I just followed the directions and thought it was a pretty easy straight forward process. I couldn't be happier with the results..I took a class given by a taxidermist to mount birds, first 12 week class was on a pheasant, much easier then duck. Almost everyone there was to save on the taxi bill and mount their own. At then end of the first 12 weeks, everyone stood there with their bird and all agreed that taxidermist don't charge enough, all birds are going to them in the future and we are going to leave a big tip.
Nobody signed up for the duck class after he showed is how much harder it was. If you are going to teach yourself, go to a game farm, plop $20 down on a pheasant and learn on that first.
Wow! what a beauty looks great! As mentioned before ducks are a different deal. Properly de-fatting the skin and de-meating the wing bones can be a challenge if you have never done it or seen it done. Not done correctly and you could be dealing with a moth infestation. I mostly stick to mammals but worked in a shop in the GR area with a guy who was a great bird taxidermist. i could never get a duck as clean as he could, i did a few of my own and ripped them up pretty good. I'd be interested to hear your experience if you did try to mount one yourself.I just followed the directions and thought it was a pretty easy straight forward process. I couldn't be happier with the results..