“And not a bird was seen or heard, neither rail nor water-hen, wag-tail nor reed-warbler.”
“Their place on the water had been taken by a small fleet of ducks, mostly white Aylesburys, but with a visiting mallard in convoy, and one water-hen.”
“The males of the white and black water-hen have tails something like those of a pheasant.”
“The black and white long-toed water-hen continues plentiful: when alarmed by kites, etc. it pursues them uttering a low mournful scream, until it has succeeded in getting its enemy off to some distance; it then returns,”
“After you have duly admired and examined snipe, pigeon, quail, and water-hen, your friend again rummages in the depths of his _gibecière_, and pulls out -- what?”
“No wind,' said Starboard, looking up the river on which the only ripple was made by a water-hen swimming across.”
“Heron, kestrel, coot, water-hen, he had already added to his list of birds seen, and just before meeting those racing boats he had seen a bird with two tufts sticking out from the top of its head, and only its slim neck showing above the water.”
“The little black water-hen came out of the river and they fed it.”
“And he himself followed the little black water-hen who showed him all the shallow places in the river so that he crossed with the water never above his waist.”
“Joanna felt annoyed with her for dressing up all quiet as a water-hen, but she could see that, in spite of it, her sacrifice in having her party transferred from the glamorous evening hour had been justified.”
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