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Loon ID

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by birdstuffer, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. I had an employee of the nature center here bring me a frozen Loon. It's been in the freezer for quite a while and is a bit freezer burned. We aren't positive of the type of Loon. Here are pics. We are thinking a yellow billed Loon...winter phase or an immature Arctic loon? Tell me your opinions please...thanks in advance.
     

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  2. from the photos I have I think your right,, yellow biled loon,,
     

  3. nate

    nate Active Member

    You lucky duck Cheri!! I always wanted the chance to mount a loon!! I'm jealous. LOL
     
  4. rai_red

    rai_red Active Member

    Yes Cheri, you are right, yellow billed loon, beautiful bird.
     
  5. I always wanted to mount a Loon too but not a freezer burnt one! They are definitely bigger than I thought they are!
     
  6. bucksnort10

    bucksnort10 Well-Known Member

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    Cheri perhaps you already have a plan for rehydrating.

    If not or if you want to try something else, I have been using Ultra Soft Relaxer from Matuska.

    We look forward to seeing the mount. :)
     
  7. Nancy C

    Nancy C Well-Known Member

    You can cut off the dried-up feet once you get the legs skinned, just like you were going to mount them separate, and then drop them into a salt brine or a pickling solution. Stick them in the fridge for as long as it takes - even if it's a week or more - and they will be ready to inject and paint.
    You can also inject them with water to make them soften up immediately, but then you will have many little holes (also know as leaks.)
     
  8. I usually wrap the feet in wet paper towels for a day or so just enough to soften them up enough to stick a needle in them and inject hot soapy water into them.Fingers crossed.Thanks for the suggestions!
     
  9. hop

    hop Member

    They are huge, but G. immer can be big too.
    think it s a young one in winter (like this one)
     

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  10. Hers's (Gavia arctica) in winter plumage. Hope will be helpful with it
    Greetings
    Tom
     

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