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Today’s spotlight is on the drakes and the flock of Ring-Necked Ducks as a whole.  The flock is composed of seven drakes or males, and just two hens (at least those were all I spotted).  The drakes are black and white.  They have a white ring around the tip of their grey-ish black bill.  They also have a bit of white at the base of their bill.  Their sides, and chest white, with a u shaped, wide, white”ring” around their shoulders and the back of the neck.  The back is black.  Ring-Necked Ducks also have yellow eyes and up-turned tail feathering.

The Ring-Necked ducks are pretty much vegetarians.   They are diving ducks and will dive down for those tasty underwater plants.  They sometimes will eat worms and aquatic snails but this is rare.  The Ring-Necked Ducks are migratory winter visitors here in Cumberland County, TN where I live.  They enjoy calm waters on farm ponds, quiet smaller lakes, and the slower current areas of the marshes on the big rivers.  I am happy to have taken these pictures in my yard on February 21, 2012 and February 22, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Ring-Necked Ducks, Part 2 of 2" (10)

  1. TexWisGirl said:

    the males are so handsome – james bond-like in their tuxedos. but i feel for those 2 hens!

    • Hi TexWisGirl, I think that you are a keen observer of the wildlife! By the way, your own blog post today was such fun – I recommend all to read it! Have a wonderful day!

  2. Wow, they are so pretty! I have never seen one.

    • Hi Ginny, These are brilliant black and white or a lovely sable brown! I admire them when I see them! I sure hope you’ll get to see these ducks at some point. Have a great Sunday tomorrow!

  3. Very pretty ducks! They are supposed to be year-round residents in western Montana, but I seldom see them here. I’d guess that yours come in on either the Mississippi of Atlantic Flyways and probably nest in Canada.

    • Hi Montucky, I think you are right – likely Mississippi flyway but then again, Atlantic could just be it. I think that some of the ducks do tolerate my presence if I am still – unless a goose sounds the alarm and then well, the ducks just paddle away quickly. Geese are great watch sentinels for the waterfowl. Have a wonderful Sunday tomorrow!

  4. Very striking waterfowl! They’re on the move here in Ohio too, always fun to see them.

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