Ducks spend a lot of time preening their feathers. The "hairs" on feathers act as little zippers and throughout the course of the ducks activities these little zippers become un-zipped. Ducks will run them through their bill to zip them back together. I'm sure they also get little bugs in their feathers that need to be removed. That is what I painted this little male Green-winged Teal doing.
Zipping Up, 9"x12", oil on linen panel
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