Just finishing up my 4th year at Taxidermy. I don't do many mounts a year for my customers (about 35) so this year I decided to take a few Wholesale just to have something to do until hunting season. My first batch were all Woodducks. Second batch was a variety of Green heads and Widgeon a couple Merganser and a Diver or two. When he went to bring the third batch he asks if I'd ever done a Coot? I hadn't, but told him it's "just another bird". So I get around to doing the Coot and I see on the outside tag it's labeled "Speckled Coot". So I googled that....got nothing, which I thought was weird. So I unwrap it and realized pretty quick that I had no idea what it was. So...I went to my go-to bird question guy... Spencer 2. He says Google Leucistic Coot. I have always been jealous of the bird guys getting to do the hybrids and crosses and cool stuff....and now...here I am....scared out of my mind. But wait....it gets worse. Here's what I found when I thawed it out. And here's what I had when I skinned it. Now, even though I'm new...I would have trashed this if it wasn't a rare bird. So I sat down and sewed as best I could. Luckily...if you want to call it that there were still 2 strips of skin completely connected so at least I had a starting point. So then it hit the wash and I was trying to get a body made. I started with a Shoveler. I had to use a little smaller necking material with all the sewing I had done, but finally got it fixed up. Then I casted a new head. Had to do a couple to get it right. Got all the parts ready and the bird dried. So once I got it mounted I called my Wholesale guy. I asked him to call his client and see if he would be willing to mount the Coot in a glass case. After a couple days (and advising the guy that he didn't have a Speckled Coot, but a Leucistic one)he called back and gave me the go ahead. Obviously there were some neck feather issues, but overall I'm glad I got to do it. For those of you just starting out dreaming of doing Brewers ducks, and Pintail Hybrids....be careful what you wish for.