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Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

Whistlers as these ducks are also known, are charming and beautiful wild ducks.  They have a blue bill and feet as ducklings which turn a vivid pink as adults.  Black Bellied Whistling ducks are a rich cinnamon brown with black and white feather accents.  They actually don’t quack but do emit a whistle sound to communicate.

These whistling ducks sit on the grassy shoreline quite a bit but do venture into the water from time to time and tip down into the shallow water to hunt for aquatic worms, insects, snails and aquatic plants.  They also eat seeds, grasses, fruits and terrestrial insects snails and worms they can find fairly close to the water’s edge.  Black Bellied Whistling ducks are both migratory and native here in Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Central Florida Ducks

Florida Mottled Ducks

Here are some of the commonly seen ducks here in The Villages during the Winter and early Spring months (some do stay all year long).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Blue-winged Teal Ducks

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Mallard Ducks

 

 

Northern Shoveler Ducks

Lesser Scaup Ducks

Mallard Ducks

Almost Wordless Wildlife

Mallard Ducks

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each of these photos I recently took here in The Villages, Florida.  Enjoy!

Belted Kingfisher

American White Pelicans & Sea Gulls

Snowy Egrets & Double-crested Cormorants

 

Drake Lesser Scaup Duck

White Ibis

Anhinga

Various Water Birds Around the Community

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes; Great Egrets; Great Blue Herons; White Pelicans; Mallard Ducks; Canada Geese; and Anhingas have all been regularly spotted each Winter, here on our small ponds and lakes in The Villages, Florida.  It is always a treat to go out and do a bit of bird watching!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Egret

Canada Goose, Mallard Ducks, Great Egret

Great Blue Heron

 

 

White Pelicans

Anhinga

White Pelicans

Water Birds Around The Villages, FL

White Ibis

Migratory ducks, pelicans, cormorants, cranes and more have been spotted here in The Villages, FL, in the last several weeks.  So exciting to drive a few miles and visit several ponds teeming with wildlife!  Most of our small ponds, lakes, and prairie marshes, have at least a few exotic birds hanging out along the shoreline, so chances are great you will have a successful outing while bird watching!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Bald Eagle

Great Egret

 

Northern Shoveler Ducks

 

Double-crestedCormorants, egrets, white Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Wood Storks

Sandhill Cranes

White Pelican

Winter Migrant Ducks

Mallard Ducks

 

Hooded Mergansers, Mottled Ducks, Mallard Ducks, Lesser Scaup Ducks, and Northern Shoveler Ducks are all frequent visitors here in The Villages, FL during the Winter months.  We also occasionally see Green or Blue Winged Teal Ducks, Northern Shoveler Ducks, and rarely, the Ring-necked Ducks and Wood Ducks.  I am always happy to see these pretty ducks here!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  I will have a brief post on Wednesday.  Enjoy!

Lesser Scaup Ducks

Northern Shoveler Ducks

Mottled Ducks

 

 

 

Drake Hooded Merganser

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Hen Hooded Merganser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Bellied “Whistlers”

 

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!

Various Birds & Waterfowl

White Pelicans at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course Driving Range Pond

There are photographs I recently took here in The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Mottled Ducks at the Freedom Pointe Lakes

Wood Storks & White Pelicans at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Driving Range Pond

Great Blue Heron at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Pond

 

Turkey Vultures & Great Egrets at the Freedom Pointe Lakes

Crows at the  Freedom Pointe Lakes

Tai-Colored Heron, Mottled Ducks at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Driving Range Pond

Wordless Whistlers on Wednesday

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

 

Birds and Scenic Views of Kerr Scott Lake, Wilksboro, North Carolina

Bald Eagle on the deserted swimming beach at Kerr Scott Lake

A Bald Eagle was seen on a deserted swimming beach at the lovely Kerr Scott Lake near Wilksboro, North Carolina last week at dusk.  This Army Corps of Engineers lake is a beautiful spot with a nice campground and the swimming beach park across the lake (that beach park was only open during the Summer).  I also spotted a trio of friendly domestic ducks happily paddling around and about five Eastern Bluebirds flitting around catching insects for their meal.  So nice!

We also went up to the Blue Ridge Parkway which is one of the most beautiful highways I have been on.  No, we did not take our 28′ Fifth Wheel trailer up there!  Too winding and narrow.  That parkway has mowed grass on both shoulders and is one lane each way.

The Blue Ridge Parkway runs through mixed hardwood and coniferous forests and has several  areas with parking lots and lovely picnic tables and other park features.  There also are overlooks which add to the scenic value.  A wonderful experience even if we only drove about 6 miles on that road (about 1/2 hour from Wilksboro, N.C.).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Eastern Bluebird

Scenic Elk Mountain Overlook, The Blue Ridge Parkway

Scenic view of Lake Kerr Scott, Wilksboro, NC

 

Friendly domesticated farm ducks in the lake

Eastern Bluebird

Bluebird with insect

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