Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pintail Duck

 Male Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)

Wild ducks are on the move and Sunday afternoon I was fortunate enough to see this drake swimming amongst the reeds in a marsh I like to visit.  In the past, I have seen them in early spring swimming in ponds and marshes before all the ice has melted, but this was the first time I'd seen one in fall.

Pintail, his wonky reflection, and reflection of water-depth marker

Many ducks are less handsome in fall than they are during the  breeding season, but this species maintains their good looks throughout the year.

I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

41 comments:

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show with some beautiful ducks :)

llandudnopictures said...

A very handsome duck indeed!

see you there! said...

Like the way the water ripples around the duck, great reflections.

Darla

Giga said...

Kaczki są sliczne, ale zdjęcia ich wspaniałe. Pozdrawiam.
Ducks are very pretty, but the illustrations are wonderful. Yours.

Maggid said...

I LOVE visiting your blog!

This drake is marvelous -
and, the train below, too . . .

Thanks for sharing your world -
Oh! they told me it could take two weeks for my glasses . . . I'm so excited . . They are gonna rock!

Happiest Day to You!

LindyLou Mac said...

I particularly like the last photo. What a lovely surprise to have you call by and comment on the Book Review Blog, appreciated. :)

Phil Slade said...

They are a beautiful duck and so is your picture. I had some on my blog recently but I could never get so close, they are just too wild.

Nancy said...

Your photos are stunning. What a thrill to capture this wonderful Pintail with your camera. Well done.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Excellent shot of the pintails EG, love the watery reflections.. when they haven't got their derrieres in the air they're very elegant gliding across the water :)

Poppy said...

Ah, to be a duck, to swim freely and leisurely in cool, wavy waters, floating along, as life goes by.

Pretty shots!

Poppy

Small City Scenes said...

One good-looking Drake. MB

Carletta said...

He's a handsome fellow and that rippling water in the first shot shows him off well.
Lovely shot!

TexWisGirl said...

they are such graceful things!

Rose said...

He is such a handsome fellow! I have never seen one in real life.

I ran through the strip pits last night...I do not know what has happened out there but there is hardly any wild life showing. I did not see one single short-eared owl. No deer. One pheasant, and a couple Northern Harriers. A handful of geese and some coots...it is a mystery.

Sandra said...

I liked that rippily reflection and also the word wonky.. LOL

Gail Dixon (LaBelle) said...

Fortunate indeed! I've never seen one and I think they are beautiful. Your photos show how handsome these ducks are.

Margaret Adamson said...

This is a very regal and beautiful duck and they have arrived back in Northern Ireland for the winter.

Linda W. said...

Nice photos. Love the blueness of the water and the great reflections.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This duck is not that colourful,but I absolutely love them. They have such sophisticated look to them.

RedPat said...

I've seen them down on the lakeshore in the spring and always like watching them. Nice to see them in their fall 'coat'.

mick said...

Great photos - beautiful duck and reflections.

eileeninmd said...

It is a handsome duck! Great shots!

genie said...

What wonderful reflections and so nice of the duck to let you be a visiting photographer. Super shots.

genie said...

What wonderful reflections and so nice of the duck to let you be a visiting photographer. Super shots.

Andrea said...

I agree, he is certainly a handsome fellow. I have never had the pleasure of seeing a Northern Pintail, but I can hope ... someday, somewhere. Meanwhile, I can enjoy your gorgeous pictures :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

William Kendall said...

A handsome drake!

I don't think I've ever seen one...

Cloudia said...

wonderful pictures.



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Jack said...

He is a handsome lad, EG. Manly! Or, rather, duckly!

Lady Lilith BloodCrave said...

How nice. I love the ripples and the duck sitting in them. This image is so clear and amazing, it almost looks posed. Nice job.

Karen said...

He's a handsome duck, and your photos are really great, terrific reflections!

Chris Rohrer said...

You are absolutely correct....these birds are stunners:) And migration is finally arriving here in Tucson with all of the waterbirds! Crazy shows are going on around our waterways. Great shots on these beauties.

Brian King said...

Gorgeous photos of this handsome duck!

Wally Jones said...

Very nice series of images of the Pintail!
We're just beginning to get migrant ducks here in central Florida. Hope to see Pintails and lots of their friends soon.

Thank you for sharing your photos!

Dave said...

One of my Fav species, great post of this handsome fella

Cezar and Léia said...

Gorgeous duck! Love your pictures!
Léia

Arija said...

So prettily reflected in the water, nice duck too.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Gorgeous photos!
Where I live sometimes I see some wild ducks around...

bailey-road.com said...

Nice shots of this pretty duck.

edenhills said...

That really is a beautiful bird. Great reflection shots.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful shots with very nice reflections.

NatureFootstep said...

o, I envy you. I have not seen any of these this year. :( Very good photos. :)

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