Northern Pintail ~ Male by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken at Sweetwater Wetlands Tucson, Az 2010,

This stunning dabbling duck is declining in numbers. It breeds from the tundra southward, largely in Alaska, Canada and the Great Plains, nesting in open countries around rivers, marshes, and lakes. Like all dabbling duck, pintails court with vigorous gesturing of the head and erratic paired flights, the male uttering a repeated “burp whistle”.

Pintails in winter in a variety of inland and coastal wetlands, from river margins to marshes and swamps to estuaries. Flocks of flying birds often form lines (smaller dabblers ususlly fly in irregular formations).

This species is usual shy and wary, feeding mostly in the evening and at night.

VOICE Male: a tremulous, tooting whistle, often doubled. Female: nasal quacking, higher and softer than Mallard

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  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 5 years ago

    Very nice capture my friend…Hugs…Tom

  • Thank you Tom! He is a handsome guy I will say~ I was very excited to see one!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantalmost 5 years ago

    He looks fake !!! LOL! nice one !!! :)

  • I agree Judy! I questioned weather to load him or not, but decided too because he was so handsome! I am glad you like it, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    This is a dandy (ducky?) pintail. Just love the whole effect.

  • Thank you again Sheila, I hope to get a better shot in the future~ We will see.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • sleepyeyedrar
    sleepyeyedraralmost 5 years ago

    I really like this shot…very woodsy …..tones …. pretty

  • Thank you very much! I appreciate you taking the time to visit my images~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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