Northern Pintail Duck

The Northern Pintail is a winter visitor to Long Island, NY.

Earlier this month, I found an adult male in breeding plumage at a small, local duck pond. It was swimming with the local Mallards as if it was just one of the guys. I love the pattern and color of its feathers, particularly the white stripes on each side of its neck. And its bill makes me think of blue/black saddle shoes.

Yes, it’s no longer winter, but for this Pintail, it’s close enough for rock and roll. 🙂

Northern Pintail, male, April 2013.

Northern Pintail, male, April 2013.

Northern Pintail Duck, male, 4/2/13

Northern Pintail Duck, male, 4/2/13

Northern Pintail Duck, male, 4/2/13

Northern Pintail Duck, male, 4/2/13

Northern Pintail Duck, male, 4/2/13

Northern Pintail Duck, male, 4/2/13

Back in January 2006, I photographed a female Northern Pintail at this same pond.

Northern Pintail, female, January, 2006.

Northern Pintail, female, January, 2006.

Northern Pintail, female, January, 2006.

Northern Pintail, female, January, 2006.

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