Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Northern Pintail

Male Northern Pintail (Anas Acuta)

A few ducks have begun to arrive at a favourite marsh just north of Lake Ontario.  Among those stopping over for a brief rest on their way south are Northern Pintails and this fellow was kind enough to swim close enough for some decent photos.

 Swimming in amongst dead marsh plants

I waited for this one to stretch his long graceful neck but whenever he did he was behind dead and dying cattails and weeds. He's handsome now but not as elegant looking as he will be next spring when attracting females. But wait!

Female Northern Pintail

It seems the Northern Pintail males visiting this marsh already have a female following.
I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

47 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

Snap! You also have a Pintail today however you shots are fantastic. My Pintails were quite a distance away although I am not complaining as I saw more Pintails this year than ever before in one place so that is good news.

Krishna/കൃഷ്ണ said...

Beautiful capture...

thanks

Jacquelineand.... said...

What elegant colouring they have!

Mersad said...

Their feathers fit into the fall season perfectly.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

eileeninmd said...

Pretty shots of the Pintails. They are handsome ducks.. I have seen some during my Bombay Hook visit.. It will be nice to see the winter ducks returning.. Have a happy day!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Such elegant ducks. They overwinter here (if you know where to look) though many people will not have seen them.

Revrunner said...

I see they where they migrate throughout region, so I'll have to keep a watch out for them.

Stewart M said...

Wonderful birds - and I think you may not be the only one who posts Pintail to WBW this week.

I love the elegance of that white line up their necks,

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Barbara Wójcik said...

Beautiful! Such elegant ducks.I like it!

Sandra said...

the second shot he appears to be looking straight into your camera... and the reflections are beautiful...

William Kendall said...

They're both beautiful.

Birdman said...

I guess you know your Pintails. I would have to take them from the water, turn them upside down and check.

see you there! said...

I enjoy seeing the male/female photos together so I can compare the plumage.

Darla

Lowell said...

Going south, you say? I'll have to keep my eye out for them. I wonder if there's a game called "Pin the Tail on the Duck?"

I'm guessing you're happy with the election, yes?

Chandra said...

Hi Tina,
A cutie (cutea) alright! Thanks for presenting both the Mrs. and Mr. Acuta :)

Have a Beautiful Day!

Peace :)

Jane of Levant said...

Hello EG - What fantastic shots - capturing every detail - hope you are keeping well - Jane UK

TexWisGirl said...

i love these graceful looking ducks!

Karen said...

Oh he's handsome. Beautiful shots and reflections!

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful shots! I like the rippling reflections.

Linda W. said...

Nice reflections!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful ducks! I love their curvy beak! Wonderful captures as always, EG! Hope your week is off to a great start!

Adam Jones said...

I do love the Pintail and spent some time watching them myself at the weekend. You got some great pictures.

Lynn said...

outstanding colours- handsome!

RedPat said...

And she is a cute little companion, EG!

Felicia said...

beautiful birds.

Ginny said...

Awesome! Finally, someone is posting good pictures of a pintail. There are some ducks at the duck pond, and they look a bit pin tailed, but I have not been able to make a good I.D. I am comparing my pictures to this now. Do the males always have the black head and bill?

Karen S. said...

Such pretty captures, what a wonderful day for them too!

Chris Rohrer said...

Northern Pintails are elegant and quite the lookers in the bird world. Hope more come your way.

Marie said...

Great photos! How nice they knew where to look for each other!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely shots of the handsome ducks.

cieldequimper said...

I'm so tired that I misread the title as pinktail and was looking for a pink tail... :-)

Ruth Hiebert said...

The Pintail is a beautiful and elegant duck.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Handsome fellow, no wonder he has a female following. He posed beautifully for you too.

NatureFootstep said...

one of my favourites :)

bailey-road.com said...

Fantastic shots of these beautiful ducks.

Stephanie said...

Gorgeously captured!

Michelle said...

I like their muted colors.

Lisa Gordon said...

Such beautiful creatures!
I love the detail in their feathers.

Lois said...

Handsome birds!

Randy said...

I like the markings on the male.

Gail Dixon said...

They are quite beautiful and you've captured them so well. It's always nice when wildlife comes in closer for a good portrait.

Cloudia said...

You live is wonderful country




ALOHA from Honolulu
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llandudnopictures said...

Some great poses from them here!

Mary Cromer said...

Absolutely splendid captures!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

It's a good way to mourn summer and accept fall! Lovely photos, as ever.

Kathy said...

These photos are beautifully clear and detailed. Nice job!

kelley jensen said...

It does look fun. Love the ducks too.

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