A History of the Earth, and Animated Nature, Том 4

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Wingrave and Collingwood, 1816
 

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Страница 316 - Those who have walked in an evening by the sedgy sides of unfrequented rivers, must remember a variety of notes from different water-fowl: the loud scream of the wild goose, the croaking of the mallard, the whining of the lapwing, and the tremulous neighing of the jacksnipe. But of all these sounds, there is none so dismally hollow as the booming of the bittern.
Страница 20 - With what caution does the hen provide herself a nest in places unfrequented, and free from noise and disturbance ! when she has laid her eggs in such a manner that she can cover them, what care does she take in turning them frequently, that all parts may partake of the vital warmth ! when she leaves them, to provide for her necessary sustenance, how punctually does she return...
Страница 217 - In going through the towns of France some time since, I could not help observing how much plainer their parrots spoke than ours, and how very distinctly I understood their parrots speak French, when I could not understand our own, though they spoke my native language. I...
Страница 46 - ... in a direct line, he takes his course in circles; while the hunters still make a small course within, relieve each other, meet him at unexpected turns, and keep him thus still employed, still followed for two or three days together. At last, spent with fatigue and famine, and finding all power of escape impossible, he endeavours to hide himself from those enemies he cannot avoid, and covers his head in the sand, or the first thicket he meets. Sometimes, however, he attempts to face his pursuers;...
Страница 20 - Animals in their generation are wiser than the sons of men ; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass. Take a brute out of his instinct, and you find him wholly deprived of understanding.
Страница 21 - Glimmerings of Thought or common Sense. She mistakes a Piece of Chalk for an Egg, and sits upon it in the same manner : She is insensible of any Increase or Diminution in the Number of those she lays : She does not distinguish between her own and those of another Species; and when the Birth appears of never so different a Bird, will cherish it for her own.
Страница 239 - Their sight and hearing infinitely excels that of the bird-catcher. The instant that the* wild birds are perceived, notice is given by one to the rest of the call-birds, ( as it is by the first hound that hits on the scent, to...
Страница 316 - It is impossible for words to give those who have not heard this evening-call an adequate idea of its solemnity. It is like the interrupted bellowing of a bull, but hollower and louder, and is heard at a mile's distance, as if issuing from some formidable being that resided at the bottom of the waters.
Страница 90 - Edward III, it was made felony to steal a hawk ; to take its eggs, even in a person's own ground, was punishable with imprisonment for a year and a day, besides a...
Страница 280 - There are never more than two eggs found in the nest; these are about the size of small peas, and as white as snow, with here and there a yellow speck. The male and the female sit upon the nest by turns ; but the female takes to herself the greatest share. She seldom quits the...

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