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    612-822-4611

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Birds and Man: Large Print

Birds and Man: Large Print

Hudson, W. H.

Paperback

General NaturePets: Birds

ISBN13: 9798656108010
Published: Jun 30 2020
Pages: 138
Weight: 0.74
Height: 0.30 Width: 8.50 Depth: 11.02
Language: English
Years ago, in a chapter concerning eyes in a book of Patagonian memories, I spoke of the unpleasant sensations produced in me by the sight of stuffed birds. Not bird skins in the drawers of a cabinet, it will be understood, these being indispensable to the ornithologist, and very useful to the larger class of persons who without being ornithologists yet take an intelligent interest in birds. The unpleasantness was at the sight of skins stuffed with wool and set up on their legs in imitation of the living bird, sometimes (oh, mockery!) in their natural surroundings. These surroundings are as a rule constructed or composed of a few handfuls of earth to form the floor of the glass case-sand, rock, clay, chalk, or gravel; whatever the material may be it invariably has, like all matter out of place, a grimy and depressing appearance. On the floor are planted grasses, sedges, and miniature bushes, made of tin or zinc and then dipped in a bucket of green paint. In the chapter referred to it was said, When the eye closes in death, the bird, except to the naturalist, becomes a mere bundle of dead feathers; crystal globes may be put into the empty sockets, and a bold life-imitating attitude given to the stuffed specimen, but the vitreous orbs shoot forth no life-like glances: the 'passion and the life whose fountains are within' have vanished, and the best work of the taxidermist, who has given a life to his bastard art, produces in the mind only sensations of irritation and disgust.

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