The Game birds and wild fowl of Sweden and Norway

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F. Warne & Company, 1867 - 599 pages
 

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Page 240 - held in a horizontal direction; the ruff, and indeed every feather, more or less distended; the former sweeping the ground as a shield to defend the more tender parts; the auricles erected, and the tail partly spread,— upon the whole assuming a most ferocious aspect. When either
Page 533 - The male differs from the female in the belly from the vent to the tail fin being much broader, and in having for about two-thirds of its length two soft flaps, which fold together and form a false belly (or pouch). They breed in the summer; the females casting their roe into the false belly of the male.
Page 185 - is a favourite place for their repose : the thick and varnished leaves of these trees prevent the radiation of heat from the soil, and they are less affected by the refrigerating influence of a clear sky, so that they afford a warm seat for the Woodcock.
Page 186 - sometimes contains seeds, which I suspect have been taken up in 'boring' amongst the excrements of cattle. Yet the stomach of this bird has something of the gizzard character, though not so much as that of the Land-Rail, which I have found half-filled with seeds of grasses, and even containing corn, mixed with May-bugs, earthworms, grasshoppers, and caterpillars.
Page 388 - and the sea smooth, crowding around • us at the distance of a few yards, and looking as if they had some kind of notion that we were of the same species, or, at least, genus, with themselves. The gambols in the water of my playful companions, and their noise and merriment, seemed to our imagination to excite
Page 443 - the water, which was coloured with their blood. We afterwards observed them bringing them up at times above the surface, as if for air, and again diving under it with a dreadful bellowing. The female, in particular, whose young had been destroyed and taken into the boat, became so enraged that she attacked the cutter, and struck her tusks through the bottom of it.
Page 198 - storms, and the May-fields have mantles of hoar. " Then why do we stay In the North, where the Sun More dimly each day His brief course will run ( And why need we sigh ? We leave but a grave To cleave through the sky On the
Page 443 - will defend her young to the very last, and at the expense of her own life, whether in the water or on the ice. Nor will the
Page 439 - like, indeed, was it, that the surgeon of the ship actually reported to me his having seen a man with his head just appearing above the surface of the water.
Page 440 - so loud that in the night, or in foggy weather, they gave us notice of the vicinity of the ice before we could see it.

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