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74 TEXAS NATURE OBSERVATIONS AND REMINISCENCES.
only a few feet off, until suddenly
and swiftly as if by magic, it
spreads its long speckled wings-
and off it goes, flying over our
heads in an erratic flight. It is a
most fascinating sight to behold
how these lively birds fly with the
swiftness of an arrow over the
prairie-plains-always, when hun-
gry, seeking some waterpool or
rivulet, where lots of insects con-
gregate. Often scores of them
caught, the peculiar and loud sound
of cutting the ai" current with
its wing feathers ,s heard a great
The photo herein of two such
bullbats was taken by the writer
lately during an outing along
the romantic river bot torn near the
ancient mission Ispadla sut l h of San
Antonio, and a separate original
view of the landscape-also the
haunts of the red bird. mockingbird,
Ki mi . i I- IVC ER BOTTOM SCENERY, EAR 5AN ANTO IO( . THE HAUiN S (F )i IIIZ l) 3I RIB,
MIOCKING BIRD, WHIP-POOR -WILL AND OTHER TEXAS FOREST San N ;S
can be seen thus engaged, executing
all sorts of circular and angular
flying manuevers closely over the
water's surface, with aloud, screech-
ing noise--aided by the swift
movements of their wings (cutting
and flying and rotating from
one edge of the water -along a
tank or creek, to the other; and
each time an insect is to be
Whip-poor-will and other songsters,
is vividly depicted. It is a favorite
fishing place of an Anltonians
seeking recreation anId l ature ob-
servations along this shayv and
historic rivulet of the metropolis,
and it depicts the peculiar and
tropical vegetation on both sides
of the river, the left part being
densely supplied with willow and
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Menger, R. Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscenses, book, 1913; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143558/m1/78/?q=menger: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.