By Frank Kingdon Ward
In the course of the first years of the 20 th century, the British plant collector and explorer Frank Kingdon Ward went on twenty-four impossibly bold expeditions all through Tibet, China, and Southeast Asia, looking for infrequent and elusive species of vegetation. He used to be chargeable for the invention of diverse kinds formerly unknown in Europe and the USA, together with the mythical Tibetan blue poppy, and the advent in their seeds into the world’s gardens. Kingdon Ward’s money owed catch all of the romance of his wildly adventurous expeditions, no matter if he was once swinging throughout a bottomless gorge on a cable of twisted bamboo strands or clambering throughout a rocky scree in worry of an forthcoming avalanche. Drawn from writings out of print for nearly seventy-five years, this new assortment, edited and brought through specialist horticulturalist and House & Garden columnist Tom Christopher, returns Kingdon Ward to his deserved position within the literature of discovery and the literature of the backyard.
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Adult has white-spotted flanks. Juv duller, with white flank spots and streaks. In flight shows unpatterned wings and is plain overall, but look for flank spots. 1 48 1 1♂ 1♀ 2♀ 2♂ 3♀ 3♂ 4 6 4 ad 6 ad 5 ad 7 ad 5 7 8 ad 8 Plate 6 GREBES, DUCKS, AND RAILS 1 1 Australasian Grebe Tachybaptus novaehollandiae 25 cm. More common and widespread than Tricoloured G. Resident. AU visitors likely. On lakes and ponds. Yellow eye. White wing blaze on primaries as well as secondaries. Breeding adult has black throat.
Male with conspicuous comb and bare skin of face and neck bluish white. Female and Juv comb reduced, skin of face and neck greenish grey. Chick with deep bill and dark legs. Subsp shown: arfakianus (NG and Bay Is: Yapen) comb red (blue in race misoliensis from Misool I in NW Is). 265 41–46 cm. Waigeo I only, in upland forest. Adult differs from Wattled BT by pink head and neck and chestnut-brown underparts. Illustration shows displaying male with wattles extended. Female has a much-reduced comb and other wattles essentially absent; face and neck with more black, bristlelike hairs.