Since there was a definite outcry of support for more birds after the last post, I’ve decided to appease the teaming millions and feature a bird for this post. This particular set of pictures is actually a bit of a surprise. If you recall, I introduced the Northern Pintail back in June of last year (link here). In that post I mentioned there was a better set of pictures likely to come from the second day of shooting.
I managed to process this second set of images yet they didn’t find their way onto the blog. Nothing like spending time on something only to find there were no fruits of the labor. As you can tell, the missing images were found (while processing the Katydids from the last post). I do like these shots better – the previous ones were mostly from behind and didn’t give a good view of the overall bird. The right side view:
the left side view:
and the front! That pretty much covers all the angles with the tail side covered in the previous post.
Hit the jump to read some more about the Pintails
Oh, for those that are not familiar with all the posts from this site, these were taken on our second day at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve in Nevada. Definitely better light for that second day. Up to this point all I’ve been able to show you is the male Pintail. No fear, we were lucky enough to get the female while we were there.
Definitely not as impressive as the male and not entirely sure I would be able to easily identify the female if it wasn’t for the proximity of the male. My guiding principle of widening some of the shots in the field to help in identification proves fruitful once again. Of course, that doesn’t always result in proper identification. Take for example the following wider shot.
You just might think you have a shot of two male Pintails out enjoying a leisurely paddle with their significant others. This is not the case unless these males have decided to branch out. Using the comparison of the female in the previous shot you’ll notice those are not female Pintails. Nope, them be Ruddy Ducks (link here). What really happened is the two males intruded into the leisurely paddle of a Ruddy couple. The male Ruddy being on the far left and the female on the far right. If you happened to hit the Ruddy Duck link I probably need to apologize. I ID’d the ducks on that post to females which look like the male version here and not the female – turns out the males do not sport a teal bill in their Winter plumage which was throwing me off – also think there was a bad reference on the net – always learning, always learning.
Glad I finally tracked this set down so I could show you some better product.