Friday, February 11, 2011

Preening Northern Pintail

I love to photograph northern pintails, and I think the drake's can look especially stunning when they show off those patterns as they preen. So in honor of Valentine's Day coming up on Monday, here's a few shots of this handsome fella getting himself ready to impress the ladies.

Northern pintail drake in a tidal marsh
Northern pintail checking every last feather
Male northern pintail preening in a tidal marsh
Preening northern pintail - Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography


  1. Great exposures ... did you use a polarizer? Or, was it overcast? I often blow out the white spots on images like these.

  2. Thanks, Paul!

    Thanks, Dan! This was a heavily overcast day, so perfect for photographing wildlife! I agree that in full sun, these ducks are tricky to get a good exposure on.

  3. The most elegant duck in my book. Superbly captured.

  4. So joyous.
    the bird, the water, the reflections..