Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are sweeties! Yes, I just love these ducks that have real personality and gorgeous looks. I spotted a beautiful family of mother father and ducklings at the decorative pond in front of the Glenview Country Club in The Villages, Florida on Monday afternoon. I also have seen these ducks at the Freedom Point lakes on the Morse Blvd. side near the multi-modal pathway. By the way, the ducklings now have blue bills and feet which will eventually turn coral pink as they mature. Both drakes and hens look very similar. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.
I spotted this lovely family of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at the Lake Okahumpka County Park in Sumter County, FL near The Villages, on Sunday, August 26, 2018. The juvenile whistlers have a bluish bill and similar colored feet and legs. As they approach adulthood, their bill, legs and feet turn bright pink. The ducklings were feeding while one of the parents stood guard against any predators.
Whistling Ducks are tipping ducks as you can see in several of the pictures. The ducks lean into the water and use their bill to scrape around the mud and water to find any tasty bits of insects, fish eggs, tadpoles, snails, frogs and smaller fish. They also will eat vegetation and seeds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Just some random photographs I took in December of the many Black-bellied Whistling Ducks on Lake Paradise, here in The Villages, FL. I am happy to report that we did get a little rain last night which will certainly be welcome as we have been in a drought.
Lake Paradise, a local park lake, is rapidly drying up and the views from Boone and Swartz Park are mostly of mud flat lake bottom now. The main part of our lake still has water but fewer birds (lots of fish have been eaten by pelicans, herons, egrets, ducks, cormorants and sea gulls). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph. Enjoy!
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are such cute ducks that I just had to post a few new pictures that I took in the last week or so. I really enjoy seeing the “Whistlers” here in The Villages, Florida, in the various little lakes and ponds.
There are several older juveniles in the Paradise Lake flock that amuse me. These teenaged ducks fly around an awful lot. Juvenile whistlers have the bluish bill and feet while adult Black-bellied Whistling Ducks have a pink bill and feet. The adults are patient and basically paddle or sit contentedly on the shore near the water.
We are seeing more and more ducks here. I even spotted a hen Bufflehead the other day! So glad! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!