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8 The island of birds
  The island of birds
  Next day, after a fine breakfast of porridge and cream, and grilled1 herrings, the tents were struckand the five went aboard their boat. It was called Lucky Star, which the children thought was avery nice name.
  Kiki had not been popular with the old fisherman and his wife. They had never seen a parrotbefore, and they regarded Kiki with suspicion.
  ‘God save the King,’ said Kiki, having learnt by experience that most people thought this was afine thing for her to say. But she spoilt it by adding. ‘Pop goes the Queen, pop, pop, pop!’
  Now she was aboard with the others, and once again the boat was skimming over the bluewater. Once again the sky was blue and the sun was hot. True May weather, that made the sea aclear, translucent2 blue, and set thousands of little sparkles dancing over the water.
  ‘I’ve still got that lovely feeling,’ said Lucy-Ann happily, as she dangled3 her hand over the sideof the boat and felt the cool, silky water catch hold of her fingers and trail them back. ‘Now to findsome bird-islands. We really are going to find some today, aren’t we, Bill?’
  ‘We certainly are,’ said Bill, and gave the boat a little extra speed. Spray came up and felllightly over everyone.
  ‘Ooooh, lovely!’ said Dinah. ‘I was so hot. That cooled me beautifully. Let her out again, Bill! Icould do with some more of that.’
  For five hours they sped over the water, and then Jack4 gave a shout. ‘The islands! Look, you cansee little blobs here and there on the horizon! They must be the islands!’
  And now the children began to see a great many different birds on the water and in the air. Jackcalled out their names exitedly. ‘There’s a shearwater! Jolly good name for it. And look Philip,that’s a razor-bill! – and gosh, is that a Little Auk?’
  The boys, well versed5 in the appearance of the wild sea-birds, almost fell overboard in theirexcitement. Many of the birds seemed to have no fear of the noisy boat at all, but went bobbing ontheir way, hardly bothering to swerve6 when it neared them.
  ‘There’s a shag diving,’ shouted Jack. ‘Look! You can see it swimming under water – it’scaught a fish. Here it comes. It’s clumsy getting out of the water to fly. Gosh, if only I’d got mycamera ready!’
  Kiki watched the many birds out of baleful eyes. She did not like the interest that Jack suddenlyappeared to take in these other birds. When a great gull7 appeared, flying leisurely8 right over theboat, Kiki shot up underneath9 it, gave a fearful screech10, and turned a somersault in the air. Thegull, startled, rose vertically11 on its strong wings and let out an alarmed cry.
  Kiki imitated it perfectly12, and the gull, thinking that Kiki must be some strange kind of relation,circled round. Then it made a pounce13 at the parrot. But Kiki flipped14 round, and then dropped toJack’s shoulder.
  ‘Eee-oo!’ she called defiantly15, and the gull, after a doubtful glance, went on its way, wondering,no doubt, what kind of a gull this was that behaved in such a peculiar16 manner.
  ‘You’re an idiot, Kiki,’ said Jack. ‘One of these days a gull will eat you for his dinner.’
  ‘Poor old Kiki,’ said the parrot, and gave a realistic groan17. Bill laughed. ‘I can’t imagine whatKiki will do when we see the puffins, waddling18 about among the heather and sea-pinks,’ he said.
  ‘I’m afraid she will give them an awful time.’
  As they came nearer to the first island, more and more birds were to be seen on and above thewater. They glided20 gracefully21 on the wind, they dived down for fish, they bobbed along like toyducks. There was a chorus of different cries, some shrill22, some guttural, some mournful andforlorn. They gave the children a wild, exultant23 kind of feeling.
  As they came near to the island the children fell silent. A tall cliff towered in front of them, andit was covered from top to bottom with birds! The children stared in delight.
  Birds, birds, birds! On every ledge25 they stood or squatted26, thousands of white gannets, myriadsof the browner guillemots, and a mixture of other sea-birds that the boys could hardly make out,though they glued their field-glasses to their eyes for minutes on end.
  ‘What a coming and going!’ said Bill, staring with fascinated eyes, too. And it certainly was.
  Besides the birds that stood on the ledges27, there were always others arriving and others leaving.
  That way and this went the busy birds, with a chorus of excited cries.
  ‘They’re not very careful with their eggs,’ said Lucy-Ann, in distress28, when she looked throughJack’s glasses in her turn. The careless birds took off and knocked their precious eggs over theledge and down the cliff, to be smashed on the rocks below.
  ‘They can lay plenty more,’ said Philip. ‘Come on, Lucy-Ann – give me back my glasses!
  Golly, what a wonderful sight! I shall write this all up in my notes tonight.’
  The motor-boat nosed carefully round the rocky cliffs. Bill stopped looking at the birds and kepta sharp look-out instead for rocks. Once round the steep cliffs the land sloped downwards29, and Billspotted a place that seemed suitable for the boat.
  It was a little sheltered sandy cove24. He ran the boat in and it grounded softly. He sprang outwith the boys, and made it safe, by running the anchor well up the beach and digging it in.
  ‘Is this going to be our headquarters?’ asked Dinah, looking round.
  ‘Oh, no,’ said Jack at once. ‘We want to cruise round a bit, don’t we, Bill, and find a puffinisland. I’d really like to be in the midst of the bird-islands, and be able to go from one to the otheras we pleased. But we could stay here for tonight, couldn’t we?’
  That was a wonderful day for the four children, and for Bill too. With thousands of birdsscreaming round their heads, but apparently30 not in the least afraid of them, the children made theirway to the steep cliffs they had seen from the other side of the island.
  Birds were nesting on the ground, and it was difficult to tread sometimes, without disturbingsitting birds or squashing eggs. Some of the birds made vicious jabs at the children’s legs, butnobody was touched. It was just a threatening gesture, nothing more.
  Kiki was rather silent. She sat on Jack’s shoulder, her head hunched31 into her neck. So manybirds at once seemed to overwhelm her. But Jack knew that she would soon recover, and startlethe surrounding birds by telling them to wipe their feet and shut the door.
  They reached the top of the cliffs, and were almost deafened32 by the cries and calls around them.
  Birds rose and fell in the air, glided and soared, weaving endless patterns in the blue sky.
  ‘It’s funny they never bump into one another,’ said Lucy-Ann, astonished. ‘There’s never asingle collison. I’ve been watching.’
  ‘Probably got a traffic policeman,’ said Philip solemnly. ‘For all you know some of them mayhave licences under their wings.’
  ‘Don’t be silly,’ said Lucy-Ann. ‘All the same, it is clever of them not to collide, when there’sso many thousands. What a row! I can hardly hear myself speak.’
  They came to the very edge of the cliff. Bill took Lucy-Ann’s arm. ‘Not too near,’ he said. ‘Thecliffs are almost sheer here.’
  They were. When the children lay down on their tummies and looked cautiously over, it gavethem a queer feeling to see the sea so very very far below, moving slowly in and out, with only afar-off rumble33 to mark the breaking of the waves. Lucy-Ann found herself clutching the cushionsof sea-pink beside her.
  ‘I somehow feel I’m not safe on the ground,’ she said with a laugh. ‘I feel as if I’ve got to holdon. I feel sort of – well, sort of upside-down!’
  Bill held on to her tightly after that speech. He knew that she felt giddy, and he wasn’t going torisk anything with little Lucy-Ann! He liked all the children very much, but Lucy-Ann was hisfavourite.
  The children watched the birds going and coming endlessly to and from the narrow cliff ledges.
  It was a marvellous sight. Jack looked through his glasses and chuckled34 at the squabbling andpushing that was going on on some of the narrower shelves.
  ‘Just like naughty children,’ he said. ‘Telling each other to move up and make room, or I’ll pushyou off – and off somebody goes, sure enough. But it doesn’t matter, because out go their wingsand they have a lovely glide19 through the air. My word, I wouldn’t mind being a sea-bird – able tostride along on the sea-shore, or bob on the sea, or dive for fish, or glide for miles on the strongbreeze. I shouldn’t mind be—’
  ‘What’s that?’ said Philip suddenly, hearing a noise that wasn’t made by sea-birds. ‘Listen! Anaeroplane, surely!’
  They all listened, straining their eyes through the sun-washed air. And, far away, they saw aspeck, steadily35 moving through the sky, and heard the r-r-r-r of an engine.
  ‘A plane! Right off all the routes!’ said Bill. ‘Well – that’s the last thing I expected to see here!’


1 grilled grilled     
adj. 烤的, 炙过的, 有格子的 动词grill的过去式和过去分词形式
  • He was grilled for two hours before the police let him go. 他被严厉盘查了两个小时后,警察才放他走。
  • He was grilled until he confessed. 他被严加拷问,直到他承认为止。
2 translucent yniwY     
  • The building is roofed entirely with translucent corrugated plastic.这座建筑完全用半透明瓦楞塑料封顶。
  • A small difference between them will render the composite translucent.微小的差别,也会使复合材料变成半透明。
3 dangled 52e4f94459442522b9888158698b7623     
悬吊着( dangle的过去式和过去分词 ); 摆动不定; 用某事物诱惑…; 吊胃口
  • Gold charms dangled from her bracelet. 她的手镯上挂着许多金饰物。
  • It's the biggest financial incentive ever dangled before British footballers. 这是历来对英国足球运动员的最大经济诱惑。
4 jack 53Hxp     
  • I am looking for the headphone jack.我正在找寻头戴式耳机插孔。
  • He lifted the car with a jack to change the flat tyre.他用千斤顶把车顶起来换下瘪轮胎。
5 versed bffzYC     
adj. 精通,熟练
  • He is well versed in history.他精通历史。
  • He versed himself in European literature. 他精通欧洲文学。
6 swerve JF5yU     
  • Nothing will swerve him from his aims.什么也不能使他改变目标。
  • Her car swerved off the road into a 6ft high brick wall.她的车突然转向冲出了马路,撞向6英尺高的一面砖墙。
7 gull meKzM     
  • The ivory gull often follows polar bears to feed on the remains of seal kills.象牙海鸥经常跟在北极熊的后面吃剩下的海豹尸体。
  • You are not supposed to gull your friends.你不应该欺骗你的朋友。
8 leisurely 51Txb     
  • We walked in a leisurely manner,looking in all the windows.我们慢悠悠地走着,看遍所有的橱窗。
  • He had a leisurely breakfast and drove cheerfully to work.他从容的吃了早餐,高兴的开车去工作。
9 underneath VKRz2     
  • Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
  • She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
10 screech uDkzc     
  • He heard a screech of brakes and then fell down. 他听到汽车刹车发出的尖锐的声音,然后就摔倒了。
  • The screech of jet planes violated the peace of the afternoon. 喷射机的尖啸声侵犯了下午的平静。
11 vertically SfmzYG     
  • Line the pages for the graph both horizontally and vertically.在这几页上同时画上横线和竖线,以便制作图表。
  • The human brain is divided vertically down the middle into two hemispheres.人脑从中央垂直地分为两半球。
12 perfectly 8Mzxb     
  • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.证人们个个对自己所说的话十分肯定。
  • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board.我们做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
13 pounce 4uAyU     
  • Why do you pounce on every single thing I say?干吗我说的每句话你都要找麻烦?
  • We saw the tiger about to pounce on the goat.我们看见老虎要向那只山羊扑过去。
14 flipped 5bef9da31993fe26a832c7d4b9630147     
轻弹( flip的过去式和过去分词 ); 按(开关); 快速翻转; 急挥
  • The plane flipped and crashed. 飞机猛地翻转,撞毁了。
  • The carter flipped at the horse with his whip. 赶大车的人扬鞭朝着马轻轻地抽打。
15 defiantly defiantly     
  • Braving snow and frost, the plum trees blossomed defiantly. 红梅傲雪凌霜开。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • She tilted her chin at him defiantly. 她向他翘起下巴表示挑衅。 来自《简明英汉词典》
16 peculiar cinyo     
  • He walks in a peculiar fashion.他走路的样子很奇特。
  • He looked at me with a very peculiar expression.他用一种很奇怪的表情看着我。
17 groan LfXxU     
  • The wounded man uttered a groan.那个受伤的人发出呻吟。
  • The people groan under the burden of taxes.人民在重税下痛苦呻吟。
18 waddling 56319712a61da49c78fdf94b47927106     
v.(像鸭子一样)摇摇摆摆地走( waddle的现在分词 )
  • Rhinoceros Give me a break, were been waddling every day. 犀牛甲:饶了我吧,我们晃了一整天了都。 来自互联网
  • A short plump woman came waddling along the pavement. 有个矮胖女子一摇一摆地沿人行道走来。 来自互联网
19 glide 2gExT     
  • We stood in silence watching the snake glide effortlessly.我们噤若寒蝉地站着,眼看那条蛇逍遥自在地游来游去。
  • So graceful was the ballerina that she just seemed to glide.那芭蕾舞女演员翩跹起舞,宛如滑翔。
20 glided dc24e51e27cfc17f7f45752acf858ed1     
v.滑动( glide的过去式和过去分词 );掠过;(鸟或飞机 ) 滑翔
  • The President's motorcade glided by. 总统的车队一溜烟开了过去。
  • They glided along the wall until they were out of sight. 他们沿着墙壁溜得无影无踪。 来自《简明英汉词典》
21 gracefully KfYxd     
  • She sank gracefully down onto a cushion at his feet. 她优雅地坐到他脚旁的垫子上。
  • The new coats blouse gracefully above the hip line. 新外套在臀围线上优美地打着褶皱。
22 shrill EEize     
  • Whistles began to shrill outside the barn.哨声开始在谷仓外面尖叫。
  • The shrill ringing of a bell broke up the card game on the cutter.刺耳的铃声打散了小汽艇的牌局。
23 exultant HhczC     
  • The exultant crowds were dancing in the streets.欢欣的人群在大街上跳起了舞。
  • He was exultant that she was still so much in his power.他仍然能轻而易举地摆布她,对此他欣喜若狂。
24 cove 9Y8zA     
  • The shore line is wooded,olive-green,a pristine cove.岸边一带林木蓊郁,嫩绿一片,好一个山外的小海湾。
  • I saw two children were playing in a cove.我看到两个小孩正在一个小海湾里玩耍。
25 ledge o1Mxk     
  • They paid out the line to lower him to the ledge.他们放出绳子使他降到那块岩石的突出部分。
  • Suddenly he struck his toe on a rocky ledge and fell.突然他的脚趾绊在一块突出的岩石上,摔倒了。
26 squatted 45deb990f8c5186c854d710c535327b0     
v.像动物一样蹲下( squat的过去式和过去分词 );非法擅自占用(土地或房屋);为获得其所有权;而占用某片公共用地。
  • He squatted down beside the footprints and examined them closely. 他蹲在脚印旁仔细地观察。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He squatted in the grass discussing with someone. 他蹲在草地上与一个人谈话。 来自《简明英汉词典》
27 ledges 6a417e3908e60ac7fcb331ba2faa21b1     
n.(墙壁,悬崖等)突出的狭长部分( ledge的名词复数 );(平窄的)壁架;横档;(尤指)窗台
  • seabirds nesting on rocky ledges 海鸟在岩架上筑巢
  • A rusty ironrod projected mournfully from one of the window ledges. 一个窗架上突出一根生锈的铁棒,真是满目凄凉。 来自辞典例句
28 distress 3llzX     
  • Nothing could alleviate his distress.什么都不能减轻他的痛苦。
  • Please don't distress yourself.请你不要忧愁了。
29 downwards MsDxU     
  • He lay face downwards on his bed.他脸向下伏在床上。
  • As the river flows downwards,it widens.这条河愈到下游愈宽。
30 apparently tMmyQ     
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
31 hunched 532924f1646c4c5850b7c607069be416     
  • He sat with his shoulders hunched up. 他耸起双肩坐着。
  • Stephen hunched down to light a cigarette. 斯蒂芬弓着身子点燃一支烟。
32 deafened 8c4a2d9d25b27f92f895a8294bb85b2f     
使聋( deafen的过去式和过去分词 ); 使隔音
  • A hard blow on the ear deafened him for life. 耳朵上挨的一记猛击使他耳聋了一辈子。
  • The noise deafened us. 嘈杂声把我们吵聋了。
33 rumble PCXzd     
  • I hear the rumble of thunder in the distance.我听到远处雷声隆隆。
  • We could tell from the rumble of the thunder that rain was coming.我们根据雷的轰隆声可断定,天要下雨了。
34 chuckled 8ce1383c838073977a08258a1f3e30f8     
轻声地笑( chuckle的过去式和过去分词 )
  • She chuckled at the memory. 想起这件事她就暗自发笑。
  • She chuckled softly to herself as she remembered his astonished look. 想起他那惊讶的表情,她就轻轻地暗自发笑。
35 steadily Qukw6     
  • The scope of man's use of natural resources will steadily grow.人类利用自然资源的广度将日益扩大。
  • Our educational reform was steadily led onto the correct path.我们的教学改革慢慢上轨道了。


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