This is how the vulture came to me, not bad, but on real life close inspection he had a very bad paint job and very scruffy tail and wing feathers. Some of the primary flight feathers had to be reshaped as they were missing sections.
This is an antique bird from circa 1900. As you can see he needs some attention (don't we all)
This bird had badly painted legs and head which had to be stripped off to get back to the real skin. These birds in life have a very deep pink head and also ugly eye warts as you can see in the header picture. Mine also has some feather loss and some very dodgy glitter spray to be removed. Obviously an over zealous person let loose with the spray can. :0( In most cases I wouldn't recommend to anyone to completely over restore an antique, but, as this is for my own personal collection I have no qualms about it. I like to think my bird is having some cosmetic surgery to turn him from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. :0)
A real life turkey vulture image. Pretty arn’t they?! Lol
My personal taste.
Obviously my opinion is about natural looking animals, not the anthropomorphic type (animals in human clothes and poses) I personally like my animals to look as near to the real thing as possible, so for me it does not have to be a "label name" to want it, I look for an animal that has the right posture, leg shape, body and head shape, Even if an animal has a sought after makers label if it hasn't got the "look of life" I don't want it. I would choose an unknown taxidermist over the well known any day if they had the true artistry to make an animal look lifelike. In my mind the "art" of taxidermy is to make it look like it can run away. Unless it's just a head on a shield of course!.. ;0))