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  • Food habits of water-birds of the Sundarbans, 24-Parganas District, West Bengal.

    Sundarbans National Park, India

  • The water does not appear to be deep, but covers a large area; there were a few pelicans and other water-birds on it.

    The Journals of John McDouall Stuart

  • At seven miles struck it; found plenty of water, but very salt, with pelicans and other water-birds upon it.

    The Journals of John McDouall Stuart

  • Ducks flew up in pairs — and it was strange to see those water-birds darting rapidly about among the pines.

    The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories

  • They might be the notes of owls or water-birds, yet they did not quite resemble either sound.

    Lost Hearts by M. R. James | Solar Flare: Science Fiction News

  • It was a wide extent of marshy land, and they would probably find good sport, for water-birds ought to swarm there.

    The Mysterious Island

  • Once there was a child, whose face was like the new moon shining on cypress trees and the feathers of water-birds.

    New Column

  • And at one point it was that a wier-wier, one of the solitary water-birds of this region, uttered its ouphe and barghest cry, flying from somewhere near into some darker recess within the woods.

    An American Tragedy

  • We saw many of the pretty white ardea, and other water-birds, flying over the spots not yet dried up; and occasionally wild ducks, but these only in numbers sufficient to remind us that we were approaching the Zambesi, where every water-fowl has a home.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • True, you could usually hear the ponderous water-birds coming from a mile away—their telltale shrill calls were as loud as a car alarm—and even if they were flying very high or the wind was wrong, the urgent twitter of the portable radar set gave enough warning to allow you time to shoulder the launcher and take a bead.

    The Dick Cheney Code

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