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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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:iconliveinmymewzik:
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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:iconj-hump:
J-Hump Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your work is amazing
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:iconjudyeve:
judyeve Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Beautiful! I love how you painted the long-tailed ducks' feathers.
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:iconminc1:
MinC1 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Stunning work here, will enjoy following your art. Very beautiful.
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timohuovinen 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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photospider Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Thank you!
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coyotesoul Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I love this plumage on the drake. I remember the first time I saw a Long-tailed Duck, it was the coolest thing ever and this took me back to that moment on the pier at Lake Ontario.

Your paintings are really stunning, the details in there with the feathers on the hen's breast are just wow... From the thumbnail, I thought it was a photo (but I knew you to be a painter)... it's a really nice piece!
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liat92 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
amazing!!!!
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The-Krazy-Kitten Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol i thought it was a photo when i first saw it
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Giselle-M Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have featured your work here [link] :rose:
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!!
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Giselle-M Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're most welcome :D
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello :wave: Your work has been featured as one of #Birds-Club's top art submissions for the month of August. You can find the article which also contains other beautiful bird art here: [link]
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, thank you!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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Trinitite Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I thought that was a photo from the thumbnail! Wonderful work!
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My-Mythical-World Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Mine too! Cept I love their name "Oldsquaw" it's so fun to say.
This is gorgeous, very realistic!
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Elijahsrevenge Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist
Beautiful!
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow :jawdrop: This is so amazing. In my opinion it looks even better than a photo. I admire how well you're able to draw the structureof the feathers (I'm trying to learn it and it's so difficult! :tears:) and the water and lighting, the duck's reflection in the water, the blue tones used on shading,... and well, I could go on and on. Love it :love:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Juts beautiful!! The detail here is superb. The water looks good enough to drink. I predict you will be making waves in Duck Stamp soon enough... if you are not already.
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DasBella Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
wonderful. as always! ^^
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eidolic Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Great job as always! I especially enjoy the water, nice work there! have you entered the Federal?
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
I did enter it, though honestly I am very nervous. I know my work really isn't "There" yet. If I can make it past round 1 I will be delighted.
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eidolic Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Ahh, there's nothing to be nervous about. It's all a lottery in the end anyways. You can be the best and then have a US postal service guy come in and kick it out before round 3 so... It's fun anyways! What species did you go with? I went with the Goldeneye. I think they're like the tuxedos of ducks... so cool! haha
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Goldeneyes are so gorgeous! I really wanted to paint some, but I've only got photos of eclipse birds and I wasn't confident about painting the iridescence without some help. The references I had of the Long-Tailed ducks (above) were non-breeding, too, but it was easier to change their outfits. :)
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Graeth-Raltharn Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Beautiful work
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SanneWolters15 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
WOW. simply beautiful realy beatiful.
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TakNomed Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I seriously thought this was a photo for a minute. :faint:
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Althea-25 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
great work! :)
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Jennifo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. Have you ever tried submitting a piece for the duck stamp? I bet this would have a fighting shot at winning. It's rare to see paintings of this species. Love it!
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes-- most of my duck paintings are submitted for duck stamp competitions. :) This one was eliminated in the second round. Thank you!
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Elaini-the-Mystic Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
They're so cute, and it almost looks like a photo.
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megamibabe16 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Gosh your paintings are always so realistic. I feel like I am looking at a photograph.
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karribou Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How long do each of your paintings take?
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
They vary a great deal! That's like asking how long it takes to make dinner.. matters if you are making a sandwich or a 4-course meal! :)
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karribou Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha great metaphor! About how long does the 4-course meal take?
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Much longer than it takes to eat it! I've ranged anywhere from 150 hours to 300 hours. I am not very quick at this.
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karribou Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Yes if it took us that long for a 4 coarse dinner we would be bigger than giants!
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nazmeischter Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
so beautiful! do you paint outdoors to get the right light and animal refs?
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:iconmasterfedora:
masterfedora Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Beautifully done.
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:iconbonefish:
bonefish Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your duck paintings keep getting better and better. You did a particularly amazing job with the water!
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EmperorZoo Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My dad just calls them Oldsquaw.
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:iconbirdguy96:
Birdguy96 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are just amazing! So inspirational.
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MooncatsAndSparrows Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This I just amazing, I always love your duck paintings!
These are one of my favourite kind of ducks, though I‘ve never been able to see them in the wild so far.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
200 feet down? Holy crap, those ducks have got some determination!

You do such amazing work with capturing water form and reflections, you know that?
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