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Northern Pintail

Northern Pintail
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Copyright: Penny Harms (nellyemh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 1 N: 159] (767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-01-10 13:31
Viewed: 3766
Points: 10
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I'd been wandering around my neighborhood looking for the migratory birds in our area, and it never occurred to me to check the local lakes and ponds. Today, I took my son to feed the ducks and voila! There were two new species visiting us for the winter. The Northern Pintail and the American Wigeon! Problem? I didn't really pay attention to the fact that these ducks were new because I was keeping a close eye on my toddler hoping he wouldn't feed them his precious cheddar goldfish and fall in the water doing it!

I got home, uploaded my shots, and then I had my "AHA!" moment. Since I wasn't paying full attention to what I was shooting, none of the shots of the Northern Pintail showed his glorious pintail!!!

But this male is a beautiful bird anyway. I love how his feathers splay out across his back, and the blue on his bill, among other things. Thanks for looking!

Northern Pintail Male: Large, dabbling duck. Gray and black upperparts, white neck, underparts, gray sides. Head, throat, and nape are brown; a white stripe divides front and back of neck. Gray wings have green speculum bordered with brown above and white below. Tail is black, long, and pointed.

Range and Habitat:
Northern Pintail Male: Breeds from Alaska and Labrador south to California, Nebraska, and Maine. Spends winters south to Central America and the West Indies; also in Eurasia. Preferred habitats include marshes, prairie ponds, tundra, and sometimes salt marshes.

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Una belleza de ave :), una pena el corte de la cola :? ...excelente nitidez:), hubiera tratado de eliminar los dos cuerpos de arriba que distraen, dejando solamente los reflejos.

Very nicely done Penny! I had not heard of this one...I spent much of my time in Mendocino...twenty years, but none like this...and in the wilderness of Washington Mountains...only Mallards usually...This is a super nice capture. I know where you are in Westlake V and this was a good deal getting a shot like that...It is a good change from the fast pace around you..Listen to tech kids..they will always tell ya!

hello Penny, very nice capture, good composition and pov, great sharpness and depth of field, lovely vivid colors. i feel it may be a bit overexposed.

Hello Penny,

This is as clear as crystal & a very vivid.



Hello Penny
I missed this one....lets start with the negatives..tip of tail missing..thats it for them!!
Now the positives...the sharpness is astounding..the pov is really nice showing off his wonderful colours and feather details on his back..youve got a really cool reflection.
This is brilliant penny and he is the best looking duck I have ever seen...superb note as well.


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