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Eufala National Wildlife Refuge Part 2 of 2

Great Egret

I was in Eufala, Alabama last week and visited the Lakepointe Resort State Park Campground and Eufala National Wildlife Refuge.  Here are some more photographs I took during this visit.  I loved spotting Kildeer, a lone male Northern Cardinal, a pair of Gadwall ducks, a flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a Northern Mockingbird, and several Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons.  It was a fun visit!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Northern Mockingbird

Gadwall Ducks

Male Northern Cardinal

 

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret with State Park Resort Hotel in the Background

Flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Flight

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Waterfowl at Lake Mira-mar in The Villages, FL

Today’s almost wordless Wednesday offering is view of the White Ibis flock, a Wood Stork with the White Ibis, Mallard/Mottled Duck hybrids, a couple of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a Great Egret, and a Canada Goose.  All were at the little Lake Mira-mar at Spanish Springs, The Villages, FL, a few days ago. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

Wordless Wednesday: A Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of these photographs of the Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, taken on July 20, 2019 in The Villages, FL at Lake Mira-mar.  As ever, I hope you enjoy these pictures!

Some of Our Wild Ducks

Lesser Scaup Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks; Blue-winged Teal Ducks; Hooded Merganser Ducks; Lesser Scaup Ducks; Mallard Ducks, and Northern Shoveler Ducks are all seen at various times each year here in The Villages, Florida!  I also have frequently seen our native Florida Mottled Ducks and Muscovy Ducks.

On vary rare occasions, other kinds of ducks such as Gadwalls; Red-heads; Wood Ducks, and my favorite, the little Bufflehead Ducks, can sometimes show up, too.  I just love all of them!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that particular photo.  Enjoy!

Drake Mallard Duck

Northern Shoveler Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Duck and Ducklings

 

Drake Hooded Merganser Duck

Blue-winged Teal Ducks

Hen Hooded Merganser Duck

Mallard Ducks

Mallard Ducks are commonly found here on ponds and lakes.  They are handsome social ducks but are not highly appreciated here in Florida as they interbreed with the native Mottled Ducks and create hybrids.  I have spotted these Mallard/Mottled Duck hybrids here.

One of the main characteristics of the Mallard Ducks is their loud quacking.  they are very vocal and call when flocking up, when trying to attract a female mate, and when alarmed.  These ducks have a true strong quack, quack, quack, unlike several other ducks that whistle, chirp or lightly quack.

The males have blue-green feathers on the top of their head and have a streaky tan-colored body with blue and white wing bars.  They also have orange feet and a yellow-green bill.  The hens are a streaky tan also with the blue and white wing bars, orange feet and yellow-green bill.

Please click on the the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

Wordless Wednesday: Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Almost Wordless Wednesday: The Whistlers!

Please click on the thumbnail image of the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  I took these pictures early last evening at two spots on a local lake.  Enjoy!

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