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Discussion in 'Taxidermy Forum' started by GCBLKLAB, Mar 30, 2010.
Mounted this recently for a friend. She was goin thru the change
Very nice mount, I really like the position Did it have that color of bill when shot?
This is off topic but about what "age" do mallard drakes begin to get their yellow bill color? During our five day early duck season we killed 3-4 mallards that looked about like drakes but had hen to almost hen colored bills. I'm about pretty sure they were local hatches and obviously weren't anywhere near colored out but I thought bill color was pretty well consistant year round...
That is not a hen mallard. The yellow bill is a dead give-away! That is a drake coming out of eclipse plumage!
Very neat mount none-the-less! Fine work!
Are you serious??? Nope, you are wrong! That is not an eclipse bird...that much I can tell you! My guess would be a Brewers Duck, Mallard/Gadwall.
Yes, I'm serious! That is all it is! Definitely not a Brewer's...not even close!
Here's a 100% Brewer's
Oh.....and by the way......you're wrong!
Easy guys, this is for fun remember! The bill color I airbrushed and it is actually more orange on the sides than the pic shows....may be my poor lighting. Anyway, bird was a late seaon and kill, and when I skinned it out I checked and he was a she....no unit if ya know what I mean
Actually a small bird too, more bout the size of a gaddy than a mallard.
If the bill was orange I would agree, but the bill definitely appears to be yellow in the photos!
Some hens, as they grow older, lack proper estrogen levels causing them to appear "drake-like", but they will ALWAYS carry their orange/black blotched beaks which this one clearly doesn't have IMO!