It's almost Christmas, and here in Florida we haven't had even a hint of winter weather--barely even a chill in the air. It's time like these that I miss the north. But then the time I go to Merritt Island, I feel at home again. It's a trade off, I suppose. I miss the genuine winter weather, but I get to see all the winter birds that come down to Florida to keep us company. Lately I've been seeing a lot of Northern Pintail. Usually I see them mixed in with other ducks and coots, but this pair decided to swim relatively close to shore and model for me.