Migratory and native ducks alike are seen here in The Villages, Florida during the Winter months. Lesser Scaups, Hooded Mergansers, Ring-necked Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mallards, and even farm ducks like the Muscovy Ducks and Tufted Ducks are here. Occasionally seen also are the Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Bufflehead, and Widgeons. I have yet to get a good photo of those breeds.
We have a lot of small lakes and golf ponds in our lovely community where the ducks happily forage for their meals. The Diving Ducks are a lot more wary of people. The Mallards, Mottled Ducks, Muscovy and Tufted Ducks are happy on the shoreline as well as in the water. The other breeds are mostly on or in the water day and night. The diving ducks are mostly meat-eaters and the dabblers are pretty happy with seeds, plants, insects, worms, tadpoles, and tiny fish.
It is quite fun to see the big variety of ducks here in the Winter season! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!