Today’s focus is on the hen or female, Ring-Necked Duck. There is now a small flock of about nine Ring-Necked Ducks here on the pond with the resident Mallards. I think the hen pictured here, who showed up several days back, may have been the advanced scout duck for her flock. The beautiful hen is a rich deep brown with lighter brown around the sides and a thick horseshoe shaped “ring” around the neck. The blue bill also has a white ring around it near its tip. These diving ducks eat aquatic plants, seeds, root bulbs
I just love going outside or sitting in my living room and seeing the ducks on the pond! I took these pictures from the shoreline of the pond on February 21, 2012. I was behind the tree and when the duck surfaced, she made a bee-line away when she spotted me. No harm done and I got a nice set of close-ups. I’ll be discussing the rest of the flock of Ring-Necked Ducks tomorrow. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!