Shorebirds: The Birds, the Hunters, the Decoys / Edition 1

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With both novice and experienced decoy collectors in mind, the authors have created a thorough study of shorebirds and the decoys used to hunt them. The life cycles of the frequently hunted birds are described; matchless color illustrations by Robert Verity Clem depict each species in its usual habitat. There is a discussion of the rise and fall of shorebird hunting, the places the birds were hunted, and the kinds of decoys used. Lastly the book treats the present-day legacy of shorebird hunting: the amazing variety of decoys, fashioned by an unknown number of carver-artists.

Because shorebird hunting ended in the early 1900s, many shorebird decoys are quite rare and collectible. Beautiful color photographs of more than two hundred decoys highlight this carefully documented book.

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Following a detailing of the life cycles of the frequently hunted birds (with lovely color illustrations of each species by Robert Verity Clem), and a discussion of the rise and fall of shorebird hunting, the authors focus on their primary subject--the variety of decoys, fashioned by an unknown number of carver-artists, each with his own vision of how to capture the essence of the bird in a simple, functional carving. Color photographs of more than 200 of these decoys are the highlight of the book. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870334245
  • Publisher: Cornell Maritime Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1991
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 158
  • Sales rank: 1,198,891
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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