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Identifier: handbookofbirdso00litt (find matches)
Title: A handbook of the birds of Tasmania and its dependencies
Year: 1910 (1910s)
Authors: Littler, Frank Mervyn
Subjects: Birds -- Australia Tasmania
Publisher: Launceston, Tasmania : F.M. Littler
Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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th American side of the Pacific ; otherwise very generallydistributed (B. M. Cat.) Observations.—It is somewhat doubtful whether this Ternreally does come as far south as the Tasmanian seas, but at thesame time it is quite probable stragglers do come down. Mr. A.J. Campbell states that he has seen eggs of this species supposedto have been taken in the Furneaux Group, but he was unable toobtain confirmatory evidence. In an interesting account of this Tern on Ascension Island,Captain Sperling writes:— Leaving Comfortless Cove about themiddle of the day, I walked two dreary miles of cinders and ashes,uncheered by a symptom of vegetation, before I noticed flocks ofTenis converging from various parts of the ocean to a spot appar-ently about a mile in front of me; but as yet I observed nothingof the fair. At length, on turning slightly to the left, and sur-mounting a low ridge, the whole scene was disclosed. A gradualincline of a quarter of a mile terminated in a plain of ten or fifteen
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BIRDS OF TASMANIA. 151 acres in extent, which was hterally covered with the birds. Theplain was surrounded by low mountains, except on the side onwhich we stood, and, being entirely sheltered from the wind, itsheat under the full blaze of a tropical sun was very oppressive.No description can give an adequate idea of the effect producedby the thousands upon thousands of these wild sea-birds, floatingand screaming over this arid cinder-bed, the eggs and youngscattered so thickly over the ground that in some instances it wasimpossible to avoid crushing them, and the bleached bones of deadbirds distributed in all directions. During our short walk downthe incline, large Hocks of parent birds hovered over our heads,and assailed us with plaintive cries, regardless of our sticks, withwhich we might have killed any number of them; but theirbeautiful pure black and white plumage and graceful motionscaused it to appear almost a sin to knock anj of them down. Onarriving within the precincts of th
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