Sunday, December 2, 2012

strutting his stuff

Northern pintail (Anas acuta)

And speaking of ducks: pintails are beautiful. If I get to come back as a waterfowl, let's hope it's a pintail and not a Muscovy.

What did James & Bobby Purify sing? Something like, "Come on let me see you shake your tail feathers." Watch the below video. Talk about a group of males showing off for the lady. And how noncommittal and disinterested she appears to be.  I assume she'll finally choose the male with the longest tail feathers thus producing a clutch with even longer pintails. A thousand years from now, a pintail's pintails may be a foot long. 

Funny how it all works. "Here we go loop-de-loop. Shake it up baby. Here we go loop-de-lie."

Click: Pintail courtship

- Above photo by J.M. Garg

1 comment:

Dorothy said...

Cute video! It's a sight what males will do to attract a mate :)

Wishing you all the joys of the Christmas season!