Mottled Ducks and Whistling Ducks were seen at a couple of ponds here in The Villages last week and also a couple of weeks ago. These ducks live at our ponds here all year around and are wild ducks. They eat pond insects, small tadpoles, tiny fish, grains and seeds.
The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are the one with the gorgeous pink bill and feet. The Florida Mottled Ducks resemble their cousins the Mallard Ducks and the Black Ducks. In fact, there are many hybrid Mallard Mottles here. Florida tries to keep the population of wild Mallard Ducks very low to help prevent inter-breeding. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image of the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks to see the slightly larger version of the picture. I took these pictures early last evening at two spots on a local lake. Enjoy!
I spotted this lovely family of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at the Lake Okahumpka County Park in Sumter County, FL near The Villages, on Sunday, August 26, 2018. The juvenile whistlers have a bluish bill and similar colored feet and legs. As they approach adulthood, their bill, legs and feet turn bright pink. The ducklings were feeding while one of the parents stood guard against any predators.
Whistling Ducks are tipping ducks as you can see in several of the pictures. The ducks lean into the water and use their bill to scrape around the mud and water to find any tasty bits of insects, fish eggs, tadpoles, snails, frogs and smaller fish. They also will eat vegetation and seeds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
These Black-bellied Whistling Ducks flew over Schwartz Park on Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL, a couple of days ago late in the afternoon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Just some random photographs I took in December of the many Black-bellied Whistling Ducks on Lake Paradise, here in The Villages, FL. I am happy to report that we did get a little rain last night which will certainly be welcome as we have been in a drought.
Lake Paradise, a local park lake, is rapidly drying up and the views from Boone and Swartz Park are mostly of mud flat lake bottom now. The main part of our lake still has water but fewer birds (lots of fish have been eaten by pelicans, herons, egrets, ducks, cormorants and sea gulls). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph. Enjoy!
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, or “Whistlers” are such cuties I just had to share a few snapshots I took at a little parkland pond here in The Villages, FL, last Saturday afternoon. The pond is the same one that I spotted the Florida Mottled Duck ducklings at.
Whistlers, as you may imagine, do not quack but do whistle. They have a pretty pink bill with the same shade of pink on their legs and feet. Both genders pretty much look the same. These ducks are a bit like the Mallards in that they eat aquatic plants, insects, tiny fish, tiny frogs, and grains. This bunch is likely local and not migratory ducks here. It is always fun to see the Whistling Ducks! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Enjoying the looted bird seed (and the squirrels will likely get the blame!)
Black-bellied Whistling Duck are among the favorite ducks here on the blog. No wonder – “Whistlers” are just cute fun ducks! They exude a charm with their pink bills and feet. They have real personality!
I took these pictures at Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida, this past weekend. I noticed that the home under construction at the pond end of this small lake (connected by an under-street culvert to the main body of water) was not being worked on at that moment, so I went along the shoreline beside that lot and took some long-distance pictures of the Whistlers.
Fun to note is that on the shoreline of the main lake, a homeowner has a bird feeder set up on a pole in their backyard. The Whistlers really are clever! My husband saw one of the Whistlers fly up and peck at the feeder and behold, a shower of bird seed came down. I waited but I did not catch this act at all. Those are intelligent little cuties, for sure! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photo. As ever, I hope you enjoy seeing the Black-bellied Whistlers!
A Group Approaches a Pond-side Backyard -Begging with a Potential Hand-out in Mind???
Coming in for a Pond Landing (to possibly enjoy the Duck-Chow Party?)
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!
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!
Whistling Ducks are charming, handsome, and downright cute ducks! I took these pictures in Lake County, Florida a few weeks ago. A small flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (That is their full unscientific name) are here all year around while other flocks come and go, migrating to our warm Winter climate seasonally. The Whistlers are usually found around our larger marshes and lakes and not around the smaller park ponds in this area of Lake County. Too much hustle and bustle and competition from the numerous Mottled Ducks and Ibises. Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger picture.
Here are the answers to Monday’s little quiz: A. Black-bellied Whistling Ducks. B. Hooded Mergansers. C. Mourning Dove. D. Northern Mockingbird or Mockingbird. E. Florida Mottled Ducks or Mottled Ducks. F. White Ibis or American White Ibis (a juvenile). G. Wood Stork. H. Great Horned Owls (these are babies or Owlets). I hope you enjoyed playing the game!