The Ring-Necked Ducks have been here for a couple of months. They are migratory diving ducks. The hens are resident here on the little farm pond with the drakes hanging out on the nearby private community lake. Ring-necked hens are a gorgeous sable and light brown color. They have a white ring around their blue bills. The drakes are black and white and also have a ring around their blue bills. These ducks eat aquatic snails, insects and aquatic plants. By the way, I have noticed that these small ducks are very fast paddlers. They really speed past the much larger Mallards on the pond. I took these pictures in the last two weeks here in the yard and from the street in front of my driveway. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
February 10, 2012