Artists submitting their works to the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest had five species of ducks to select from: American Wigeon, Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teal, Gadwall, and Wood Duck. Over 230 art entries were submitted with almost 60% being renditions of the Wood Duck. The winning artwork, however, depicted an American Wigeon. Robert Bealle of Waldorf, Maryland, created the winning piece. His painting of a male American Wigeon will appear on the 2010-2011 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation [Duck] Stamp (to be released in July 2010), with 98% of the proceeds of the sale of the stamp going directly to secure wetland and grassland habitat for the Refuge System. Stamps can be purchased at your local post office.
To see the impressive image and to read a news story of Bealle and his artwork, see this piece from the WASHINGTON POST: