Florida Mottled Ducks are around in many ponds and lakes here in The Villages, Florida these days. I also have seen a few hybrid Florida Mottled and Mallard ducks here too. Like their cousins the Mallards, Mottled ducks are social and talkative, with a bit softer quack than the more rowdy Mallards.
Mottled Ducks also look quite like a female or hen Mallard or even a Black Duck. These ducks are tipping ducks that tip their head under water slightly to grab passing food. Of course, they also eat insects, small reptiles and frogs and grains or seeds on the shoreline on occasion. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A Great Blue Heron, a small flock of Florida Mottled Ducks, and a Great Egret in flight were all spotted from the shore of the lovely little Schwartz Park on Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL on Wednesday late in the afternoon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the image. Enjoy!
The Florida Mottled Ducklings have made their appearance on lovely little Lake Paradise here in The Villages, FL in recent days. I took these photographs from Schwartz Park last Friday. These ducks are native here in Florida and are very similar to the Mallard Ducks.
The little ducklings are adorable and are still in a very tight single file formation behind their mother. As the ducklings grow, they will venture farther away from mother. I enjoy watching all the baby waterfowl here on our lakes and ponds. It has been very rainy so it is hit or miss whether or not I can get out to do much bird watching. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
This photo was taken at Freedom Pointe lake in The Villages, FL, on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger photo of the Mottled Ducklings. Enjoy!
A trio of Cooter Turtles, a pair of Florida Mottled Ducks, a Monarch Butterfly, a Fence Lizard, a Carolina Wren and a couple of Great Egrets (not shown here due to blurry rainy pictures) were all spotted on Sunday, April 15, 2018 in the afternoon at the lovely Fenney Springs Nature Trail and Spanish Moss Park in The Village of Fenney in The Villages, FL.
The Fenney area is among the most recently developed areas of The Villages, and it has an especially beautiful regional park! The springs are a natural area with added man-made ponds among the fields and Live Oaks. The park has a lovely accessible boardwalk nature trail. There also are a few well-placed picnic tables in the grassy area slightly away from the boardwalk and close to the rear pond. There seemed to be a good amount of parking available for cars and carts, too. We had to cut our quick visit short due to thunderstorms. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Mallard and Hybrid Mallard Mottled Ducks
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Hybrid Male Mallard and Florida Mottled Duck
Lesser Scaup Drake (male)
A trio of Florida Mottled Ducks, a Wood Stork with a Great Egret, and a hunting Snowy Egret were all spotted at the lovely Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida. I spotted these at Boone Park and at Schwartz Park, which is right around the corner basically, from Boone Park. Both small pocket parks have a nice viewing area and the water at Boone has filled in nicely after the drought.
This is a neighborhood residential lake with three parks on it. The larger park of the trio is Paradise Park. I often go to this lake to watch for larger birds. I also occasionally spot Sandhill Cranes such as the trio I photographed in flight above the adjacent neighborhood. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Wood Stork and Great Egret
Florida Mottled Ducks