Northern Pintails

Thank you everyone for the congrats and well wishes on my last post, I am still on cloud nine!   🙂

Now back to birds!

Another one of my top favorite birds is the Northern Pintail.  I love the male’s gorgeous, distinct browns, black, and white contrasts, and that long tail.  I was super-excited when I saw a large number of them at my Bombay Hook NWR visit last month.  Many were off in the distance, but a few hung close to the shorelines along the wildlife drive.

_dsc0163-1-11317Male and Female Northern Pintail


I had no idea they could stretch their neck as much as this male did.  He stayed in this position for a while, keeping his eye on something off in the distance.  I imagine he was looking out for his gal and the other Pintails hiding in the grasses.



It was at this Bombay Hook visit that I photographed my best Northern Pintails in flight to date.  The skies were beautiful and this pair flew right past me.  I was able to stay with them and fire off eight shots, here’s two of them.




When I get captures like these, I can’t help but get giddy with delight!


44 thoughts on “Northern Pintails

  1. Beautiful flight shots Donna, especially of the pair, it is lovely how many ducks and geese are often photographed flying in pairs, as well as caring for their young.

  2. Love the pair flying together. I know someone who is trying to get photos of duck pairs in every breed.Good for ID purposes.Now I must go back to your previous post to discover what happened.

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