Synchronized Pintails

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Northern pintail ducks, Anas acuta, breed in summer in Northern Eurasia, Alaska, and across Canada.

They fly south to spend the winter along the east and west coasts of North America and across the southern half of the United States and into South America.

Some pintails, like these two males, show up in winter at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in southern New Jersey.

Long-necked, long-tailed, brown-headed, beautiful pintail ducks.
They are dabbling ducks that feed by dipping their heads under the water, dabbling, rather than diving.
Sometimes they seem as coordinated in their movements as an Olympic synchronized swim team!

 

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Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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