They are looking better all the time, 'Truck. One thing about the hen's tail feathers: one of the most noticeable characteristics of the mallard is that it's the only specie in which the hen's tail feathers are all white. It's one of the biggest things that differentiates them from a hen gadwall or hen shoveler or hen pintail at a distance. Check out photos of mature hen mallards, you'll see what I mean. Just another suggestion that I hope helps steepen your learning curve. Keep up the good work. I've been carving and painting since 1982 and the most important thing I've learned....and I'll pass it on to you guys.....is don't carve and paint the way you THINK a live bird looks. (You'll be wrong a high percentage of the time for the first several years.) Carve and paint the way a live bird ACTUALLY looks. For this you'll need references, and that usually means good, color photos. And lots of them! Be aware that some photos will be of immature birds, or birds in eclipse plumage, or hybrid birds, or even domestic/cross birds. This is why more than one or five or ten photos are desirable; so you can check them against one another. The more knowledge you acquire, the better your carvings/painting will be.