Folio 49r Commentary
|f49r Text: Storks are devoted to their young, shedding many
feathers for their protection. They eat snakes.
Illustration: Two recognisable storks in a roundel. One is eating
a frog, not the snake mentioned in the text and the other may be snapping
its beak together. Although the stork is only recorded once in the middle
ages as a visitor to Britain, the Aberdeen artist has created a remarkably
accurate portrait of the bird (and the frog). The original source for
the illustration must have been made on the Continent by someone who
had observed storks. There is a quire
mark ('h') at the bottom centre of the page.
The illustration in detail