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Duck hunting with decoys

A duck decoy is a man-made object resembling a real duck with the purpose of attracting seabirds. Duck decoys were historically carved from wood and often exhibit a great craftsmanship. They could however be made from a wide range of materials such as textiles and feathers. Live – trapped – birds are also known to have been used as decoys. Modern decoys are commonly factory made from plastic.

Duck decoy

Bua, Varberg. 19th – 20th Century
Carved from wood. A solid lead plate has been nailed to the bottom of the decoy for added weight. Read more. 

Tufted duck

(Aythya fuligula)

Maybe the decoy has been made to resemble a tufted duck?