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Some cool birds in Africa

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by igor, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. igor

    igor Member

    Hi everyone,
    Here are a few birds we collected in Ghana.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
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  2. igor

    igor Member


  3. igor

    igor Member

    and more[​IMG] Total 54 species
  4. jevic035

    jevic035 Member

    welcome back MR Igor

    some nice species there igor
  5. Damn, that title is dead on! Awesome birds!

  6. RusTax

    RusTax Active Member

    по лицу видно - счастлив человек ;DПоздравляю, навероное получил истинное удовольствие от поездки.Cool birds Igor, great safari turned out, someone in Africa for elephant rides and birdman igor- only for birds :D
  7. babak

    babak Active Member

    I AGREE!!! LOL ;D ;D ;D
  8. wings II

    wings II New Member


    Congratulations on a succesful trip! LOVE the pics and glad to see you made it back safely.
  9. AMCTaxi

    AMCTaxi Wholesale Small Mammal Taxidermist


    What are those loon looking birds?
  10. JBird

    JBird Member

    Igor - you're seriously the coolest cat around - please bring me some bee eaters ;D amazing specimens and pictures - what a great adventure - would love to hear about what other birds you saw on your journey - can't WAIT to see you work your magic on them -

    thanks for sharing

  11. igor

    igor Member

    Jeff, i will post them during progress :). I wish to get more species of bee-eaters :(
    Those "loon looking birds" are African finfoots , feet look like coot's feet, just bright orange .
    I will post more pics later

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  12. falco

    falco Trapping is fun

    thats what Im talking about,,, no more Kudu, gemsbok and other repetitive ugly ungulates,,,
    and thats the way to do it,,, personally go there to take care of them.
    was this a personal trip Igor or was it for a museum or something ?
    never been this jealous before ;D
  13. taxos

    taxos Finches, Buntings

    Wow! Are they all road-killed victims or did you shoot them just to put them in a museum drawer?
  14. Wouter

    Wouter Member

    These are beautifull birds indeed! Too bad you collect for a museum Igor, otherwise I would have asked you for the original skulls of those finfoots ;)(missing familiy in my collection and I have no idea how to get one)
    I was not aware American museums still collect birds actively, like in Walter Rotschilds days. Maybe the American public feels differently about such matters than the Dutch, but I'm sure that if our national museum would go on such an expedition, the conservationalists would hit the roof. Your museum isn't worried about negative publicity?
    No offence intended, I know these species are not endangered and being mounted by one of the worlds best taxidermists is not such a bad fate ;D

  15. igor

    igor Member

    Falco, it was the trip for a museum which makes paperwork in the US easier. We choosed Ghana because it is a safe country to travel and still easy to export birds from there. No raptors export from there :(. It is hard but possible to keep them frozen in Africa if power and a freezer are available. Still risky because power might gone for a few days. Not possible to bring them frozen in the US . It Takes long time for US custom to clear a shipment. Maybe in Canada it is easier. I hope I answered your questions. Taxos, sure , they were 20G road kills. I was running every morning on clay roads to collect some traffic killed birds. ;D, Wouter,I could save you a skull if I knew. I found one dead. The problem is how to send it to you without proper paperwork :( Well, maybe next time. we are planning to go there again, so many species still need to be collected.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  16. igor

    igor Member

  17. taxos

    taxos Finches, Buntings

    Just joking Igor! Excellent collection in the hands of an excellent taxidermist, well done!
  18. txoutdoors

    txoutdoors Active Member

    x2.....Igor, if some of those got "lost" ;) in the mail, i dont think anyone would miss them. Shall I PM an address for the mail to get "lost"? lol

    Please post the finished products.

    I think you have drool running from every birdbrains mouth right now.
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  19. PA

    PA Well-Known Member

    Nice birds Igor. When you wash the Tauraco, assuming you will, be sure to us a soap with a pH lower than 7.0 or lower, as the copper based Turacin will bleach out - but then you probably already knew that.

    Wouter, there are still quite a number of American Natural History museums which still collect birds around the world, but most are based at Univerities. The USNM still goes around the world but does not promote its' activity. Birds are the most difficult higher vertebrat group to get permits to collect specimens, but there are lots of mammal and herp collecting going on. More work in Birds occurs in South America than in Africa. One university museum I know has average growth about 1500-2000 birds a year.
  20. robolson

    robolson www.frozeninflight.com

    Awesome birds Igor. they sent the right man for the job. Will they be full mounts, study skins, or a little of both? I like the Pygmy geese. Thanks for sharing!