Illustrated by PETER SCOTT. (Collins, London, 1957). 192 p a g e s ; many black-and-white drawings. 21s. T H I S IS a delightful book; its author is both an expert wildfowler and a keen ornithologist, and his writings prove that it is possible to combine these two interests, as indeed they should be combined by every wildfowler. The book deals mainly with geese and goose shooting in various parts of the British Isles and there are many vivid descriptions of the wildfowler's world and some amusing and well told stories to enliven the text, which is full of accurate and careful observations. In this respect, the account of the feeding habits of the Greenland White-fronted Goose is of particular interest, as are the author's encounters with Red-breasted and Lesser W h i t e fronted Geese in Wales, and with a Scottish Grey L a g Goose with symmetrical albinism in its primaries. My one disappointment about this book was that the author has not considered duck t o the same extent as geese and they find very little mention. The author is obviously a dog-lover and his two chapters on dogs are among the best. Like many wildfowlers of today he also keeps some wildfowl in his garden, many of which have been inadvertently pinioned by a shot. There are some useful hints on how such birds should be treated, to make them settle down successfully. His collection is obviously a source of great pleasure to him.
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