Thanks for all the input guys. The guy that's doing the few birds I'm having done this year has let me hangout at the shop and watch here and there. Not all the time, but not full into detail either.
A few weeks ago I took in an Aleutian to have done and while I was there the guy gave me back a hen Can I had taken him. He told me one of the wings were shot up enough that he could only do the bird a couple different ways, in order to hide the wing, but they were far from what I wanted. I brought that bird home, and for a first attempt he said, I did not do too horribly bad. I kept the legs attached and inverted the wings, with only a few slips on the ulna/radius of the badly broken wing and an inch long tear at the tail. Since he had given me a little bit of direction (basically told me how to do the wings and legs without showing me) I gave him the skin to use for parts (primaries, secondaries, feet).
When I took him the rough skin he gave me some pointers about the tail and said I did pretty well with the head. He was working on my goose and showed me how he did the heads to make the head/neck junction flow better using clay. It's really not anything I can use right now, but I've got it in my memory bank for later utilization.
I know skinning and fleshing are important so I know I will probably spend a majority of the time doing that but as y'all pointed out, there is only so much you can learn by watching. Doing is how I've always learned anyways, but finding a mentor is going to be the tricky part.
There are no ducks in the desert!