The little hen Ring-necked Duck that has lived here on the pond for several months now, has been joined by a drake. I am not sure if this pairing is going to be life-long as are most duck pairings but it looks promising. There had been a few bachelor drakes over on the nearby small private community lake so I think that this drake or male, is one of those. The drake is black and white and the hen is brown. They both have a white ring around the tip of their blue-grey bill.
I hope the couple are happy and stay together though the nesting season. Ring-necked Ducks are migratory ducks so they will be heading up North quite soon. They will nest in the Northern U.S.A. or in Canada.These ducks are diving ducks but mostly eat aquatic plants. They also will enjoy aquatic snails and any worms near the pond’s shoreline. I am quite pleased to have taken these pictures in my yard on March 14, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!