Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are found at several of the small lakes and ponds here in The Villages, FL. These are wild ducks but have become used to living around people in the parks and backyards near the lakes. The Whistlers communicate via whistling calls instead of quacking like many other ducks to. The Whistlers are probably nesting now or will be soon.
This small group was relaxing on the shoreline of Lake Paradise as seen from across the lake from Schwartz Park. I took these pictures on Monday evening at dusk. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This flock of Glossy Ibis were hanging out on the side of a freshwater marsh and golf course area here in The Villages, FL early this evening at about 5:00pm. This is the first time I have ever seen these two types of birds together. I also have never seen so many Glossy Ibis in one spot. These birds are a dark mahogany brown with blue-green accents and are oh-so-pretty! The Glossy Ibis’ feathers really shine in a metallic way when in breeding plumage (now).
The ducks are nearly the same color as the ibis. I also saw a scant few Mallards and some crows there too. A beautiful pair of Sandhill Cranes (photographs will be posted here in coming days) joined in the feeding frenzy. There must have been some really tasty stuff there – perhaps duck chow grain from a neighbor? Who can say. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of these photographs of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL, that I took yesterday. Enjoy!
These Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, or “Whistlers” were spotted here in The Villages, FL in a grassy area just coming out of a golf cart tunnel near Lake Sumter and Morse. I took the pictures at about 6:00pm last night. These are such cheery cute ducks that I always enjoy seeing them. The small flock was grazing on tasty insects as the grass had just recently been cut and it had rained a little earlier in the day. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL
I have selected favorite photographs I have taken in Florida in the last three years to share here today. I tend to love Wood Storks, all the different woodpeckers, assorted ducks, and the various herons and egret,s the best! I hope you will like seeing these old favorites!
Wood Stork in The Villages, FL
A Little Blue Heron in The Villages, FL
A Green Heron in Dunellon, FL
A Great Egret in Breeding Plumage, The Villages,
Snowy Egret, The Villages, FL
A Pileated Woodpecker, Ocala, FL
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are such cute ducks that I just had to post a few new pictures that I took in the last week or so. I really enjoy seeing the “Whistlers” here in The Villages, Florida, in the various little lakes and ponds.
There are several older juveniles in the Paradise Lake flock that amuse me. These teenaged ducks fly around an awful lot. Juvenile whistlers have the bluish bill and feet while adult Black-bellied Whistling Ducks have a pink bill and feet. The adults are patient and basically paddle or sit contentedly on the shore near the water.
We are seeing more and more ducks here. I even spotted a hen Bufflehead the other day! So glad! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
These Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, and Florida Mottled Ducks (Mallard Ducks with a few White Ibises were also in the crowd) were photographed yesterday at Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!