National Geographic : 1909 May
CAMPS AND CRUISES OF AN ORNITHOL OGIST BY GEORGE SHIRAS, 3RD All the illustrations accompanying this article are from photographs by Mr Frank M. Chapman. They are copyrighted by D. Appleton & Co., publishers of "Camps and Cruises of an Ornithologist," from which they are republished by courtesy of Mr Chapman. WHEN an experienced field nat uralist of marked literary abil ity has mastered all the in tricacies of modern photography, we have the best kind of a combination for the production of an attractive and reliable book on natural history. In a recent pub lication, bearing the above title, Mr Frank M. Chapman, Curator of Birds in the American Museum of Natural His tory, has embodied in detail his last eight years' ornithological expeditions on the North American continent, covering more than 65,000 miles of travel on land and water, and involving an immense amount of original investigation, aside from the collection of a series of bird photographs heretofore unequaled within the compass of a single volume.* * Camps and Cruises of an Ornithologist. By Frank M. Chapman. With 250 photographs from nature. D. Appleton & Co., 1909. $3 net. SAND RENDERED IN FEATHERS: A YOUNG BLACK SKIMMER ON COBB'S ISLAND The hollow where the eggs are laid is not a chance depression, but is made by the bird the female, so far as was observed-which, squatting close, turns round and round, actually boring out a shallow cavity in the easily yielding sand.