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Likely a Hybrid Florida Mottled Duck and Mallard Duck

Likely a hybrid Florida Mottled and Mallard Duck

These ducks are Florida Mottled Ducks and hybrid Mallard/Fl Mottled Ducks.  I took these pictures on Sept. 7, 2016 at a small private park lake, Lake Paradise, located in The Villages, FL.  I took these pictures at Swartz Park and also at Paradise Park.  Many times in the late afternoon or early evening, I see ducks at the tiny Swartz Park, on the gazebo/parking lot side.  By the way, there sometimes are Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (Whistlers) at that location.

Florida Mottled Ducks and Mallards both are dabbing ducks.  They tip their heads down into the water while they search the shallows of lakes, streams, and ponds for various types of aquatic insects and small aquatic animals.  These ducks also enjoy eating grain.

The male or drake Mottled Duck has a bright yellow bill.  Both genders of the Florida Mottled Duck resemble a hen Black Duck or a hen Mallard a bit.  The Florida Mottled Ducks and Mallard Ducks often will interbreed so one can see a hybrid which resembles the Mallard, but is not quite fully Mallard in looks.  I always enjoy watching ducks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version.  Enjoy!



Comments on: "Ducks at Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL" (4)

  1. i love to see dabblers. don’t see many of them here. too many whistlers and wood ducks, i guess. 🙂

  2. Hello, great shots of the ducks. I hope to see a good sighting of the Mottled Duck when I am in Florida again. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

  3. Very nice photos!

  4. Looks like a beautiful HYBRID duck…. That’s the JOYS I’m sure that it is living in Beautiful Florida… Be glad you are not here now.. We are in a horrible drought and the heat this summer has been HORRIBLE…. I am so ready for FALL….BUT–in some ways, it is already here since the leaves are just dying and falling off of the trees… Raking leaves has come early for me this Fall… ha

    I published a post this morning from our recent trip.

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