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Title: Wild wings; adventures of a camera-hunter among the larger wild birds of North America on sea and land
Year: 1905 (1900s)
Authors: Job, Herbert Keightley, 1864-1933
Subjects: Birds Photography of birds
Publisher: Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin & company, London, Archibald Constable
Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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o the shore. One of them owned an un-completed building, partly open on one side, which we foundideal for a camp and base of supplies. Leaving a oruide andanother settler to transfer our stuff from the vessel, and delay-ing onlv long enough to examine the nest of a Florida Red-shouldered Hawk with its one youthful occupant just able toflv, located in a strip of black mangr()-es near the shore, westruck inland with the other guide — Bradley, the game-warden of Monroe County — to visit a lake which lay severalmiles north through the mangrove swamj). There was noboat in the lonelv lake, but the guide proposed to carry acanvas canoe. This we found hidden in the confines of theswamp. It weighed over fifty pounds, and, as we pushed onhour after hour through the maze of mangrove roots andtropical jungle, following a trail so blind that we often lost it,I was amazed at the strength of the hardy pioneer whocarried it, a man of only moderate weight and size. IN THE CAPE SABLE WILDERNESS 43
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NEST AND YOUNG OF THE WOOD IBIS, BUILT ON THE TOPS OF THE MANGROVES Taking an occasional rest, during one of which Bradleyclimbed to the nest of a Red-shouldered Hawk in a slendertree, bringing the one young hawk down for me to photo-graph, and returning it again to its home, about noon we wererejoiced to catch sight, through the trees, of the lake, whichwe began to fear we had missed. It was about a mile long,with densely wooded shores, a mere layer of water over a bedof soft mud. Up near the farther end we could see an isletwith a lot of snow-white birds roosting on the trees. As wepaddled out toward it in the canoe, several alligators appearedahead of us, swimming desperately in their race for deeperwater and supposed security. Now and then they would raiseand turn their snouts to get an observation of our progress,then paddle away again. Poor brutes, they know that theirhides are wanted for purposes not agreeable to them ! 44 WILD WINGS As we neared the island, I saw that the whit
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