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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

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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 Favorite Ducks

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These Bufflehead Ducks were on both a small pond-sized lake and also on the larger lake in my former neighborhood in Cumberland County, Tennessee.  The drake is the white and black one and the hen is the charcoal-grey and white one.  They are very small diving ducks.  These ducks are also very wary of people.  The single drake was on the small lake and the pair was on the large lake.  I was happy to catch the pair in flight.

The Bufflehead Ducks are migratory Winter visitors to Tennessee.  They are found in many places throughout North America during the late Spring through the end of Summer.  These ducks were here with the Red-head Ducks and behave in similar ways.  They mostly eat aquatic plants but also will enjoy aquatic insects.  I took these pictures from the street and from the dock at my lake house on March 4, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

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More on the Pond Ducks

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A group of four Mallard Ducks reluctantly joined that lone Bufflehead drake a week ago on the little farm pond.  The drake Bufflehead spotted the much larger Mallard Ducks and wanted to say hello.  I wish I could say that the Mallards were hospitable, but basically they just acknowledged the presence of the little white and black duck and then ignored it.  The ducks did spend a moment doing some preening or grooming their feathers.  That preening is very important as the feathers must stay clean in order to help the ducks float and also stay warm.  I took these pictures last week in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

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A Lone Visitor

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This little drake Bufflehead Duck visited the pond here on February 14, 2013 when I snapped these pictures.  This is the first time a Bufflehead Duck has been at the pond this season.  I did not see any other Buffleheads with this particular one.  The Buffleheads are diving ducks.  They are smaller than a lot of other ducks and have a white and black coloration.  The drakes are white and black with the hens being dark charcoal grayish-black and white.  Hen Bufflehead Ducks are almost a perfect opposite of the drakes.

The big problem for these attractive ducks is that they happen to be a favorite food of several large raptors, primarily Bald Eagles!  It is a good thing that they can stay underwater for a good length of time in their dives.  For a long time while I watched this drake Bufflehead, it was the only duck out on the water of the pond.  After awhile, I did see a quartet of Mallards come out and paddle around.  The Bufflehead approached the larger Mallards, but they did not seem too receptive of socializing with the white and black duck.  I took these pictures in my yard on Valentine’s Day.  Please click on the thumbnail image 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!

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