1. Do any of you have any pictures of the full process of a bird? I have no pictures of the process (in process).
2. What is the best place to buy supplies? Is there a good Starter kit for someone that wants to do all kinds of taxidermy? I do think it would be in your best interest to get some hands on training, whether that would be at a good school, or under an apprenticeship with a quality taxidermist. supplies can be bought at any taxidermy supply company ie. Vandykes, rinehart's, McKenzie, Wasco, etc.
3. I would like to do some of my own and see if I like doing it and if I'm any good. Ultimately I would love to do it as a side job or maybe more any tips comments or ideas? Then buy a video or two. The lessons are somewhat vague, but better than nothing. Pick one species at first, and see if it's your cup of tea.
4. Does everyone take pictures and study them for there mounts? Pictures are good, and also studying the anatomy of the skinned specimen is a great way to learn what the muscular-structure entails.
5. I was told you have to measure each bird before you mount it so that the mount is the right size is this correct? Yes, do not order by particular specimen, like a Mallard form for a Mallard, you may need a pintail form instead, depending on the length and girth measurements.
6. What parts of the bird is used? The skin and feathers, the wing and leg bones, the feet, and possibly the bill depending on your particular taste. (they do make artificial bills and eyes for nearly all specimens, and a limited amount of feet).