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The British Bird Book, Vol. 8 of 12

The British Bird Book, Vol. 8 of 12

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Excerpt from The British Bird Book, Vol. 8 of 12: 200 Plates in Colour and Numerous Photographs; A Complete Work on the Birds, Nests and Eggs of Great Britain

The accompanying plates will give a good idea of both species, the bonxie being depicted making a savage charge upon a trespasser in its territory, and the Arctic chasing a tern with intent to rob. Famous pirates both, but of the two the smaller species, the Arctic, is the more alert; it is a buccaneer of the rollicking type; it seems to feel a fierce zest in its nefarious business, to love the doing of it as much as the reward. It will even make of it a pastime, swooping down upon one of its own kind in sheer exuberance of spirits, pursuing it with dizzy speed and amazing twists and turns, to be pursued in turn, ?inging forth as it goes its wild mewing call to mingle with the other wild harmonies of Nature's vast orchestra. The great-skua is equally bold, and its swiftness is perhaps greater, but its Spirit seems as sombre as its hue. It sweeps sorrowfully over the sea, and broods upon the waters as if it were the reincarnated spirit of a shipwrecked Viking. Such at least is the impression given by externals, and coloured by our human apperception. If we could only see with the eyes of these Skuas, and feel with their senses, get inside the creatures, so to speak, we should find no doubt that they differed little in their outlook on life.

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