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Bluebill Drake Duck Decoy
The male Blue-billed Duck has a bright blue bill and a black head and neck. By comparison females are quite plain they are dark grey all over. Blue-billed Ducks have a short spiny tail. They don't fly much but when they do, this tail can be used to recognise them in the air. On the wing, Blue Bills appear as very dark birds with no color patches or contrasting plumage. The neck and tail also look very short. They are a totally protected species. Blue Bills are one of the diving ducks and they prefer deep water swamps with plenty of cover. The female hasn't got the bright color of the male or the blue bill. The unusual tail feathers tell you at once that it is one of the stifled tailed ducks. The color of the male's bill fades after the breeding season, so it sometimes seems very pale. The white feathers below the tail are not always visible as Blue Bills often float very low in the water.
4,500 signed and numbered editions. Certificate of authenticity.
12"L x 6-1/2"H
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About The Artist: Phil Galatas is a world class carver who has spent countless hours observing and studying waterfowl on the bayous of his native Louisiana. Master Carver, Phil Galatas features preening and action poses. He grew up on the wildlife rich bayous of Louisiana and enjoyed countless hours observing and studying waterfowl on the mashlands. He entered his first carving competition, the Gulf South Championship in 1977 earning a first place blue ribbon on the professional division. Phil received "Best in World" awards at the 1989, 1990, and 2002 Ward World Championships and was invited to the 2002 Sculptor International show in Atlanta. He now serves as a judge at the Ward World Championships. Each of our duck, loon and waterfowl decoys are world class. The traditional poses of the decoys are handcast, handpainted and have realistic accents such as feathering.