This small flock of Black-bellied “Whistlers” was happily hanging out at a small backyard pond in Northwestern Marion County, Florida when I came by and snapped these pictures. This pond is out in horse country and is a shared facility between several homes. I took the pictures from the side of the road. I snuck up on the pair above to get this rather close-up photo with my long lens (I stayed far enough away from the birds so as not to disturb them as much as possible).
I have taken pictures near this pond before and have frequently spotted Canada Geese, a Great Blue Heron and various ducks. I was absolutely thrilled to spot the flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks. I believe this particular flock of the ducks are native here in Florida and are not migratory. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!