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_____________________________________________________________________________________ Birds 156 Northern Pintails

 

 

 

 

NORTHERN PINTAIL Anas acuta (m)

 

 

NORTHERN PINTAIL Anas acuta (m, f)

 

 

NORTHERN PINTAIL Anas acuta (m)

 

 

NORTHERN PINTAIL Anas acuta (m)

 

NORTHERN PINTAIL Anas acuta (f)

 

         The Northern Pintail Anas acuta is predominantly a winter visitor to the UK where it may be observed in relatively small numbers when compared to other native dabbling ducks. The drakes are very elegant and beautifully marked creatures whereas the ducks in common with the females of other species possess fairly typical dowdy plumage that enables them to remain well hidden when incubating eggs. However both sexes share the extended tail feathers that give this species its vernacular name and as they often feed as pairs or in small groups with their heads underwater and their tails pointing towards the sky this useful identification feature is usually easy to see. As will be evident from the pictures the photographer waited for them to stop doing this before taking their photographs!

 

 

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