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Ducks & Ten Years!

 

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Seldom seen ducks such as Pintails, Blue Winged Teal, and a lone Bufflehead (my favorite duck), were here in The Villages, FL, on December 26, 2019 in the Northern areas of the community (Souliere Villas ponds and Lopez Legacy Golf Driving Range pond).  Other ducks such as Whistlers were seen at Lake Mira-mar and at the little Glenview Country Club ponds on Buena Vista at El Camino.

I can’t believe it is now the Tenth Anniversary of this blog!  Wow!  A big thank you to all who enjoy these posts!

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the pictures.  Happy New Year to everyone!

Mallards & Canada Geese

Pintail Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

 

Pintail Ducks

Northern Shoveler Ducks

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Another Waterbird Extravaganza!

Great Blue Heron, Great Egrets, Snowy Egret, ducks

Great Blue Heron, Great Egrets, Snowy Egret, ducks

Five Great Blue Herons, White Pelicans, Great Egrets, Snowy Egret, ducks, Cormorants

Five Great Blue Herons, White Pelicans, Great Egrets, Snowy Egret, ducks, Cormorants

White Pelicans, Double Crested Cormorants

White Pelicans, Double Crested Cormorants

 

 

Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, American White Pelicans, Double Crested Cormorants, Snowy Egrets, Canada Geese, what looks like a rarely seen Snow Goose, White Ibises, Bufflehead Ducks, Mallard Ducks, an Osprey, Seagulls, and a few Lesser Scaup Ducks were all spotted yesterday afternoon at a wonderful little private park lake, Lake Paradise, at Paradise Park in The Villages, Florida.

Seeing all the numerous birds is very pleasant and is similar to what I used to see at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, Florida.  Mostly the crowd of birds are migratory Winter visitors.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Hen Bufflehead Duck

Hen Bufflehead Duck

Probably what is a Snow Goose???

Probably what is a Snow Goose???

Osprey (Sea Eagle or Sea Hawk)

Osprey (Sea Eagle or Sea Hawk)

 

Mallard Ducks

Mallard Ducks

Great Egrets, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret

Great Egrets, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret

Drake (male) Bufflehead Duck

Drake (male) Bufflehead Duck

Just Duckie!

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Hen Mallard Duck

Hen Mallard Duck

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Here are some of the ducks that have been here in my area in the last week or so.  I have spotted a flock of Hooded Mergansers, the ever-present Mallard Ducks, a lot of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a few Lesser Scaup Ducks, and at least two Bufflehead Ducks!  Quite the bunch.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Hen Mallard Duck

Hen Mallard Duck

 

 

 

Hen Bufflehead Duck

Hen Bufflehead Duck

Lesser Scaup Ducks

Lesser Scaup Ducks

Mallard Ducks

Mallard Ducks

An Amazing Sight!

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A gathering of Common Cormorants, Great and Snowy Egrets, White Pelicans, and Wood Storks, all in a small cove end of a large pond was an amazing sight to see!  I spotted the groups of big birds in a pond connected by a large pipe to the small neighborhood lake here.

This pond is ringed only by homes and has no public access.  I took the pictures from the street at a tiny park, a long way from where the birds were.  I am thankful that my long 150-500 lens could get the pictures.  this is a secret spot, where the birds can relax away from people for the most part.  I took the pictures at dusk on Dec. 7, 2015.  The pond has a large fountain going at full blast where the White Pelicans and many of the Common Cormorants were paddling slowly.  I also saw to my great happiness, a couple of Bufflehead Ducks!  They are my favorite ducks!  Please click on the thumbnail images to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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My Very Favorite Ducks Here

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Bufflehead Ducks are my favorite ducks.  Don’t ask me why but I really love these little black and dark charcoal grey ducks.  The drakes are largely white with black accents and the hess are a reverse with the white being the accent color.  The drakes also have a small hood of white feathered, loose skin that they can raise or lower.  They use this hood to attract females or signal alert or danger.  Buffleheads are migratory Winter visitors here in Cumberland County, TN.  These ducks have just arrived.  They are diving ducks and eat small aquatic mollusks, insects, and tiny fish.  They are extremely wary of people.

I startled this flock yesterday at a local private lake a few miles from my home.  Hopefully we will see a few Buffleheads here at the little farm pond later this Winter.  I took these pictures on Nov. 23, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Photographs of Bufflehead Ducks From Last Winter

Bufflehead Ducks are Winter visitors here on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.  I took these pictures  last Winter (2011) at the Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville, TN, and also on Lake Tansi, an area near Crossville, TN.  The Bufflehead Ducks are my favorite ducks.  They are wary of people.  They are also difficult for me to take pictures of.  They tend to congregate in remote spots on the lakes.

The drake is the  one with white and dark iridescent  purplish-black, and flashes of green.  The hen is charcoal grey with beige and white accents.  The genders mirror each other in color.  They are diving ducks and eat smaller aquatic animals.  The drake can raise the white feathers on its head at times.  These small ducks migrate here for the Winter from way up North in the Mid-western U.S. and also in Canada.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

The Hooded Mergansers are Back!

On Friday, February 10, 2012, I was out looking at the pond and saw a pair of Hooded Mergansers out on the water.  The diving mergansers love to swim under the surface and catch small fish, aquatic insects, turtles and snails.  They are very beautiful migratory waterfowl.  The male is mostly black, a golden-light brown, and white with a white hooded crest that it can raise or lower over his black head.  The hen is a cinnamon sable brown with black and white areas.  Both genders have long pointed dark brown bills.

I also saw a hen Bufflehead duck paddling with the mergansers.  There were several Mallard ducks, a pair of Ring-necked ducks, and a pair of Canada Geese here at the same time, too.  We had Hooded Mergansers here a couple of months back.  I wonder if these are those same ducks on the reverse trip of their migration?  Perhaps so.  They are wonderful to watch.  It has been quite cold here with a touch of snow on Friday night.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

AFTERNOON UP-DATE:  It’s snowing and 19 degrees out today so I am arm-chair wildlife watching through the windows.  I spotted about ten Hooded Mergansers on the pond this afternoon.  It seems like the pair in today’s post (I took the pictures yesterday) were the “advance scouts”.  –  Wildlifewatcher

My Favorite Little Duck

Yes, what a banner day I had yesterday seeing all the wildlife!  In addition to the Sand Hill Cranes, birds, and geese, I also saw a pair of Bufflehead Ducks!  I get tickled by seeing these tiny diving ducks.  The males are white with a blue-black patch on their face,  head, neck and back.  The female or hen is almost an opposite being dark charcoal grey-brown with a white patch on the head and underside up the flanks and neck.

The Buffleheads are especially shy ducks.  Because the pair were paddling around on the nearby private community lake, I had to shoot these photographs from the street above.  This location is just across from my driveway.  I don’t have access to the shoreline of the lake because we are not residents of the resort that owns the lake. The Buffleheads are migratory visitors here in Cumberland County.  They are just here for the winter months.  I am always absolutely thrilled to see the Bufflehead ducks.  I took these pictures yesterday afternoon.   Please click on the thumbnail image.  Enjoy!

A Pair of Bufflehead Ducks on the Pond

My favorite of the ducks came to call yesterday afternoon here on pond.  I am really happy to have had these handsome little diving ducks here.  They are so beautiful with their white and black on the male and purple-black and white on the female.  So lovely.  They are very hard for me to photograph as they stay far from people and often dive under the water to avoid being seen.  The Buffleheads are here in the Winter months as migratory visitors.

The pond here is quite close to the community lake, a larger private pond and three other private lakes.  The ducks have a good number of bodies of water on which to paddle explore rest and stay.  By the way,  the brown ducks pictured with the drake Bufflehead, I think were Gadwalls and a Black Duck.  There is also the resident Great Blue Heron standing in the background in one of the shots.   I am just so glad to have had the Buffleheads here!  I took these pictures on 1/15/12 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Bufflehead Ducks on the Big Lake

I live a few miles from a large private lake here in Cumberland County, TN.  Since I am not a property owner at this lake community, I had to take these pictures from the car on public streets near the shore.  I took these pictures yesterday afternoon.  Glad to note that our weather is much improved.   I am very fond of the little Bufflehead Ducks.  Bufflehead Ducks are migratory visitors here in Cumberland County and are here in the Winter months.  I always have a harder time taking pictures of these ducks as they are diving ducks and are extremely wary of people.

Bufflehead drakes or males, are the ones that are white with black accents along the back and eyes.  The hens are nearly the reverse in their color scheme with black or charcoal gray bodies and white around the eyes.  The Buffleheads are often seen with the American Coots.  I always get thrilled when I spot Bufflehead Ducks and I do hope some will be visiting the pond or at least the neighborhood lake nearby.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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