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Mallard Ducks (males)

Mallard Ducks (males)

Mallards, Black-bellied Whistlers, Ring-necked Ducks and Hooded Mergansers were all visitors here at the little Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL this last two weeks.  I took most of the pictures on December 11, 2016.

The Ring-necked Ducks and Hooded Mergansers are both diving ducks that eat fish, frogs, turtles, and larger aquatic insects.

The Whistlers and Mallards (also those Mottled Ducks around) eat both fish and plants.  They are tipping ducks that are most often seen with their tails up and heads down in the water when feeding in the water.  Mallards (and Mottled Ducks) and The Whistling Ducks seldom totally submerge.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

Whistlers

Whistlers

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks

 

Almost Wordless Whistlers on Wednesday

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Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!  A reminder – the Black-bellied Whistling Duck juveniles have the bluish bill and feet while the adult ducks have pink bills and feet.  I snapped these pictures on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 on Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL.

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A Lake-shore Feeding Frenzy!

 

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Wood Storks; a Great Blue Heron; Great Egrets; Snowy Egrets; Double-crested Cormorants; Pied-billed Grebes; a Little Blue Heron and a small flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were all vying for a meal of tasty fish, tadpoles, frogs, small turtles; or larger aquatic insects in the lovely little Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL on Sunday, October 23, 2016.

This is quite an unusual sight to find so many varieties and numbers of wading birds all in one spot.  Most of these birds are migrating and are just stopping over to rest in the small welcoming lake.

In these feeding frenzies, I have seen it be common for the herons, egrets, and storks to follow what is happening with the cormorants in the water.  By the way, later in the day, I also saw a Tri-colored Heron at Swartz Park.

I took these pictures from Paradise Park and Swartz Park on the small private residential lake.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Pied-billed Grebes

Pied-billed Grebes

Wood Storks, Snowy Egret

Wood Storks, Snowy Egret

The Frenzy!

The Frenzy!

Water Birds, Waders, and Waterfowl

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Water is all around us here in lovely Florida!  I live in a county with many ponds and lakes.  Our community has many man-made park lakes and ponds.  Here are some of the beautiful big birds that visit the shores of these community lakes here in The Villages, Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy.

Note:  We will be having a hurricane (tropical cyclone or typhoon as it is called elsewhere) come by our state on Friday.  I live right in the center of the peninsula about 60 miles from the coastline.  If the weather is not terrible and we have power I will post as normal on Friday.  If not, well, there is a great reason.  I will let you know what happens around here (I do not expect it to be bad at all).

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Anhinga

Anhinga

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Almost Wordless Wed. – The Whistlers

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Here are more photographs of the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (from a week ago at Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that particular photo.  Enjoy!

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Waterfowl Wednesday: “Whistlers”

Adult Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Adult Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

These Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were photographed early last night at almost dusk, on Lake Paradise at Swartz Park and also at Boone Park, here in The Villages, Florida.

The ducklings were all in a line behind Mom and Dad.  Those babies are adorable with their dark blue-grey bills and feet.  Mom and Dad have the distinctive coral orange-pink bills and feet.  This family is among a small flock on the lake.

I think perhaps a resident offers duck chow but I do not know that for a fact.  I believe this flock was also here last year.  The “Whistlers” come and go from around The Villages, FL.  These ducks love eating aquatic insects, tiny fish, aquatic vegetation, tadpoles, worms, and of course, grain.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Adult Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Adult Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Adult Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Juvenile and Adult Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

The Whistler Family

The Whistler Family

Whistling Ducks

A family of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

A family of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

This Black-bellied Whistling Duck family at Paradise Park, in The Villages, FL, is quite cute.  The parents are the ones with the pink bills and pink feet.  The ducklings have blue-grey bills and feet that turn pink as they mature.  Such sweeties!  I took the pictures at dusk this last Sunday.  The ducks were quite a long way away from where I was located, so I am glad I had the zoom lens on my camera.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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