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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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A Surprise Visit by Hooded Merganser Ducks!

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Two pairs of Hooded Mergansers came to visit my immediate neighborhood yesterday afternoon which surprised and delighted me no end!  The migratory ducks were swimming in the large rainfall retention basin pond, (newly filled with storm water) located two blocks down from my home here in Marion County, Florida.

The ducks likely would not find very much to eat in that basin these days due to the pond having been previously almost totally dried up in recent weeks (big storms for past two days replenished the basin’s water).   In fact, this area usually looks like a sunken lawn.  Hooded Mergansers like eating fish, frogs, and aquatic insects and worms.  Perhaps this foursome did get some small insects or worms for their meal.  I hope so.

By the way, the hens are the ones with the fuzzy-looking brown crest on top of their head.  I had been hoping to see some ducks here in Florida and was especially excited to see some so close to home!  I took these pictures at about 4:00PM yesterday (Jan. 14, 2014) here on my street (hiding behind a Camellia bush!).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Waterfowl Here This Winter, Part 2

Red Head Ducks

Wood Ducks, Red Head Ducks, Mallard Ducks, and the Hooded Merganser Ducks are the ducks featured in today’s post.  The Wood Ducks and Mallard Ducks are all year around resident ducks here on our lake and on several other small lakes nearby.  The Wood Ducks here are just a few, maybe ten at most and those are fairly spread out on the 101 acre lake.  These Wood Ducks are among the most beautiful of all the ducks.  The drake has much more color.  The Red-Head Ducks are winter visitors and are quite few in number.  I did not see a full flock but just four or five ducks.  A Red-Head drake has the crimson red colored head.  The Red-Head hen is a light brown color over all.  The Red-Head Ducks were in a very large group of Ring Necked Ducks and were here during the last week of December through the first few weeks of January.  I took the photograph of the Red-Head Ducks on Jan. 13, 2011.

The Hooded Merganser Ducks are diving ducks and have that very unusual feathered hood that can be raised and lowered by the duck at will.  The Hooded Merganser females are a rich chestnut-brown color.  The Mergansers were here on the lake about a month ago.   I took the pictures of the Wood Ducks last week and the Mallard Ducks two days ago.  By the way, the newest backyard visitor is an Opossum that my husband saw in the very early hours this morning.  One of these days I’ll snap a few pictures of these nocturnal visitors.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

Drake Mallard Duck

Hen Mallard

Mallard Ducks

Hen Wood Duck

Wood Ducks

Drake Wood Duck

Hen Hooded Merganser Ducks

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