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