I saw Pinny tonight at the Pond. He's a young northern pintail drake who has been hanging around the Pond most days since the beginning of December. Before that, there was a young pintail at the Pool (uptown in Central Park), probably the same duck. I posted a blog about this pintail on Nov. 24, Hey Lady, I'm Not a Mallard! (At first I said the duck was a female, then backpedaled rapidly when I found out otherwise.)
We have been thrilled to watch our Pinny (so much easier than saying young northern pintail drake each time) transition from his "baby feathers" to his adult magnificence. He is a duck with a lot of personality.
My Pinny Grows Up video is the result of three months of filming, and shows Pinny from Nov. 24, 2016, through March 17, 2017. It is set to music by Beethoven, the Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 38, performed by Paul Pitman and obtained from MusOpen.org, a royalty-free music source.
This group of photos shows the transition from youngster to adult with adult feathers. The pintail appeared in February, and is very visible in the fourth photo.
The following photos follow Pinny from Dec. 21, 2016, through March 17, 2017.