The most numerous, conspicuous and amusing creatures

TCD MS 10516 folio 63 recto

TCD MS 10516 folio 63 recto

[12th October 1916] ually disappeared in the month of August. Its most interesting feature was its nest which it concealed behind the fronds of the palm-trees, for the bird possessed the peculiar habit of incorporating the slough of snakes and lizards with the lining material of its nest. In most nests some of the cast scales of reptiles might be found. The wonder was how the bird succeeded in finding such highly specialised material for the construction of its nest.

Tortoises: The most numerous, conspicuous and amusing creatures were the river tortoises. Their green heads with watchful eye used to peer above the surface of the water and they used to love to creep out of the stream and sun themselves on the muddy banks. They were always amusing.