The woodcock, a reclusive game bird native to Europe and North America, has been hunted, celebrated and eaten since Roman times, though most American hunters are still ignorant of its existence. Valdene's writing is at once evocative and biting, gracefully balancing the obsessions of a naturalist, sportsman and gourmand.
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Guy de la Valdene is a photographer, filmmaker and sportsman who was raised in the United States and France. He lives with his wife on a farm in Tallahassee, Florida.From Publishers Weekly:
In 1983 Valdene, a journalist and enthusiastic bird hunter, traveled around the country studying the woodcock and joining the efforts of scientists and bird lovers to band the game bird and document its loss of habitat. Summing up what he learned about this curious bird and its habits, he deplores the rapid dwindling of the woodcock population in the U.S., due in part to hunters' killing two million of them each year. Valdene makes no excuses, however, for his own delight in hunting and eating the vulnerable bird. This contradiction remains at the heart of his book in which he oddly blends natural history with accounts of his huntng.
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