Why Are They Called “Pintails”?

In today’s post, I’m going to get away from the beavers and highlight one of the migrating ducks that I’ve seen while kayaking (I have some more beaver images that I will share in a few days). Living along the Mississippi Flyway presents it’s opportunities every spring and fall … and I try to take full advantage of being here! Today’s post is about the Northern Pintail (Anas acuta). Over the last couple of days, there have been quite a few pintails coming through.

As you can see in these images, the drake (male) Pintail has a long, slender, pointed tail that is very evident when he is flying. The hen’s (female) tail, however, is much shorter and not nearly as pointed. Normally, this bird is very difficult to approach in our area, but being camoflauged in the kayak and sitting among the marshy vegetation allows me to photograph these beauties in flight as they seek a landing area.

Here are a couple of my favorite images from the kayak:


Northern Pintail ducks in flight


Northern Pintail drake in flight


 For tomorrow’s post, I’m planning on featuring another migrating duck.


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