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  • And swift in the wake of gull and frigate-bird the Wreckers come, the Spoilers of the dead, savage skimmers of the sea, hurricane-riders wont to spread their canvas-pinions in the face of storms; * * * smugglers by opportunity -- wild channel-finders from obscure bayous and unfamiliar chenieres, all skilled in the mysteries of these mysterious waters beyond the comprehension of the oldest licensed pilot ... .

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  • The “Terror” is a sea bird, an albatross or frigate-bird, which can rest at will upon the waves!

    The Master of the World

  • In nearly every tree were to be seen the rude nests of the frigate-bird, built of a few coarse sticks; and numbers of the birds themselves, with their singular blood-red pouches inflated to the utmost extent, were flying in from the sea.

    The Island Home

  • If the frigate-bird caught the fish transversely, it rose, dropped its prey, and seized it again by the head before it struck the water.

    X. Bird Reserves at the Mouth of the Mississippi

  • The latter are each provided with a beak-like projection, on which appears the circle surrounded by dots noted above in connection with the frigate-bird.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices

  • Tro-Cortesianus 10b (Pl. 16, fig. 2) occurs again the curious symbol, a circle surrounded by dots, previously noted under the frigate-bird and pelican.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices

  • It seems probable that the frigate-bird (_Fregata aquila_) is the species intended, as this is not only a large conspicuous form on these coasts, but it has a long and strongly hooked beak and forked tail.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices

  • Moreover, this same sign occurs on the drawings of the bills of the frigate-bird and the ocellated turkey, and is evidently not of specific significance.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices

  • Yet there are upland geese with webbed feet which rarely go near the water; and no one except Audubon has seen the frigate-bird, which has all its four toes webbed, alight on the surface of the ocean.

    VI. Difficulties of the Theory. On the Origin and Transitions of Organic Beings with Peculiar Habits and Structure

  • In the frigate-bird, the deeply scooped membrane between the toes shows that structure has begun to change.

    VI. Difficulties of the Theory. On the Origin and Transitions of Organic Beings with Peculiar Habits and Structure

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