By W. E. Johns
This comprises sixteen brief tales all of that are strange in that they encompass Ginger telling his comrades in 666 (Fighter) Squadron of his adventures with Biggles after they have been chartered via Dr. Augustus Duck (nicknamed "Donald") to take him to enquire a number of unusual phenomena.
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We stared, and saved on staring. For overlaying the complete islet, from finish to finish, have been tens of millions of white sea-birds, nice ridiculous-looking creatures with huge, immense beaks and curly tails. There they stood, all watching us, so thick jenny-wren might have came across it demanding to discover a spot to perch. you'll have obvious Biggles's face. "Unless i am dreaming," he stated, "they're dodos. We could not locate them, however it turns out that they have got chanced on us. Wake Donald. do not make a noise otherwise you might scare the birds away earlier than he can dinner party his eyes on them. " I went into the cabin and woke the others. They me out, Donald approximately beside himself with pleasure. Out got here his computing device, and we watched him in his aspect for approximately twenty mins. Biggles then mentioned that he used to be sorry to disturb the get together, yet because the sea used to be emerging quick we should be on our manner sooner than we have been washed away. He advised that as all of the dodos appeared alike Donald had higher seize one and take it into the cabin, the place he will be in a position to learn it at relaxation. Donald agreed, and choosing a poultry, grabbed it via the neck. It made now not the slightest protest. Biggles waved his palms, and addressing the flock, informed them to push off. The birds completely overlooked him. they simply stood there like loads of dignified outdated women, taking a look at us with expressionless faces. We shouted. We jumped. We yelled, yet nonetheless they did not flow a step or flap a wing. Then we remembered that they could not fly. Biggles went into the cabin, and returning with a gun, blazed away over their heads. they did not bat an eyelid. Algy roared with laughter, yet Biggles, after a look on the sea, stopped him. " this is not the least bit funny," he acknowledged heavily. "If these birds refuse to maneuver we're very quickly going to be in a jam. examine these waves! we now have to transparent a runway, and we have no time to lose. Come on, get busy. " I bought carry of a chicken and commenced pushing, yet one other easily walked into its position. all of us driven ; we heaved and shoved, yet all we did used to be get ourselves sizzling and troubled. As quickly as we cleared a place clean birds simply strolled directly to it. Algy stated, "We shall need to shoot the lot, and throw them into the ocean. " Biggles replied, "Don't be a idiot; we should always want a million rounds of ammunition. " i'll see that he used to be quite fearful. "I've been combined up in a few loopy adventures," he stated, "but this beats the lot. i am dashed if i do know what to do, and that is a truth. " taking a look around, I observed that or 3 of the birds had controlled to climb up on our elevators. One, taking a look frightfully vital, used to be jogging alongside the hull. I driven it off. Algy grabbed one who was once attempting to stability itself on a tail aircraft. He controlled to get it off, however the factor dug its ft into the material and took a number of sq. inches with it. "Steady on," shouted Biggles, " they will tear the laptop to items when you move on like that. in the event that they be able to get on our wings, we are sunk. " And this was once evidently what a few of the dodos have been offering to do; it sounds as if they idea there has been no aspect in staying within the crowd whereas there has been lots of elbow room at the airplane.
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