By Konrad Guenther
Boston 1931 Houghton Mifflin. Translated by way of B. Miall. Hardcover. 8vo, 400pp., photograph illustrations, index, fabric. VG, conceal calmly dirty and shelf worn, no DJ.
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I have seen one of them detect a worm on the ground from a height of fifteen feet down it came, in little sudden rushes, and devoured its prey. All their movements are vivacious; and the rapid nodding of the head adds to the general impression of an absurd and laughable nervousness. I used often to watch them from my window in Olinda. They were forever at the pear-trees, to the indignation of the Brothers who tended the garden. There were frequent quarrels; one would rush at another and bite him, and on such occasions they lashed their tails to and fro, either in menace or in self-encouragement.
The black and white bodies lay horizontal on the water. The third inhabitant of the southern hemisphere which I encountered was the albatross. Without a movement of their wings, the albatrosses floated lightly to and fro behind the ship, their brown pinions When, La sailing I I experienced a treat which ; D 49 A NATURALIST IN BRAZIL outstretched from their white bodies Uke the balancing-pole of a rope-walker.
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A Naturalist in Brazil: The Record Of a Year's Observation of Her Flora, Her Fauna, and Her People by Konrad Guenther