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Hank~

I was hoping you would approve!

Also, I got one question about why I opted for the Yellow Ochre bill color over Bean's original olive - I meant to discuss it in my narrative.

H
ere are my thoughts: In essence, my personal preference is to paint most of my stool as full plumage adults. I think growing up on Long Island - a wintering ground where most of the gunning is done in December and January - has pushed me in this direction. I certainly see young-of-the-year "river rats" with their darker olive bills - but I always look for the grownups when shooting. And, having banded thousands of Black Ducks both pre-season and post - I just love those breeding season birds!

On a mantelpiece bird, the Yellow Ochre fades toward a cooler Yellow (hint of Chrome Yellow) near the margins and behind the nail.

Also, the books I grew up on both depicted "colored up" adults - and also taught me the biology. The Audubon Waterbird Guide - with paintings by Don Eckleberry - was one of the books I learned to read from. (BTW - Note how Eckleberry shows the reddish-purple speculum - a feature I fear is being lost through genetic swamping with Mallards.)



I bought this when I was 10 or 11, I think.



I concede that I did not paint the Hen's "saddles" on any of the Bean's - but I doubt it will turn away any birds.



Here's a bird I shot on Christmas Eve a couple of years ago - right here on the farm.



And here's a reference picture I downloaded from Google Images - lots of nice feather details.



All the best,

SJS
Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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