American Ornithology: Or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States, Band 4

Constable and Company, 1831

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Seite 179 - I am, on this account, not displeased that the figure is not known as a bald eagle, but looks more like a turkey. For, in truth, the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America.
Seite 324 - Here and there the perches gave way under the weight with a crash, and falling to the ground, destroyed hundreds of the birds beneath, forcing down the dense groups with which every stick was loaded.
Seite 324 - The uproar continued the whole night; and as I was anxious to know to what distance the sound reached, I sent off...
Seite 324 - ... move off in a direction quite different from that in which they had arrived the evening before, and at sunrise all that were able to fly had disappeared. The...
Seite 179 - I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character : he does not get his living honestly : you may have seen him perched on some dead tree, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the...
Seite 180 - He is besides, (though a little vain and silly 'tis true, but not the worse emblem for that) a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British guards, who should presume to invade his farm-yard with a red coat on.
Seite 305 - It is where the Great Magnolia shoots up its majestic trunk, crowned with evergreen leaves, and decorated with a thousand beautiful flowers, that perfume the air around ; where the forests and fields are adorned with blossoms of every hue; where the golden Orange ornaments the gardens and groves; where Bignonias of various kinds interlace their climbing stems around the White-flowered Stuartia, and mounting still higher, cover the...
Seite 268 - Ducks of many species, the teal, the widgeon, the mallard, and others, are seen passing with great rapidity, and following the course of the current, but the eagle heeds them not. They are, at that time, beneath his attention. The next moment, however, the wild, trumpet-like sound of a yet distant, but approaching swan, is heard. A shriek from the female eagle comes across the stream ; ' for, kind reader, she is fully as alert as her mate.
Seite 269 - The snowwhite bird is now in sight; her long neck is stretched forward ; her eye is on the watch, vigilant as that of her enemy ; her large wings seem with difficulty to support the weight of her body, although they flap incessantly. So irksome do her exertions seem, that her very legs are spread beneath her tail to aid her flight.

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