THE STONECHAT''The maleis
a strikingly handsome bird*
KEARTONS' NATURE PICTURESBEAUTIFULLY REPRODUCED IN PHOTOGRAVURE, COLOUR, AND BLACK AND WHITE FROM PHOTOGRAPHS BY RICHARD AND CHERRY KEARTON
WITH DESCRIPTIVE TEXTBY
THE WAVERLEY BOOK COMPANY, LIMITED7,
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
CONTENTS OF VOLUMEmi.i
on RED-BACKED SHRIKE.
COMMON CORMORANT, CRO\V, THE HOODY OR GREY CICKOO, THE l)i>i;\mi si.. THE COMMON DOTTEREL, THE COMMON ro\, THE GUILLEMOT, THE COMMON GULL, THE BLACK-HEADED GULL, THE COMMON GULL, THE GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, THE KITTIWAKE HAWK, THE SPARROW HEDGEHOG, THE, OR URCHIN HEDGE-SPARROW, THE KESTREL, THE LAPWING, THE, OR PEEWIT LINNET, THE MERLIN, THE MOLE, THE COMMON MOUSE, THE COMMON NIGHTJAR, THE OWL, THE SHORT-EARED OXEYE, THE, OR GREAT TIT OYSTER CATCHER, THE PARTRIDGE, THE COMMON. . . . . . .
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PEEWIT. THE, OR LAPWING.
PLOVER, THE RINGED PTARMIGAN. THE RARRIT. THE RAT, THE BROWN. ..
RODIN, THE SANDPIPER, THE
COMMON SEDGF. WARBLER, THE SHRIKE, THE RED-HACKED SQUIRREL, THE SNAKE. THF COMMON OR RINGED SNIPE, THE COMMON SPARROW HAWK, THE STONECHAT, THE TERN, THE COMMON TERN, THE LESSER THRUSH, THE SONG TIT, THE GREAT TOAD, THE NATTERJACK, OR RUSH TROUT. THE COMMON VOLE, THE WATER WARBLER, THE MARSH WARBLER. THE SEDGE WHITETHROAT, THE COMMON OR GREATER WHITETHROAT, THE LESSER WRYNECK, THE
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COMMON GUILLEMOTS THE FOX YOl'NG SONG THRUSHES THE SQUIRREL (colour) FEMALE SPAKROW HAWK AND YOUNG HEDGE-SPARROW ON NEST BULLFINCH ON NEST MALE RED-BACKED SHRIKE (colour) THE MOLE GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL AT HOME LESSER WHITETHROAT AT NEST CORMORANTS (colour) A HEDGEHOG FAMILY. .
NESTLING MERLINS LAPWING ON EGGS
THE NATTERJACK TOADLESSER TERN PTARMIGAN ON NEST.
WRYNECK AT NESTING-HOLE.. .
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YOUNG HOODY CROWS.
SNIPES COVERING YOfNG
THE COMMON TROUT BLACK-HEADED GfLL THE SHORT-EARED OWL (colour) OYSTER-CATCHER AT HOMEMICE AT SUPPER. .
THE MARSH WARBLER THE BROWN RAT (colour) COMMON DOTTEREL ON NEST COMMON TERN ON NEST TREE PIPIT FEEDING A YOUNG CUCKOO.
THE NIGHTJAR (colour) YOUNG RABBITS AT HOME THE COMMON GULL LINNET FEEDING YOUNG YOUNG COMMON WHITETHROATS (colour) THE COMMON, OR RINGED SNAKE THE COMMON SANDPIPER ON HER NEST GREAT TIT, OR OXEYE THE COMMON DORMOUSE (colour) THE COMMON PARTRIDGE THE KITTIWAKE GULL THE KESTREL THE ROBIN (colour) THE WATER VOLE THE SEDGE-WARBLER THE RINGED PLOVER..
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not go through the world blind to Nature's beauties or deaf to her music.
pleasure out of the place and count that the real test of ownership."
Every intelligent and woman should learn toread something in the great wonder book of Nature, and thus add an incalculable pleasure to life. The world and all that is in it belongs only to thoseI was walking neighbourhood, and was met by a stranger who asked " To whom does this place belong ? " " To me," I replied. I suppose my sunbleached green tweed jacket and rough, muddy boots filled him with worldly " Inincredulity, for he exclaimed I thought it was owned by Sir deed So-and-So." "Yes," I answered, "he is the nominal owner, and takes the rent and the trouble, but I get all theit.
knowledge of birds, and flowers adds a great
unfailing joy to life, for they are constant friends, with an infinite variety of appeal to all that is sanest, healthiest,
feathered friends as an example ; they charm us by their sweet songs, brilliantcolours, graceful movements, and interesting habits, yet never seem to grow stale or lose their sprightly youth. You
across an estate in
your old home
Scotland, Wales, Ireor anywhere else, to dwell in the land, murk and gloom of some great city ;shire, Yorkshire,
you return again
ten, twenty, or
thirty years afterwards, you will find that, although the men and women youleft
behind have changed and grown
old, the birdsin
They show no
KEARTONS' NATURE PICTURESalthough of secondary importance, be as accurate, informatory, andteresting aswillin-
change of colour, no weakening of voice, no lack of activity, or loss of beauty. Therein lies one of their greatest charms:
and experience can
they link you to your youth, revive your hope, and renew your capacity for healthy enjoyment. The present work has been prepared at the request of friends who have expressed a wish for Kearton pictures from Nature on a larger scale of reproduction,
in order to give the
of the a bright and stimulating country-side glimpse of the wild creatures dwelling
who knows but
As a gentleman the chair at one ofvery aptly put it its devotees have:
recently took public lectures
The camera andthe
attitude of the public towards the subject, and to-day there is a demand for
accurate pictures and first-hand observation." Throughout the pages of this work no birds, beasts, system will be followed;
Familiar wild birds and beasts, seen almost daily round some British homestead or other, will find a place side by side with the very rarest feathered friends that visit our islands to breed. Bold Cock Robin will be figured together with the rare and gentle Red-Necked Phalarope, the cunning and wary Fox " earth," and the wee, sitting outside his the Ptarmigan timid Mouse at supper in the grey solitudes of her mistwreathed mountain home, and the Parthe noisy Oyster tridge in the hedge Catcher by the restless sea, and the the Skylark in the peaceful meadow gay Green Lizard and the sober-coloured Toad the Wood-Pigeon that coos softly in the copse, and the Owl that screeches the weirdly in the woods by night;; ; ;
sitting in stately grandeur on the topmost ledge of a towering maritime
insects will jostle together
as they jostle in Nature's own domain. The reader may, therefore, dip into it here, there, or anywhere, and find some-
and the Ringed Plover that meekly runs upon the shingle below these, and many others, will be figured and:
thing to interest or admire, just as he or she might do in a walk through the
along the seashore, or across lonely moor. First and foremost this is a picturebut the text, book, as its title implies
In short, it is confidently believed that the work will form the finest gallery of sun pictures of wild birds and beasts, taken amidst their natural surroundings, ever published in this or any other country. R> KEARTON>
'The male helps the female
to feed the
an inhabitant and waste lands, where furze, heather, and brambles growStonechatis
in tangled profusion.
a strikingly handsome bird. His sharply contrasted colours of black, white, and rusty brown, added to his fondness for perching on the topmost spray of any and every bush that comes
when compared with the Nightor the Blackcap, his excited ingale antics whilst delivering his short, sweet notes on the wing are sometimes very amusing. My friend Mr. Ussher has " very aptly described