wading bird


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wading bird any of many long-legged birds that wade in water in search of food
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wading bird (Zoöl) See Wader, 2.
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In literature:

Certain nocturnal wading birds produce these silhouettes among the marshes.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
Gigantic primitive birds, sometimes ten feet high, waded by the shore.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
Wading birds, which frequent the muddy edges of ponds, if suddenly flushed, would be the most likely to have muddy feet.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
Wading birds, which frequent the muddy edges of ponds, if suddenly flushed, would be the most likely to have muddy feet.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
To Wade a bird was a bird as long as it was neither a buzzard nor a crow.
"The Lilac Girl" by Ralph Henry Barbour
As they walked and waded they crossed the tracks of many animals and birds, to most of which Johnny could give names.
"Dick in the Everglades" by A. W. Dimock
Along the coast, and wading in the shallow waters around the bays, are some strange birds known as pelicans and shags.
"Stories of California" by Ella M. Sexton
At last several came wading into the water bringing their birds.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
Before he had waded half way to the dead bird the ground began to sink under him.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
Numberless birds, many of large size, flew through the air or waded on the banks.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

All the children as they pass
Turn to see the bird of stone,
'Twixt the arches all alone,
Wading to it through the grass.
"Llewellyn" by Walter Richard Cassels
Lay me nigh to whah hit meks a little pool,
An' de watah stan's so quiet lak an' cool,
Whah de little birds in spring,
Ust to come an' drink an' sing,
An' de chillen waded on dey way to school.
"A Death Song" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Now those studying the egrets , the long-legged birds often seen wading in ponds and marshes in which sibling rivalry has gone to an extreme, say they have begun finding some answers.
Wading birds, like this heron in Lake Okeechobee , benefit from water levels rising after three days of storms.
Wave barriers promise erosion control for wading bird habitat.
Birds expected to be seen include year-round birds , waterfowl and wading birds .
The newly planted mangroves are expected to grow into islands that provide habitat for fish, wading birds and manatees.
But because sea grass is the foundation of the lagoon 's marine life, providing food and shelter, a widespread die-off of the plants could prove devastating for many years, for everything from manatees to wading birds.
"The natural phenomenon of numerous species of wading birds can be seen up close in Audubon Park," declares the park's website.
Birding at Hawks Prairie Reclaimed Water Ponds: Walk the easy gravel paths around the reclamation ponds, marshes, and vegetation looking for ducks, raptors, passerines, and wading birds.
Mayoral candidate Jerry Wade , center, goes bird-watching with, from left, his wife Edge Wade , Laurie Shawver and Bill Clark on Wednesday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area.
Recent heavy rains have wildlife officials optimistic about nesting prospects for Southwest Florida's wading birds, particularly wood storks, whose nesting success is an important indicator of wetland health.