Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are among the group of Florida Mottled Ducks at a small lake near the Spanish Springs Square area of The Villages, Florida. The lake is home to a variety of waterfowl, and wading birds. There is abundant food in the water so this lake has become popular with the ducks. I often go this lake to watch all the action and photograph the birds, ducks, and geese.
Sometimes ducks will start a second family of the year in Summer. If you look carefully, you will see an adult Whistler (Pink bill and brown head) at the front of the line of Whistler ducklings. I took these pictures on August 27, 2015. These ducklings have a blue bill which later turns pink as they grow to adults. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the very slightly larger image. Enjoy!