my own imperfection
Today, after preparing the three birds Dave had put out for me in the morning, I decided to finish mounting the Cooper's Hawk I started skinning two weeks ago. It didn't turn out quite as well as it might have, mostly because I didn't do such a great job wiring the legs and wings, and therefore it was difficult to get it into what looked like a vaguely plausible pose on the mount. The limbs are a little bit awkward and I'm not sure if you'd ever see a Cooper's in this precise position in life. Dave also thinks the body needed more fullness, and I think that's right.
But these are all lessons for next time. Right now I'm in a little bit of shock that I did this by myself, from start to finish, with no help or intervention. I think that's pretty damn neat. I also think it's pretty neat that three years ago I thought: Wouldn't it be cool to learn how to do taxidermy? And now here we are.