Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are fantastic and really pretty ducks! I so enjoy spotting these cinnamon brown, black, white, and pink ducks. They are amusing to watch as they are social and bunch up. They whistle instead of quacking so it is pretty easy to tell that they are around. Not many other types of ducks whistle.
I took these pictures in the last two weeks. The picture of the ducks in flight was taken at a local park in Lake County, Florida at twilight. The pictures of the whistlers on the banks of a pond were taken at a backyard pond in Northwestern Marion County, Florida near several large horse farms.
I believe these particular birds are Florida resident ducks. Some flocks of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks do come down from up North for the Winter so I will likely see more of these pleasant ducks in coming weeks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger image. Enjoy!