Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Northern Pintail

 Female and male Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)

Supposedly, Pintails are here in south-central Ontario  only during migration, but I have seen them on standing on ice in mid winter. As long as they can still get food these two may not move on, although the weather has turned quite a bit colder so perhaps they have already headed farther south.

 Female Northern Pintail

The female may not be as  striking as the male, but she is still a beauty!

Male Northern Pintail

Males are easy to recognize even from a long distance. They have long necks with a white stripe.
I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

26 comments:

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Belas fotografias, aproveito para desejar um Bom Ano Novo.

diane b said...

Nice birds and lovely shots. Terrific light and sharpness.

Tom said...

How wonderful and peaceful.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the Pintails are beautiful ducks. Great shots!

Happy Tuesday, enjoy your new week! I wish you all the best in 2016, Happy New Year!

TexWisGirl said...

they are such graceful looking ducks.

Nancy Chan said...

I always enjoy watching ducks swim.

VP said...

Great shots of very nice birds!

Linda W. said...

Nice photos of the ducks, and it looks like you had a wonderful sunny day.

Mary Hone said...

Such a handsome pair.

William Kendall said...

They are beautiful ducks.

Lowell said...

More beautiful bird shots. I don't think Florida is one of their annual stops, though.

Debbie said...

ooooh they are so cute, they were named well!!! i don't think i have ever seen them but i need to pay more attention to ducks!!!

beautiful captures, with very pretty light!!!

Maks said...

I like Pintails - these birds are very interestant and male have beautiful head - beige, dark brown, light brown - many colours! I greet! :)

RedPat said...

Nice shots, EG! I habe noticed that the juncos have arrived so I guess winter is here.

Cloudia said...

What beautiful shots

Ruth Hiebert said...

In my opinion the Pintail drake is one of the most handsome ducks around.

Andrew Fulton said...

Wonderful birds to see

Kay said...

Nice shots of a pair of good looking ducks. I really do need to pay more attention to ducks. I suspect I've been missing my share of these.

Anvilcloud said...

You do know your fowl, and you know how to find them.

Lea said...

Beautiful!
Happy New Year!
Lea

Valerie said...

The male of the species is certainly attractive and distinctive - great shots, E.G. Thank you for the joy your photography has brought to my life throughout 2015 - wishing you and yours a safe, happy and healthy 2016.

Rose said...

They have such a quiet beauty!

Marie C said...

Wonderful pintails!

Mary Cromer said...

Oh the pair is so beautiful, just delightful to see them. Have a wonderful, Happy New Year. thank you for all of your shares~

Wally Jones said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful images! I think these are among the best looking ducks on the planet.

Marilyn Kircus said...

We have been getting more pintails here on the North Carolina outer banks just in the last few weeks. I suspect many will stay much further north unless we get some actual winter weather.

Thanks for posting on one of my favorite ducks. I usually only get to see them in winter from Florida to Texas, depending on where I'm living but will be right on the edge of their breeding range this spring, so maybe I'll get to see the babies.

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