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Mixed Waterfowl

 

Hooded Merganser ducks

Hooded Mergansers, and Double-crested Cormorants were spotted at the pond in the Silverlake Community Center’s small park area here in The Villages, FL this past week.  I also spotted a small flock of Lesser Scaup ducks at the nearby Lake Paradise right at Paradise Park in The Villages.

I just am wowed by the huge variety of water birds we have here in The Villages during the winter months!  This bunch of scaups have become used to people and behave like typical park ducks begging for, and receiving hand-outs (please do not feed bread to ducks as it is not the healthiest for them).  Someone was flinging bread cubes to the seagulls and the ducks rushed over to get in on that action.

Most wild ducks are very wary of people so this behavior of coming near the shore when people are around is unusual in migratory birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Drake (male) Lesser Scaup

Double-crested Cormorant

A pair of Lesser Scaup ducks

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Migrating Hooded Merganser Ducks

This small flock of Hooded Merganser Ducks arrived at Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL, earlier last week.  These are migrating ducks who are late Fall and Winter visitors to Florida.  The male or drake duck is the more colorful of the pair.  These ducks have a fold or hood of skin and feathers that the bird raises if alarmed or aroused.  That is why the ducks are named the way they are.

Hooded Mergansers are diving ducks that eat fish, frogs, larger tadpoles, baby alligators and larger aquatic insects.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Just Ducky!

Mallard Ducks (males)

Mallard Ducks (males)

Mallards, Black-bellied Whistlers, Ring-necked Ducks and Hooded Mergansers were all visitors here at the little Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL this last two weeks.  I took most of the pictures on December 11, 2016.

The Ring-necked Ducks and Hooded Mergansers are both diving ducks that eat fish, frogs, turtles, and larger aquatic insects.

The Whistlers and Mallards (also those Mottled Ducks around) eat both fish and plants.  They are tipping ducks that are most often seen with their tails up and heads down in the water when feeding in the water.  Mallards (and Mottled Ducks) and The Whistling Ducks seldom totally submerge.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

Whistlers

Whistlers

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks

 

Whistlers & Mergansers

 

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Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and Hooded Merganser Ducks have been around in the local ponds and small lakes here.  I enjoy watching both but tend to be really wowed by the brown, black and white cuties with their vivid pink bills (you know which I mean).  Yes, the ducks here are charming!  The Hooded Mergansers are migratory here while the whistlers may be local to the region.

The Hooded Mergansers are diving ducks and fish by diving down to catch small fish, frogs, tadpoles, crayfish, large aquatic snails, small tender turtles or larger aquatic insects.  The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are more open to eating both meat and vegetation.  They are like their cousins the Mallards in that aspect.  Both of these ducks are excellent fliers!

I took these pictures here in my neighborhood and in a nearby neighborhood during the last several weeks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Merry Christmas!  I won’t be posting on Friday but will catch up on Saturday.  See you then!

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Just Duckie!

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Hen Mallard Duck

Hen Mallard Duck

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Here are some of the ducks that have been here in my area in the last week or so.  I have spotted a flock of Hooded Mergansers, the ever-present Mallard Ducks, a lot of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a few Lesser Scaup Ducks, and at least two Bufflehead Ducks!  Quite the bunch.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Hen Mallard Duck

Hen Mallard Duck

 

 

 

Hen Bufflehead Duck

Hen Bufflehead Duck

Lesser Scaup Ducks

Lesser Scaup Ducks

Mallard Ducks

Mallard Ducks

Everything is Just Ducky!

 

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

 

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Here are some of the ducks I have spotted in the last several weeks in Marion County, Florida.  I saw all except the Florida Mottled Ducks at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala.  The small group of Mottled Ducks was spotted at one of the golf course rainfall retention ponds here in the development where I live.  The Musvovies and the Pekins are domestic (farm) ducks but the others are all wild ducks.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Muscovy Ducklings and Adult

Muscovy Ducklings and Hen

Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

 

Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks

Pekin Ducks

Pekin Ducks

Florida Mottled Ducks

Florida Mottled Ducks

Ducks on a Rainfall Basin

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There were Hooded Mergansers visiting one of the rainfall retention ponds here that still holds quite a lot of water.  Almost all of these ponds here in our development are now dry.  This pond is on the edge of the development near a small commercial area where there is a fitness center undergoing renovations.  This noisy and busy work is why there hardly ever are any of the wading birds or ducks around on that pond these days.

Seeing this pair of Hooded Mergansers was a treat.  Perhaps this pair is one of the two pairs I had seen a few weeks ago in the rainfall basin down the street from my home.  Who knows?  I took these pictures on Monday, February 17, 2014 at about 4:30pm.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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