Thursday, January 29, 2009

Bird Photography Weekly # 22

These are northern pintails found at the Bosque del Apache in November.






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17 comments:

Leedra said...

Great looking couple there at the last one.

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Linda in Erie said...

Those are some handsome-looking ducks. I hope to see some during the spring migration.

Ruth said...

Pintails rest here during migration in Sept-Oct and usually are easy to find for 2-3 weeks. They have a long journey.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Thanks for reminding me of the beauty of Northern PIntails.Of all the ducks I think this one is very near the top of my list in looks.
Blessings,Ruth

Larry said...

I wish I could count those-I need them for my January list.-very nice.

Sparverius said...

I found pintails for the first time near my home just a few weeks ago. You have some amazing photos of them. They look so stately.

christyzee said...

Very beautiful blog! I love nature and photography!
Blessings...

animtreebird said...

Very beautiful birds. Nice photos. :)))

Mary C said...

Leedra - thanks. I'm still wondering why it was two males swimming side by side. I wonder if maybe it was father and son? ;o)

Thanks, Linda. I sure hope you get to see some during spring migration. It looks as though pintails are all over the country, including most of Canada. And I would think they would also be around the Great Lakes areas.

Hi Ruth - knowing I saw them in November and you usually see them a month or two earlier, we can say they were still migrating south. I didn't realize they like feeding in corn fields. No wonder there were so many of them at the Bosque.

Ruth H - I agree. Of all the ducks I've seen in the past few years I would say wood ducks are my favorite and pintails would be second. They are really pretty, and I find the wood ducks even prettier.

Larry, you probably wouldn't see pintails in January, would you? Or do they stay in your neck of the woods year-round?

Sparverius - I couldn't have said it better - they are stately looking birds. Thanks for visiting.

christyzee - thank you. I also love and enjoy nature and taking photos of what I see. Thanks for visiting.

animtreebird - thanks! I'll be by to visit your post, too.

Mel said...

Hola Mary,

Is great to see the nature and beauty you get to enjoy :)

Besos,

Mel

Red said...

I wonder if it's typical for male ducks to swim together... remember the two mallards at Baylands I think it was? There was a female with, but the males were together.

Neil said...

Looks like duck are popular nice photos.

Mary C said...

Hi Mel and Neil - thank you!

Red - yes, I remember the male mallards swimming together. One thing though - it's possible that their behavior is quite different when not mating. At least I would think that there would be agressive behavior when they are mating. Agree?

Shellmo said...

These are wonderful Mary! I especially like the last photo - a couple (or maybe 2 friends) just swimming along together w/ a small wake behind them.

Kathiesbirds said...

We saw then when were were there in December. It was a great place to visit but so cold the day we went! Aren't they a handsome bird though!

Red said...

Yes, my guess would be they wouldn't tolerate each other during breeding season...

Mary C said...

Shelley, Kathie, Red - thank you!

 

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