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" If you should try the experiment in still larger birds, the disparity would still increase. It must be matter of great curiosity to see the stilt plover move ; to observe how it can wield such a length of lever with such feeble muscles as the thighs seem... "
The Natural History of Selborne: With Observations on Various Parts of ... - Seite 261
von Gilbert White - 1851 - 416 Seiten
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Animal Biography: Or, Authentic Anecdotes of the Lives, Manners, and ..., Band 2

William Bingley - 1803
...to observe how it can wield such a length of lever with such feeble muscles as the thighs seem to be furnished with. At best one should expect it to be...adds to the wonder is that it has no back toe. Now, * It ought hefe to be remarlte.l, that Mr. Whi-e appears to have calculated the weight* of these birds...
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A Natural History of All the Most Remarkable Quadrupeds, Birds, Fishes ...

J. Macloc - 1820 - 336 Seiten
...to observe how it can wield such a length of lever with such feeble muscles as the thighs seem to be furnished with : at best, one should expect it to...steady prop to support its steps, it must be liable to perpetual vacillations, and seldom able to preserve the true centre of gravity. These long-legged...
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A Natural History of the Most Remarkable Quadrupeds, Birds, Fishes ..., Band 2

Mary Trimmer - 1825
...with such feeble muscles as the thighs seem be furnished with. At best, one should expect it to be a bad walker : but what adds to the wonder is that...without that steady prop to support its steps, it must, theoretically, be liable to perpetual vacillations, and seldom able to preserve the true centre of...
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Animal biography, or, Popular zoology, Band 3

William Bingley - 1829
...to observe how it can wield such a length of lever with such feeble muscles as the thighs seem to be furnished with. At best, one should expect it to be...Now, without that steady prop to support its steps, ii must, theoretically, be liable to perpetual vacillations, and seldom able to preserve the true centre...
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Buffon's Natural history, corrected and enlarged by J. Wright. (To which are ...

Georges Louis Le Clerc (comte de Buffon.) - 1831
...with such feeble muscles as the thighs seem to be furnished with. At best, one should expect it to be a bad walker: but what adds to the wonder is that...without that steady prop to support its steps, it must, theoretically, be liable to perpetual vacillations, and seldom able to preserve the true centre of...
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A System of Natural History: Containing Scientific and Popular Descriptions ...

1834 - 684 Seiten
...with such feeble muscles as the thighs seem to be furnished with. At best, one would expect it to be a bad walker ; but what adds to the wonder is, that it has no back toe." THE GOLDEN PLOVER. I THE golden, or green plover, is a well known bird, and is found in small flocks,...
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The Faculties of Birds

James Rennie - 1835 - 338 Seiten
...to observe how it can wield such a length of lever with such feeble muscles as the thighs seem to be furnished with. At best one should expect it to be...able to preserve the true centre of gravity §." The truth is that the legs are not formed for walking, but for wading; and we have the testimony of Wilson...
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A Dictionary of Sports: Or, Companion to the Field, the Forest, and the ...

Harry Harewood - 1835 - 365 Seiten
...such feeble muscles as its thighs are furnished with, would be vastly interesting: at best, one would expect it to be but a bad walker ; but what adds to the wonder is, that it has no back toe, without which prop to support its steps, it must be liable, one would think, to perpetual vacillations,...
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The Penny Cyclopædia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful ..., Band 18

1840
...to observe how it can wield such a length of lever with such feeble muscles as the thighs seem to be furnished with. At best one should expect it to be...Himantopus is taken from Pliny ; and, by an awkward melaphor, implies that the legs are as slender and pliant as if cut out of a thong of leather. Neither...
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The Natural History of Selborne

Gilbert White - 1842 - 335 Seiten
...to observe how it can wield such a length of lever with such feeble muscles as the thighs seem to be furnished with. At best one should expect it to be...preserve the true centre of gravity. The old name of himanlopus is taken from Pliny ; and, by an awkward metaphor, implies that the legs are as slender...
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