Ring-necked Ducks have been here on our private community lake in Cumberland County, TN, several times this Winter. I am not sure if these are among a group of Ring-necked Ducks that had been here last month. It is possible that the Ring-necked Ducks may be visiting several different nearby lakes and coming and going between them. Who knows? Even though I only counted nine Ring-necked Ducks in this group, it may be that there were other Ring-necked Ducks on our lake that I couldn’t see.
The male or drake is the one with the black and white feathers. The female or hen, is brown with a darker brown on her back. Both genders has a white ring around their bill. The female can be confused with similar looking Lesser Scaup Ducks, Red-Head Ducks, and with Ruddy Ducks if the viewer is not being careful. All have similar body coloring. The Ring-necked Duck is a diving duck and loves eating aquatic plants, and small aquatic animals. I took these pictures yesterday, March 21, 2011. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!