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Long-Tailed Ducks by Nambroth Long-Tailed Ducks by Nambroth
Formerly known as Oldsquaw, Long-Tailed Ducks are some of my favorite ducks! I think they are beautiful and charming characters.
They are a diving duck, and have been known to dive more than 200 feet (60m) in search of mollusks to feed upon!

Unlike most ducks, drakes molt their feathers three times a year, creating a changing and complex different set of body patterning. Shown here are early winter breeding plumages. The drake is in the back, while the hen is up front.

Acrylic on hard board, 9" x 12"
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liveinmymewzik Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
what a fresh presence they have :)
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TheEvilHadrosaur Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! So realistic :clap:
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Eclipsestar56211 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reflections perfect. The feathers look real. The water has texture. 10 out of 10! ;D
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navmun6485 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
real
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J-Hump Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your work is amazing
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judyeve Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Beautiful! I love how you painted the long-tailed ducks' feathers.
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MinC1 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Stunning work here, will enjoy following your art. Very beautiful.
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YuriKolovsky Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Photo-realistic
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photospider Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Hello!
Beautiful artwork.
Can you tell me, please, when you paint water waves, you use a retarder for acrylics?Because I have a little problem: the acrylics it dry so fast...and, for me, is a fight agains the time to work quickly...
Thank you!
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hello, yes I have this problem too. It is hard to get nice blending on smooth surfaces. You can use a retarder, or simply use many careful thin layers. There are also acrylics such as "Golden Open" that stay wet much longer. Good luck! This is a hard problem to overcome, I know.
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