Friday, 21 March 2014

Posh birds ...

Pintail (Anas acuta)

The Pintail (A. acuta) is a fairly common winter visitor to my home county of West Sussex. Although they are recorded elsewhere, their main populations tend to be concentrated around Chichester Harbour, Pagham Harbour and the Arun Valley to the north; Amberley Wild Brooks and Pulborough Brooks. These sites are favoured as they provide large sheltered areas of open water or wetland. Overwintering birds start to return in late August and early September; the first arrivals showing a preference towards Pagham Harbour. An increase in numbers in the Arun Valley typically occurs during seasonal mid winter flooding.

Large, elegant and slim, the male Pintail in breeding plumage is perhaps the most 'well-dressed' of all surface-feeding ducks …

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