Taxidermy Mute Swan
I actually skinned this swan a long while back after she unfortunately fell victim to a fox attack.
Due to a change in law relating to the Royal Swan Marker, I can no longer sell this specimen.
I can, however keep her for my own personal collection. It would be such a shame to waste such a beautiful specimen!
Due to the lack of space, as well as time and energy due to my on-going health issues at the moment, I opted for a half/head mount.
It’s still surprising just how much work is involved!
Waterfowl have extremely dense, waterproof feathers, as well has having extremely fatty deposits on the feather tracts and skin to make them buoyant on the water.
This makes the de-fleshing, washing and drying process twice as long and even longer when the feathers are white.
But it’s worth it, look how beautiful she is!
Once dry, I will do some re-construction work of the bill and do some paint work to make her shine.