Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, or “Whistlers” are extremely cute ducks! I saw a small flock of the whistlers at a local park lake last evening at dusk. The bunch of ducks were on the shore at the Veteran’s Park in The Villages, Florida, near the Spanish Springs town square. Such cuties!
The whistlers were at the park with some Chinese white geese, some Mallard Ducks, Common Coots, mixed breed ducks, and a lone Muscovy Duck. I enjoy seeing all the various kinds of waterfowl, wading birds and other critters at all of the small lakes and ponds here in my new community! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This duo of River Otters was spotted fishing and swimming in a spring-fed pond in the Blue Run of Dunellon, Marion County Park in Dunellon, Florida. This pond is very close to the Withlacoochie River. The park has easy, flat nature trails next to this pond, and is the major take-out spot on the river for kayakers and float tubers in Dunellon. It is a very busy place in the Summer and on weekends. When we were there yesterday, there was only one other car in the parking lot.
These River Otters eat large numbers of fish. The pond at this park seems offer a lot of small perch and perhaps some catfish as well. There also are always waterfowl eggs, frogs, and turtles for the nourishment of the Otters as well. I was thrilled to see these Otters which were on the opposite shoreline from where I was. I am glad I had the long lens! I took these pictures yesterday afternoon (Jan. 9, 2013). It had been sprinkling a bit but the rain had stopped by the time we started our nature walk. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!