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Sheldon restoring feathers

Sheldon uses a solution containing a detergent to gently remove dirt from the long tail feathers of this bird mount. Blotting paper is carefully inserted under the feather and the solution painted onto the feathers. The area is then flushed with distilled water, removing both the solution and the dirt. The blotting paper helps draw the dirt and liquids away.

Kate Jones
© Australian Museum

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