Black Bellied Whistling Ducks make their home at several local ponds and lakes here in The Villages, Florida. These lovely brown and tan ducks with pink bills and feet are seen waddling around the grassy banks feeding on worms, grubs, and seeds. These ducks also feed on aquatic insects, smaller tadpoles and some aquatic snails.
The “Whistlers” are similar to the Mallards and Mottled Ducks in their feeding habits. They tip their heads into the water to find food in the shallows and mud. I really enjoy seeing the ducks and hearing their whistles – they do not quack. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Wood Ducks came to call on April 21, 2012. This is the first time I have seen a flock here. Usually I see four or five but more likely just a trio. The big flock was a pleasant surprise. Notice that most of these ducks are drakes or males. The drakes are the colorful ones with brown, green, orange, blue, black, white and red feathers. A walking rainbow! The hens are cocoa brown and white with black accents. Both are smaller ducks. They whistle-quack. They nest in trees and have long toenails on webbed feet. Wood Ducks like eating insects both aquatic and land-based. They are very shy ducks and live in our area of Cumberland County, TN, year around. I am very happy to have seen these beautiful ducks! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!