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As of 2014, the Northern Pintail is on the list of birds in steep decline. Yesterday, though, I saw many of them at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, outnumbering all the other ducks combined. They were busy looking for food, flying about from one spot to another, and allowing me ample opportunities for photos.

Northern Pintails at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. The one of the right is the male.

Northern Pintails at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. The one of the right is the male.

Female Northern Pintail with her head above water.

Female Northern Pintail with her head above water. The two diving ducks with long tails are male, and the other one female.

Northern Pintails in flight.

Northern Pintails in flight.

Landing on water at end of flight.

Landing on water at end of flight.

Female Northern Pintail putting on the water brakes.

Female Northern Pintail putting on the water brakes.

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