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Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by LoneDrake, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. LoneDrake

    LoneDrake New Member

    this is the first thing i have ever mounted.... let me know how it is so i can get better.. thanks
     
  2. GreenBullhead

    GreenBullhead Peep peeep peep C:

    Very nice for your first try. However, the eye looks a bit out of place, and the neck looks a bit unnatural. I'm not an expert on birds though!
     

  3. drakeman

    drakeman Active Member

    Did you wash the bird before mounting? Feathers look dirty and needs some grooming. Good job getting one done.
     
  4. LoneDrake

    LoneDrake New Member

    yeah i washed it two times in dawn dish soap and rinsed in cool water, probably should have washed it more... i kinda got in a hurry after a couple of hours lol
     
  5. LoneDrake

    LoneDrake New Member

    and it seemed like i had to be really careful with the bird i kept tearing holes in the skin... did i flesh to much? or is the skin on a wood duck just that thin?
     
  6. drakeman

    drakeman Active Member

    The skin on a wood duck is just that thin! :mad: :mad:
     
  7. GreenBullhead

    GreenBullhead Peep peeep peep C:

    Yeah... It seems like it is really hard to do [skinning, cleaning, etc]! How many hours did you put into it?
     
  8. LoneDrake

    LoneDrake New Member

    it took me about 3 and a half hours
     
  9. dbmickle

    dbmickle New Member

    Preen! Preen! and a little more Preen!
     
  10. Brando24

    Brando24 Member

    you should really make sure to get it cleaner next time.
     
  11. jrclmn18

    jrclmn18 New Member

    The best on here claim to take 7-10 hours to complete one bird at the least. Take your time or else the three hours you spend will not be worth 10 minutes. Good job on your first, now you know why many taxidermist dont do birds. Good luck. This site can make you much better much faster than almost anything else out there. I recommend shooting to finish in about 8 hours at least. This way you know how long you will be in for.
     
  12. drakeman

    drakeman Active Member

    Hey lonedrake, jrclmn18 is 100% correct. Check out my pintail, I spent about 9 hrs. on him. Don't rush it, take your time and clean, clean, clean.
     
  13. redwolf

    redwolf Active Member

    If it's still semi-wet you should use tape, or pins and cardboard on the wings. The same should be done to the tail feathers.
    Look at how the cardboard is used in this thread.
    http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,70462.0.html
    BTW, congrats on your first. ;)
     
  14. LoneDrake

    LoneDrake New Member

    yeah next time i will take my time... i knew it should have took longer, and i could tell when i got done ;)