A Blue Wing Teal Duck, a pair of Mottled Ducks, several Cattle Egrets, a herd of Cattle, and a pair of Sand Hill Cranes were all spotted at or close to the horse farm or ranch pond in Northwestern Marion County, FL, where I have often spotted wildlife in the past. The Cattle are now grazing in the pasture where the larger pond is located at.
I was surprised about the Cattle and the Teal Duck as both were newly seen there. I took the pictures of the cranes at another much smaller pond on that same ranch but just down the road about an eighth mile. I took the pictures on Jan. 5, 2015 from the side of the road. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
A few Blue-winged Teal Ducks were here on the 101 acre private community lake in beautiful Cumberland County, TN a couple of days ago with the Northern Shoveler Ducks. The group was here visiting on their way to their home waters. The Blue-winged Teal Ducks are dabbling ducks and eat seeds, insects, invertebrates and small aquatic life. They are pretty ducks. The males or drakes have a distinctive vertical crescent of white on their cheeks. The females look like small Mallard hens or even small versions of the hen Shovelers without the large bill. The Blue-winged Teal ducks have a white square on the wing with dark tail feathers. They also have their namesake teal blue feather section on the wings. The flock has moved on now, but I sure enjoyed seeing them. I took these pictures from my deck on April 9, 2010. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photo. Enjoy!