Lots of Ring-necked Ducks visit lakes and ponds in Cumberland County, Tennessee in the Winter months. I took these photographs in 2010. The drakes are tuxedo-marked black and white. The hens are a rich light brown and tan. These ducks have a ring on their bills but also have a very faint white ring deep in the crease of their neck. This neck ring is seldom visible.
The Ring-necked Ducks are diving ducks and eat lots of aquatic plants as well as some insects. It was a lot of fun to duck-watch back when I lived on the small man-made fishing lake where I took these photographs. It is one of the things I am missing here in Florida. I have only rarely seen ducks here in Marion County and I have only seen small groups of ducks and no large flocks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!