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Mixed Waterfowl

 

Hooded Merganser ducks

Hooded Mergansers, and Double-crested Cormorants were spotted at the pond in the Silverlake Community Center’s small park area here in The Villages, FL this past week.  I also spotted a small flock of Lesser Scaup ducks at the nearby Lake Paradise right at Paradise Park in The Villages.

I just am wowed by the huge variety of water birds we have here in The Villages during the winter months!  This bunch of scaups have become used to people and behave like typical park ducks begging for, and receiving hand-outs (please do not feed bread to ducks as it is not the healthiest for them).  Someone was flinging bread cubes to the seagulls and the ducks rushed over to get in on that action.

Most wild ducks are very wary of people so this behavior of coming near the shore when people are around is unusual in migratory birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Drake (male) Lesser Scaup

Double-crested Cormorant

A pair of Lesser Scaup ducks

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Comments on: "Mixed Waterfowl" (4)

  1. Nice shot of the pair of Scoups!

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, thanks! Those particular birds came almost at the shore and were distracted by the bread croutons being thrown out to the gulls by the visitor. So, that is the reason for those close-up shots! I try to get while the getting’ is good! Ha! Have a great day!

  2. Hello, great sightings of the waterfowl. I like the Scaups. Enjoy your day!

    • Hi Eileen, I also like those Scaups. Our local little lakes are really full right now due to recent rains. It also has been chilly and very windy so birding is harder at the moment. I try to get out a few days each week to take some snapshots. I hope to have a great day today in spite of our weather. Thanks and same to you! I so appreciate your comments here!

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