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Heron Skeleton

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by Judysan, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. Judysan

    Judysan The Roadkill Queen

    Here's my first attempt at a full skeleton. Didn't know much about it, so just sort of had to wing it. (oooh, bad pun) I used wire and epoxy. Anyone have any other suggestions?

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  2. Is that a blue Heron,

  3. Awesome!
  4. Judysan

    Judysan The Roadkill Queen

    Yes, you can see it with the mounted heron in the Bird of the Week section.
  5. PA

    PA Well-Known Member

    Nice first attempt Leaf. However, there are some positional improvements you could make.

    First, and the picture is a little on the small size, it appears you have a very wierd angle of the ulna on the left wing. The secondaries would be pointing directly in the air at that angle. The radius and ulna should be almost parallel with the direct line the bird is flying, only varying a little on the upward and downward wing beats.

    Second the neck is very outstretched for the species in flight. The very long neck is wrapped/bent way up next to the main body if you have ever seen a flying heron. The back of the skull is reasonably close to the place where the wings attach on the front portion of the back. At a distance the neck isn't even visible.

    Third, the legs, if in main flight are tucked up parallel to the body and close to the tail. I surmise the femur is actually still pointed forward and the tibia bent close to that bone. Also the legs are tucked close to each other. Without this tucked closeness the long legs would be a drag on the aerodynamic flight.

    You can google pictures on the web and see how the flight position would be. Here is one I found that shows what I am talking about - just envision the skeleton withion the flying bird.

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  6. Judysan

    Judysan The Roadkill Queen

    Thanks PA! I agree with the wing bone set. You'd think these things would go back together much easier than they do! It was hard to figure out what they would be doing for any given pose. The mounted bird was taking off out of water ie neck extended and feet not tucked. Here's what they looked like together. I thought it was a neat idea, but I don't think I carried it off as well as could have been.

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