Thislittle bird no doubt appears more numerous than it really is, fromits habit of following with seeming curiosity any person who entersthese silent woods: continually uttering a harsh twitter, itflutters from tree to tree, within a few feet of the intruder'sface. I was much surprised to find under the microscopethat this vegetable mould is really marine mud, full of minuteparticles of organic bodies. The captain exclaimed, "Look there! a man whohas seen half the world says it is the case; we always thought so,but now we know it. PLATE 24. Amost paradoxical mixture of sound and silence pervades the shadyparts of the wood. In walking across these thick beds of mimosae, abroad track was marked by the change of shade, produced by thedrooping of their sensitive petioles. The only sensation I experienced was a slighttightness across the head and chest, like that felt on leaving awarm room and running quickly in frosty weather. Hereand there a peak or ridge of grey quartz rock breaks through thesmooth surface. I often wondered how so firm a friendship had beenestablished. Bibron, M. Waiomio. Aug. If such be the case, and the vulture is on the wing at aheight of between three and four thousand feet, before it couldcome within the range of vision, its distance in a straight linefrom the beholder's eye would be rather more than two Britishmiles. Our sport was very poor; but I had anopportunity of seeing the ruins of one of the ancient Indianvillages, with its mound like a natural hill in the centre. Geese. Chonos Archipelago. St. The object of this practice is, I believe, to tear off theragged points of their claws, and not, as the Gauchos think, tosharpen them. They passed the night here; and it was impossible toconceive anything more wild and savage than the scene of
theirbivouac. The day was overpoweringly hot, andthe lake looked clear and blue: I hurried down the cindery slope,and, choked with dust, eagerly tasted the water--but, to my sorrow,I found it salt as brine. )(PLATE 21. The same thing occurs with the little owl ofthe Pampas (Athene cunicularia), which has so often been describedas standing like a sentinel at the
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