Pretty Pintails

January 22, 2018 at 7:06 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Photography)

Northern pintail drake

Several northern pintail ducks at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge near Sacramento, California were at the pond at the beginning of the auto tour. The soft light brought out the subtle colors and designs in their plumage.

Between snoozing, preening, swimming and feeding, the pintails deserve a post of their own.

Pintail ducks, Colusa NWR, California

 

As with most birds, the males sport fancier plumage, but the hens are also quite lovely.

Northern pintail hen

Reflections in the still water also made for a bit of visual poetry.

I found one drake with a band on his leg. Maybe someone can figure where he was banded and when based on what I was able to capture.

Pintail ducks, Colusa NWR, California

Pintail ducks, Colusa NWR, California

Pintail ducks, Colusa NWR, California

Pintail ducks, Colusa NWR, California

Pintail ducks, Colusa NWR, California

Pintail ducks, Colusa NWR, California

Pintail ducks, Colusa NWR, California

Pintail ducks, Colusa NWR, California

Wildlife refuges are critical to preserving habitat for birds and other wildlife. Support your refuges. Buy a duck stamp or one of the America the Beautiful Interagency passes. The interagency pass is good for most federal recreation lands.

Pintail ducks, Colusa NWR, California

Pintail ducks, Colusa NWR, California

Photos and text copyrighted by Cindy McIntyre

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2 Comments

  1. Patti said,

    Cindy nice photos of the Pintails especially the feathers during preening

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