The Hunter's Arcadia

Paperback | May 12, 2012

byParker Gillmore

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 Excerpt: ...of this disagreeable proclivity it must do a great amount of good, so is well deserving of pardon. These finches build in communities, the giraffe-acacia being usually the tree it selects, which is reported to die soon after being so utilised. The nests consist of an immense amount of twigs, ten times as many as would be supposed necessary for their purpose, and the whole is so firmly woven together as to render it a difficult matter to pull it apart. The entrance into their nursery is most skilfully fashioned, and would repel NAM AQUA DOVE. 151 the approach of anything larger than the smallest of snakes. Another charming bird to he found abundant in this vicinity is the Namaqua dove Columba capcnsis). It is very little larger than a canary, and is possessed of all the warm, soft, blended plumage of its species, with the exception of the black ring round its neck, which is larger and more distinct. The nest of this dove differs from that of its congeners, for it is very neatly put together, the fork of the limbs of a low bush being generally selected for its resting-place, and the eggs, which are semi-transparent, have a delicate pink tint; in fact, they are exactly such as would be expected to be produced by such a little darling. Bareekie, the chief, had given me a youth as an attendant. His sharp eyes found me this dove's nest, but he was consulting his own interests, not mine, when he did so; for, before I became aware what the urchin was prying about, he had swallowed one egg, and was about to repeat the experiment on the other. However, I was in time to thwart his little game. This youth was, or nearly so, a full-bred bushman, and had without exception the most repulsive figure possible to imagine, for his limbs were no thicker than broomsticks; yet h...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 Excerpt: ...of this disagreeable proclivity it must do a great amount of good, so is well deserving of pardon. These finches build in commun...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:May 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217586953

ISBN - 13:9780217586955

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