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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!

Comments on: "A Small Group of Ring-necked Ducks Visits" (6)

  1. Your lake is like a water fowl exhibit! How nice it is to have that so close! We have a lot of water fowl traffic here on the river, but it is very difficult to approach them close enough to get a good look, and they are for the most part very transient.

    • Hi Montucky, Well, if it makes you feel any better, I often have taken the tactic of hiding behind a curtain or the bar-b-que or the chimney and just putting the long lens out and hoping to get the shot before the ducks see me. Of course, the ducks that are far away are not an issue. Glad you have ducks there. Thanks for your great comments. Have a super day!

  2. I don’t see any rings around their necks!

    • Hi Ginny, You and I think alike! The males have a white line on their shoulders. That somewhat looks like a ring when the birds are sitting low in the water (at least that is the explanation I have read somewhere). They have though, a white ring around the bill almost at the tip. Go figure! Have a great day!

  3. Hi LInda, I’m so glad the Ring-Necks came back.. AND you got some great pictures of them. I like that last picture showing how different the male is from the female.


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