Mottled Ducks are Florida’s ducks. I enjoy seeing these cousins of the popular Mallard Ducks. This small flock was happily exploring one of the horse ranch ponds we have been watching in the Northwestern part of Marion County, Florida, near Ocala. I have been seeing Anhinga, Great Egret, Sand Hill Crane, White Ibis, the Mottled Ducks, and a Great Blue Heron at this pond. Quite an interesting place for birding. I took these pictures on Sunday, November 9, 2014.
The Mottled Ducks are dabbling ducks and eat insects, and grains mostly. They tip their heads into the water of ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshy areas, to try to find food or they forage on the shorelines. I think they are interesting ducks and enjoy seeing them. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
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