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  • n. Plural form of sheldrake.


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  • Herds of wild ponies dot the hills, and black duck and sheldrakes are heading their young broods on the mirror-like ponds.

    Acadia or, A Month with the Blue Noses

  • The same thing is noticeable among the sheldrakes also, namely, that each pair, or rather each mother and her brood, have their own piece of lake or river on which no others are allowed to fish.

    Secret of the Woods

  • I had stood there a few days before, while watching to determine the air paths and lines of flight that sheldrakes use in passing up and down the lake, -- for birds have runways, or rather flyways, just as foxes do.

    Secret of the Woods

  • Whereupon Koskomenos swept away to his watchtower above the minnow pool, and the hawk set his wings toward the outlet, where a brood of young sheldrakes were taking their first lessons in the open water.

    Secret of the Woods

  • The male sheldrakes meanwhile are far away, fishing on their own waters.

    Secret of the Woods

  • A curious thing, in this connection, is that while a kingfisher will allow none of his kind to poach on his preserves, he lives at peace with the brood of sheldrakes that occupy the same stretch of river.

    Secret of the Woods

  • As with the kingfishers and sheldrakes, each pair of birds seem to have their own pond or portion; but by what old law of the waters they find and stake their claim is yet to be discovered.

    Wood Folk at School

  • The lakeside was literally covered with ducks, geese, sheldrakes and bustards.

    With the Tibetans in Tent and Temple: Narrative of Four Years' Residence on the Tibetan Borders, and of a Journey into the Far Interior

  • It was too early yet for the tide of travel which sends a score of boats up and down this thoroughfare every day; and from shore to shore the water was unruffled, except by a flock of sheldrakes which had been feeding near Plymouth Rock, and now went skittering off into Weller Bay with a motion between flying and swimming, leaving a long wake of foam behind them.

    Little Rivers; a book of essays in profitable idleness

  • We saw a few wood-ducks, sheldrakes, and black ducks, but they were not so numerous there at that season as on our river at home.

    The Maine Woods


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