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 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!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
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!
Migratory and native ducks alike are seen here in The Villages, Florida during the Winter months. Lesser Scaups, Hooded Mergansers, Ring-necked Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mallards, and even farm ducks like the Muscovy Ducks and Tufted Ducks are here. Occasionally seen also are the Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Bufflehead, and Widgeons. I have yet to get a good photo of those breeds.
We have a lot of small lakes and golf ponds in our lovely community where the ducks happily forage for their meals. The Diving Ducks are a lot more wary of people. The Mallards, Mottled Ducks, Muscovy and Tufted Ducks are happy on the shoreline as well as in the water. The other breeds are mostly on or in the water day and night. The diving ducks are mostly meat-eaters and the dabblers are pretty happy with seeds, plants, insects, worms, tadpoles, and tiny fish.
It is quite fun to see the big variety of ducks here in the Winter season! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Drake Hooded Merganser Duck
Tai-Colored Herons, Wood Storks, Hooded Merganser Ducks, Sandhill Cranes, White Ibis, Double-Crested Cormorants, Anhingas, and many more large exotic birds are seen here in The Villages, Florida on and in our many ponds and small lakes. It also is not unusual to see a Great Egret strolling through the shrubbery on street parkways.
There are always many varieties of large and small birds around this community and its many neighborhoods to observe! It is such a pleasant hobby to go out bird watching! I am sure many of the readers here will agree! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo! Enjoy!
Anhinga Drying its Wings
Bald Eagles nesting in the high tension electric towers; Double-crested Cormorants perched on pilings in a pond; A Little Blue Heron on the hunt in a drainage ditch; a cute little Pied-billed Grebe; Ring-Necked and Lesser Scaup Ducks on a local golf pond; and a small flock of Mallard Ducks on the banks of Lake Paradise were all spotted last week in The Villages, Florida!
We have an amazing variety of birds here now. We get many migratory birds down from the Midwest and other regions of North America. Such fun to get out to our many ponds and small lakes to see what species has come to visit on any particular day! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Bald Eagle near it’s nest
Little Blue Heron
Ring-Necked and Lesser Scaup Ducks
Bald Eagle on it’s Nest