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"Northern Pintail"
Northern Pintail:    In 1897, the American Ornithologists' Union called the Northern Pintail simply the "Pintail". In their publiction "The Auk" (vol.XIV), they wrote: "Commonly known as Pian Queue from the resemblance of the long feathers of the tail to a grass called Pian. Also known as Sprig-tail and Long-necked Duck."

"The common pintail duck, (Anas acuta), is found here in vast flocks. The chief and myself killed twenty-six to-day, by a simultaneous discharge of our guns. They are exceedingly fat and most excellent eating; indeed all the game of this lower country is far superior that found in the nieghborhood of Vancouver. The ducks feed upon a small submerged vegetable which grows in great abundance upon the reedy islands in this vicinity."

-- John Kirk Townsend, October 18, 1836, while near Chinook, Washington, IN: "Narrative of a Journey Across the Rocky Mountains to the Columbia River", published 1839.

 
Ankeny NWR, Oregon ...

Image, 2014, Ankeny NWR, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Northern Pintail, Ankeny NWR, Oregon. Gorgeous winter day. Image taken January 25 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
Image, 2014, Ankeny NWR, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Northern Pintail, Ankeny NWR, Oregon. Gorgeous winter day. Image taken January 25 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


Brady Loop, Satsop, Washington ...

Image, 2010, Satsop, Washington, click to enlarge
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Northern Pintail, male, Brady Loop, Satsop, Washington. Image taken February 8, 2010. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.
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Northern Pintail, male, Brady Loop, Satsop, Washington. Image taken February 8, 2010. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.


Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon ...

Image, 2013, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Northern Pintail, male, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon. Mostly cloudy spring day. Image taken April 1, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


Ridgefield NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2008, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge Image, 2008, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge
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Northern Pintails. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken February 19, 2008.

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Scappoose Bottoms, Oregon ...

Image, 2012, Scappoose Bottoms, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Northern Pintail, male, Scappoose Bottoms, Scappoose, Oregon. Sunny warm winter day. Image taken February 4, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


Tualatin River NWR, Oregon ... (leucistic)

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Leucistic Northern Pintail, Tualatin River NWR, Oregon. Overcast, gray, and foggy. Image taken December 16, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


Vanport Wetlands, Portland, Oregon

Image, 2015, Vanport Wetlands, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Northern Pintails, Vanport Wetlands, Portland, Oregon. Warm sunny winter day. Image taken January 24, 2015. Canon SX50.



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