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Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Tamron SP AF200-500mm f5-6.3 Di LD
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-07 7:42
Viewed: 3436
Points: 12
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I saw these beautiful migratory pintails in the lake of Ranthambore.Popularly known as a tiger reserve, the Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is also a sustainable habitat for migratory birds that arrive here even during the winters in large numbers, courtesy surrounding water bodies.


The Pintail or Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) is a widely occurring duck which breeds in the northern areas of Europe, Asia and North America. It is strongly migratory and winters south of its breeding range to the equator. Unusually for a bird with such a large range, it has no geographical subspecies if the possibly conspecific Eaton's Pintail is considered to be a separate species.

This is a fairly large duck, with a long pointed tail that gives rise to the species' English and scientific names. The male has a very distinctive brown, grey and white appearance, whereas the female has mainly light brown plumage and a shorter tail. The male's call is a mellow whistle, whereas the female quacks like a Mallard.

The Northern Pintail is a bird of open wetlands which nests on the ground, often some distance from water. It feeds by dabbling for plant food and adds small invertebrates to its diet during the nesting season. It is highly gregarious when not breeding, forming large mixed flocks with other species of duck.

This duck's population is affected by predators, parasites and avian diseases. Human activities, such as agriculture, hunting and fishing, have also had a significant impact on numbers. Nevertheless, this species' huge range and large population mean that it is not threatened globally.
Source: Wikipedia

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-07 7:46]

Hello Subhash
A fine capture of this species, taken with natural colors and great details

Hello Subhash
I saw in the lake near Gent some pintails, but I have no decent image of them.Here are not so common, ven in winter, probably are wintering somewere else, probably sourthen than Belgium.
You captured very well these two males (?) , with a very good pov.
Kind regards,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-07 8:18]

Hi Subhash
Wonderful capture this lovely Anas acuta, with great sharp details, colors and refection!

hello Subhash

beautiful photography of the Pintails, with fine low POV,
fien focus sharpness and details, a beautiful light coming to the birds,



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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-02-07 9:12]

Hi Subhash,
Two ducks, synchronized ...
Very nice composition and soft colors.
Sharp detail and great reflections.
Best wishes,

Hi Subhash
You've captured two very interesting Pintails. Their colour is quite unique and they blend in well to their surrounds. Great notes.
TFS Janice

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