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It is not part of the project to provide a definitive edition of the text of the Bestiary, but to help readers by providing a transcription and translation of the text. Currently the following editorial conventions obtain:
The swallow twitters and flies across the sea. The stork makes a creaking sound with its bill.
Two text corrections in the margin:Two text corrections in the margin: ad diversa [correcting ‘adversa’]; accedit [correcting ‘antecedit’]. Initial type 2.
Storks eat snakes.
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.