog, the mewing of the cat, the creaking of a passing wheelbarrow, follow with great truth and rapidity. He repeats the tune taught him by his master, though of considerable length, fully and faithfully ; he runs over the...
Pāgina 174 - ... strutting and wheeling about with great stateliness. After a few manoeuvres of this kind, he begins to strike with his stiffened wings in short and quick strokes, which become more and more rapid until they run into each other as has been already described.