Mottled Ducks are native to Florida and I have been seeing more and more of these lovely dabbling ducks around my area. A few days ago, we had some rain and a small rainfall retention basin next to our local public high school athletic fields flooded. I was pleasantly surprised to see a small flock of the Florida Mottled Ducks happily paddling and resting on this tiny temporary pond.
The visit by these ducks happened at a great time as school was not in session due to the Thanksgiving holiday break. This little basin also is completely fenced off with a six-foot chain link fence. I happened to drive past the basin three days later and saw it was nearly completely dry. I took these pictures on Friday, November 28, 2014 here in Marion County, Florida, very early on a cold 40 degree F. morning. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!