The old squaw. A beautiful and elegant looking bird with a voice that will surprise you. The males have the two characteristic tail feathers that put a pintail to shame. Long tailed ducks have the surprising ability to dive deeper than most other birds, and actually use their wings to push them deeper towards the bottom in search of crustaceans or sea grasses.
The long tail duck visits some of the islands and marshes of the Chesapeake during winter months. For years, we would visit a hunting lodge on a small marshy island near Blackwater National Refuge. Over the years, the habitat has been rapidly disappearing and many of the small islands which we visited are no longer there.
Long Tailed Duck
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