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Green Wing Courtship Pose?

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by Avian84, May 6, 2019.

  1. Avian84

    Avian84 New Member

    Has anyone had any experience with this pose? Ive got a customer asking about having one done. I was wondering if anyone had tips on how to accomplish this since in all my years of taxidermy ive never had such a request.

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  2. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    Ken Howard's did one (and won) in Texas last year. I asked him about the tail structure and he told me that he did sand down the tail section and manipulated it so it would mimic the hip joint flexing. I would think if I did one I would try to do this also so the tail would set forward and high like they do in that pose. Besides that I would think that you would mount the rest as usual. If you use foam necking you'd have to notch it so to make the sharp bends, no different that a low neck stating pose. The tail flex , without making the belly too long would be the biggest alteration to make it anatomically correct. I've never done this pose.....and hope I don't. Post up pics when done!
     

  3. AFTHUNT

    AFTHUNT Active Member

    I did a pintail in their matting dance which is similar i skinned the bird all the way to the tip of the tail and i posed the carcass and carved a body to the shape of the carcass.
     
  4. Page Nethercutt did a article on this very pose in Taxidermy Today, not sure what issue, it was a very good article and talked about the tail attachment.
     
  5. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Anyone have a picture of this pose? I'm trying to picture it but unable to.
     
  6. AFTHUNT

    AFTHUNT Active Member

    Green-winged_Teal_drake_displaying.jpg
     
    bucksnort10, stuffit44 and wa like this.
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    wa Thanks John...this depicts me better

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    what great ref.:cool:
     
  8. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Wow, Thank you. I have never seen that pose before. It is so contorted that it almost looks wrong.
     
  9. AFTHUNT

    AFTHUNT Active Member

    3 bears you would be surprised that it really is mainly in the tail the back dont bend too much that way.
     
  10. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Yep, I figured that much. I'm aware that their spine doesn't have that much flexibility, some alterations to a commercial form would be needed to compact that bird like that. I've mounted upland birds with their tails similar but have not seen a duck in that pose. Thanks again for the picture. I learned something today, so it already wasn't a waste.