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They are like marsh geese but somewhat smaller. They are produced from fir
timber tossed along the sea, and are at first like gum. Afterwards they hang down
by their beaks as if they were a sea-weed attached to the timber, and are ...
Two points to observe about this account : Gerald does not mention a tree from
which the geese grew, but clearly describes the barnacles often found on floating
timbers. He calls them Bernacae, which is the Celtic name for the shell-fish.
Other examples of such tree-birds, or Barnacle Geese, also exist. They may have
been common to Mycenae, Crete and Troy, and date from around the second
millennium bc. Behind these strange designs there may have lain some vague ...
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I like a bestiary, and this is a nice one. It covers the more familiar mythical beasts, such as the unicorn, manticore, basilisk and co., but also the somewhat less well known, such as the barometz ... Read full review