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Whistlers & Mergansers



Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and Hooded Merganser Ducks have been around in the local ponds and small lakes here.  I enjoy watching both but tend to be really wowed by the brown, black and white cuties with their vivid pink bills (you know which I mean).  Yes, the ducks here are charming!  The Hooded Mergansers are migratory here while the whistlers may be local to the region.

The Hooded Mergansers are diving ducks and fish by diving down to catch small fish, frogs, tadpoles, crayfish, large aquatic snails, small tender turtles or larger aquatic insects.  The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are more open to eating both meat and vegetation.  They are like their cousins the Mallards in that aspect.  Both of these ducks are excellent fliers!

I took these pictures here in my neighborhood and in a nearby neighborhood during the last several weeks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Merry Christmas!  I won’t be posting on Friday but will catch up on Saturday.  See you then!

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Comments on: "Whistlers & Mergansers" (8)

  1. Merry Christmas, wildlifewatcher, and have a wonderful Holiday Season!

  2. Hello, The love the Mergansers but the Whistling Ducks will always be my favorite duck. They are so darn cute. Have a happy Wednesday.. Merry Christmas!

  3. the hoodies are awesome, but you’re right, the whistlers are just too cute and quirky and entertaining. 🙂

    • Hi Tex, I have a lot of fun seeing all this duck and bird action. I live about a mile from the little park lake and adjacent pond. Great to see the resident (for the Winter anyway) whistler flock do its thing. Glad you have a pond where the whistlers can also be enjoyed! Have a tremendous day!

  4. Hi, I always enjoy your bird pictures even though I don’t comment as much as I used to… Love love love the Whistlers….

    Merry Christmas to you and yours…We dodged a huge storm system last night… Three are dead in TN –but things are fine here…


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