By Donna Leon
aka Death in excessive Water
As Venice braces for a iciness tempest, Commissario Guido Brunetti, Donna Leon's intrepid Italian sleuth, unearths out that an outdated good friend has been savagely crushed on the palazzo domestic of reigning diva Flavia Petrelli. Then, because the flood waters upward push, a corpse is discovered—and Brunetti needs to go through the chaotic urban to resolve his deadliest case but. Sinister and unique, Acqua Alta is one other chilling addition to Donna Leon's best-selling sequence.
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It thus presents the luminance that we or a bird would perceive when looking directly down onto the surface below us. Since these are luminance measures it makes no difference whether the surface is observed from just a few metres above the ground, from the top of a tree or from a thousand metres as a bird flies over. In constructing the figure the natural substrate is assumed to have a reflectance of 25%, which is about equal to that of grass or leaf litter. However, different natural objects in the scene will have different degrees of reflectance.
They then become active again and typically depart on their migratory flight between 30 and 45 minutes after sunset, usually after the time of civil twilight (Parslow 1969; Richardson 1972; Hebrard 1971). It is thought that it is during this pre-departure period that migrant birds make the decision of whether to migrate and in which direction. Just what birds do at this time is unclear, but the primary importance of visual cues associated with detecting the position of the setting sun or the pattern of polarized light in the sky (which is a direct correlate of the sun's position) has been demonstrated (Able 1982; Able and Cherry 1986; Moore 1987).
Among these typically diurnal birds are found many species which, under certain circumstances, exhibit occasional nocturnal activity. Such activities fall under four main headings, the most prominent of which are night migration and night singing. These two behaviours often occur in the same species and it seems likely that the majority, if not all, of the occasional night singers are also night migrants, though the reverse of this relationship is certainly not true. There is also a group of birds which may feed after dusk, but their night foraging is not an exclusively nocturnal activity and so it is most appropriately considered as an occasional nocturnal activity.