Northward: Peary’s 1908-09 Expedition

Grabs his gun and blasts away

Walked up to visit the tern colony and long tailed auck's nest. As there were only five eggs, no increase since my last visit, I decided to photograph and take the eggs. Tried 1/25 on the 8 stop and 1/5.
    There are a large number of terns (Sterna paradisaea) at the colony which act very much as if they had eggs there, but thus far I have only been able to secure one.
    The Commander has kindly loaned me his fine Parker shot gun for securing specimens. Today I tried it on an ivory gull, knocked him down but he was carried by the strong wind so far out on the ice that I was unable to get him.
    This morning three of the Inuit and the Captain started for Lincoln Bay, the former to bring up the Conger specimens which we were obliged to leave there, and the latter to take a look at the Channel ice.
    Game is becoming quite plentiful about the ship. Whenever anything appears every Inuit grab his gun and blasts away. Last night they got a king eider.  

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