[16] Populations are also affected by the conversion of wetlands and grassland to arable crops, depriving the duck of feeding and nesting areas. A flock of nrthern pintail waterfowl is flying in the sky in north Idaho. Spring – Eclipse Molt. The feathers of a duck including the colour, patterns, and arrangement of these feathers are called the plumage. Find the perfect northern pintail plumage stock photo. [8] Its long neck enables it to take food items from the bottom of water bodies up to 30 cm (12 in) deep, which are beyond the reach of other dabbling ducks like the mallard. It is highly gregarious when not breeding, forming large mixed flocks with other species of duck. Mistle Thrush 1 singing plus 1. Dunlin were by far the most numerous species with approximately 450 birds, 110 Ringed Plover, a juvenile Sanderling , 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper , 7 Little Stint (one partial summer adult), 3 Ruff and a Little Ringed Plover. Labels: Pennington Marsh, pintail, wigeon. ... Hen Eclipse Drake . [2] The scientific name comes from two Latin words: anas, meaning "duck", and acuta, which comes from the verb acuere, "to sharpen"; the species term, like the English name, refers to the pointed tail of the male in breeding plumage. Email This BlogThis! [14] In parts of the range, such as Great Britain and the northwestern United States, the pintail may be present all year. Saturday 8th September . Location: Bear River National Wildlife Refuge, Box Elder County, Utah Date: 7/24/2015 Join the community here The unmistakable breeding plumaged male has a chocolate-brown head and white breast with a white stripe extending up the side of the neck. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Duck Hunting Regulations, Limited Canvasback Season Re-Opened", "Losing ground: The top 10 common birds in decline", "Service continues to expand non-toxic shot options", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Northern_pintail&oldid=991549181, Wikipedia indefinitely move-protected pages, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 30 November 2020, at 17:16. Status: Offline. Most flocks in feeding areas are small—5 or 6 birds, with more hens and immatures than adult drakes. This is a large duck, and the male's long central tail feathers give rise to the species' English and scientific names. Wigeon There are thirteen Teal on Folly Pond today, a solitary Tufted Duck was on Whooper Pond at closing time last night and we even had a drake Pintail and some Wigeon earlier on the week on Folly Pond. [13] The Pintail walks well on land, and swims well. In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake pintail looks similar to the female, but retains the male upperwing pattern and long grey shoulder feathers. [8] The female lays seven to nine cream-coloured eggs at the rate of one per day;[11] the eggs are 55 mm × 38 mm (2.2 in × 1.5 in) in size and weigh 45 g (1.6 oz), of which 7% is shell. Juvenile birds resemble the female, but are less neatly scalloped and have a duller brown speculum with a narrower trailing edge. The hens are much less conspicuous, having primarily gray and brown plumage. [30] In the United States, Canada, and many western European countries, all shot used for waterfowl must now be non-toxic, and therefore may not contain any lead.[31][32][33]. [28], Hunting with lead shot, along with the use of lead sinkers in angling, has been identified as a major cause of lead poisoning in waterfowl, which often feed off the bottom of lakes and wetlands where the shot collects. The specimens were collected by J. V. Arundel in Sydney Island (Manra Island), Phoenix Islands in 1885 and came to the Liverpool national collection via Canon Henry Baker Tristram's collection which was purchased in 1896. [8], Both sexes reach sexual maturity at one year of age. [11], Around three-quarters of chicks live long enough to fledge, but not more than half of those survive long enough to reproduce. On O Reservoir were several Great Crested Grebes. [10] The male is 59–76 cm (23–30 in) in length and weighs 450–1,360 g (0.99–3.00 lb), and therefore is considerably larger than the female, which is 51–64 cm (20–25 in) long and weighs 454–1,135 g (1.001–2.502 lb). Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest. Main / Village bay 1030-1230. c300 Golden plover circling to north ( over Wormstal wood) -2 red kites & peregrine in same area -closer views from near selby fork later by Keith B and Joe S) Whooper swan by islands and eclipse drake Goosander by sluice. Key features on both hens and drakes are slender pointed wings, long necks and the telltale pointed tail that is still somewhat noticeable even on hens and eclipse drakes. Juvenile birds resemble the female, but are less neatly scalloped and have a duller brown speculum with a narrower trailing edge. This is a record of my field trips with a few photographs to add to the interest. [11], A migratory duck that breeds in northern Eurasia and North America, Game animals and shooting in North America, Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1886, p.79. The northern pintail is a fairly large duck with a wing chord of 23.6–28.2 cm (9.3–11.1 in) and wingspan of 80–95 cm (31–37 in). In 1997, an estimated 1.5 million water birds, the majority being northern pintails, died from avian botulism during two outbreaks in Canada and Utah. The eclipse plumage is worn for a few weeks or months, depending on the species of duck, before another moult occurs when the male (drake) will once again regain its colourful breeding plumage and can begin to attract a mate before the breeding season starts. Posts: 931. Huge collection, amazing choice, 100+ million high quality, affordable RF and RM images. Pintail in eclipse ? [26], This species' preferred habitat of shallow water is naturally susceptible to problems such as drought or the encroachment of vegetation, but this duck's habitat might be increasingly threatened by climate change. In winter, it will utilise a wider range of open habitats, such as sheltered estuaries, brackish marshes and coastal lagoons. A distant duck looked, albeit only at 8x mag through my trusty Swarovski SLCs, to have a thin pointed and quite long tail, surely a Pintail?! The hen's plumage is more subtle and subdued, with drab brown feathers similar to those of other female dabbling ducks. In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake pintail looks similar to the female, but retains the male upperwing pattern and long grey shoulder feathers. Spring planting means that many nests of this early breeding duck are destroyed by farming activities,[27] and a Canadian study showed that more than half of the surveyed nests were destroyed by agricultural work such as ploughing and harrowing. 2 cattle egret and cc marsh harrier reported. A few highlights this morning. Some ducks have a very spectacular and colourful plumage such as the Mandarin, American Wood Duck, and Baikal Teal to name just a few. A drake Green-winged teal just coming out of eclipse plumage was on the Island lake in the late morning, A pair of Pintail were on the New workings, 13 Curlew came down to the Island lake, Also seen was 4 Stonechats (Cell 'B'), 2 Swallows over Cell 'C', a Green sandpiper (Cell 'C'), … Juvenile birds resemble the female, but are less neatly scalloped and have a duller brown speculum with a narrower trailing edge. The bill is bluish and the legs are blue-grey. In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake pintail looks similar to the female, but retains the male upperwing pattern and long grey shoulder feathers. In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake pintail looks similar to the female, but retains the male upperwing pattern and long grey shoulder feathers. Song Thrush 2 singing. [11] Large birds of prey, such as northern goshawks, will take ducks from the ground, and some falcons, including the gyrfalcon, have the speed and power to catch flying birds. Show off your images, experiences and read the RSPB’s blogs! [8] It has a very fast flight, with its wings slightly swept-back, rather than straight out from the body like other ducks. [13], The male's call is a soft proop-proop whistle, similar to that of the common teal, whereas the female has a mallard-like descending quack, and a low croak when flushed. My main interest has been birds but recently I have become interested in butterflies and moths but find the moths very difficult at times and some remain unidentified. VII), the extinct subspecies, are held in the collections of National Museums Liverpool at World Museum, with accession numbers T11792 (male immature), T11795 (female adult) and T11797 (female adult). Although the species has recovered from that low point, the breeding population in 1999 was 30% below the long-term average, despite years of major efforts focused on restoring the species. 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