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Through the Air

Naturevolume 149page564 (1942) | Download Citation



THIS is a reprinted account of a series of broad-casts which Michael Bratby has made, mainly upon wild geese, and there are a number of black and white illustrations by his friend Peter Scott. There are also two excellent photographs of a pink-footed goose on her nest, evidently in Iceland or Greenland, and a magnificent photograph of an Arctic hare. Unfortunately, we are left in the dark as to who took these outstanding photographs. There are two very good photographs (facing pp. 57 and 60), taken, we are told, in Icelandic waters. Judging from the icebergs the climatic conditions that season in Iceland must have been exceptionally severe, and the conditions recorded resemble, rather, Greenland or Spitsbergen. There is a most interesting account (pp. 29, 30) of a flight of blue snow geese descending on the water on migration in dense mist and being swept over Niagara Falls. Most were killed during that tremendous descent, but a few survived, and were brought to England.

Through the Air

Adventures with Wild Fowl, and Small-boat Sailing. By Michael Bratby and Peter Scott. Pp. 128 + 21 plates. (London: Country Life, Ltd., 1941.) 10s. 6d. net.

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