A mixed flock of pintail, wigeon and ringneck ducks ease their way through an unfrozen winter pond. Ringneck ducks are diving ducks that frequently visit the same shallower habitat that other dabbling ducks visit. Dabbling ducks are aptly named as the tip up to feed like the female pintail in this painting. They are unable to dive great depths because their feet are located in more of a forward position on their bodies. This also enables them to jump straight off the water when startled. Ringneck ducks need to run to take off.