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Essays on early ornithology and kindred subjectsAuthor: February 4, [EBook ]Language: From anexample in the British Museum of Natural History. Bypermission of the Director. This plate should be compared with that opposite p. An immature example of that species was not available forreproduction.
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By permission of the Director. Ce serait donc une race distincte. Mand national customs of the peoples of his day in the Far East. Of these addenda to his story not one is more incredible than that of the rukh,and yet that addendum may be regarded as indicating the transition from theutterly incredible to the admixture of truth with fiction in bird-lore.
The Project Gutenberg eBook of Essays on Early Ornithology, by James R. McClymont The islands of the Banda Sea, with the exception of Letti, Kisser, and Wetter, constitute the Ceram sub-group or the Moluccan group; the principal units are Buru, Amboyna, Great Banda, Ceram, Ceram Laut, Goram, Kur, Babar, and Dama. Oct 31, · Essays on Early Ornithology and Kindred Subjects ESSAYS ON EARLY ORNITHOLOGY copies printed Casuarius uniappendiculatus, juv. ESSAYS. ON EARLY ORNITHOLOGY. AND KINDRED SUBJECTS. BY JAMES R. McCLYMONT. M.A., AUTHOR OF 'PEDRALUAREZ CABRAL' 'VICENTE AÑES PINÇON' WITH THREE PLATES. Essays on early ornithology and kindred subjects Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item. Essays on early ornithology and kindred subjects. by McClymont, James R. Publication date Topics Ornithology -- History. Publisher London [England]: Bernard Quaritch.
For, whilst therukh possessed some characteristics which are utterly fabulous, others arecredible enough. We are told, for example, that it resembled an eagle, that itwas carnivorous, that it possessed remarkable powers of flight, and that itvisited islands which lay to the south of Zanzibar, within the influence of anocean current which rendered difficult or impossible a voyage from theseregions to India, and which therefore must have tended in a southerly direction.
In this current we have no difficulty in recognising that of Mozambique.
On theother hand, that the rukh had an expanse of wing of thirty paces, and that itcould lift an elephant in its talons, are of course utterly incredible assertions.
Thus two streams united into one floated the conception of the rukh—amythological stream taking its rise from the simourgh of the Persians and astream of fact taking its rise in the observation of a real bird which visitedcertain islands off the south-east coast of Africa, and which is said to haveresembled an eagle and may have been a sea-eagle.
Although it is called a roteiro, it is in fact a purely personaland popular account of the voyage, and does not contain either sailingdirections or a systematic description of all the ports which were visited, as onemight expect in a roteiro.
There is no reason to believe that it was written byVasco da Gama. An officer in such high authority would not be likely to write hisnarrative anonymously.
The faulty and variable orthography of the roteiro alsorenders improbable the hypothesis that Vasco da Gama was the author. The journal of the first voyage of Columbus contains many allusions to the birdswhich were seen in the course of it by the great discoverer.
In this respect theroteiro of the first voyage of Vasco da Gama resembles it. The journal ofColumbus is the earliest record of an important voyage of discovery whichrecognises natural history as an aid to navigators, the roteiro is the next.
The author of the roteiro notes that birds resembling large herons were seen inthe month of August,at which time, I opine, the vessels of Da Gama werenot far from the Gulf of Guinea, or were, perhaps, making their way across thatgulf.
These shells may have been thoseof nautili.
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