These Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, and Florida Mottled Ducks (Mallard Ducks with a few White Ibises were also in the crowd) were photographed yesterday at Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!
Likely a hybrid Florida Mottled and Mallard Duck
These ducks are Florida Mottled Ducks and hybrid Mallard/Fl Mottled Ducks. I took these pictures on Sept. 7, 2016 at a small private park lake, Lake Paradise, located in The Villages, FL. I took these pictures at Swartz Park and also at Paradise Park. Many times in the late afternoon or early evening, I see ducks at the tiny Swartz Park, on the gazebo/parking lot side. By the way, there sometimes are Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (Whistlers) at that location.
Florida Mottled Ducks and Mallards both are dabbing ducks. They tip their heads down into the water while they search the shallows of lakes, streams, and ponds for various types of aquatic insects and small aquatic animals. These ducks also enjoy eating grain.
The male or drake Mottled Duck has a bright yellow bill. Both genders of the Florida Mottled Duck resemble a hen Black Duck or a hen Mallard a bit. The Florida Mottled Ducks and Mallard Ducks often will interbreed so one can see a hybrid which resembles the Mallard, but is not quite fully Mallard in looks. I always enjoy watching ducks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version. Enjoy!
Little Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
I took these pictures this past Saturday during the early evening, at little Paradise Lake in The Villages, Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Florida Mottled Duck
Florida Mottled Ducklings have been spotted here in The Villages, Florida at a small parkland pond on Morse Ave. near Live Oaks Park (on the golf cart path side). By the way, I saw an amazing number of different types of water birds such as a Great Blue Heron, a white phase Little Blue Heron, a small flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a pair of Sandhill Cranes and a Glossy Ibis in addition to the mama Florida Mottled Duck and her youngsters at this pond!
My husband and I spent a really fabulous few moments at the pond taking pictures and then we were on our way home (did not want to disturb the birds who were feeding). I so enjoy bird watching here in my community! I took these pictures on Saturday, April 30, 2016 late in the afternoon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Some of the other water birds I saw at the pond!
I was in the right place at the right time. The lovely Florida Mottled Ducks and that Tri-colored Heron were the stars of the show last night in the twilight. I took the pictures at two small lakes across the highway from one another on July 23, 2015 in Lake County, Florida. The Tri-colored Heron was up on the side of a low arched street bridge over one of the lakes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph. Enjoy!
Snowy Egret and Florida Mottled Ducks
Over-heated Common Crows
Eastern Blue Jay Perched on a Fence
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Florida Mottled Duck
Older Juvenile American White Ibises
Male Downy Woodpecker
It is likely a House Finch that is attempting to use a decorative nest as it’s own. (Edited caption)
These songbirds and ducks were spotted in the last few days in the housing development where I live. I am greeted each morning with bird song! Such a nice thing to happen. By the way, the crow shown above, was drinking a few drops of water out of the rain gutter on top of the roof. Of course, I also enjoy the ducks but they are really just come and go visitors here. We do also have rabbits and squirrels around here but I seldom see the bunnies out.
The ducks are a pair of Florida Mottled Ducks that are trying to set up a nest at the larger rainfall retention pond next to the health club. I sure hope for their sake that this rainfall retention basin pond actually gets to stay wet. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Have a great coming week and enjoy!