Here are some photographs I took of ducks including the ever-so-cute, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (flock in flight) at Paradise Park in The Villages, Florida, on Monday evening at dusk. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Mallard and Mottled Hybrid Ducks
Whistlers (Black-bellied Whistling Ducks), Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, Florida Mottled Ducks, and yes, a lone Lesser Scaup duck, were all spotted this past week here in ponds and lakes in my area. I am seeing more and more small flocks of migrating ducks around lately.
I have been told that more will be arriving including my very favorite, the Buffleheads! I sure will be happy if I get to see some of those around the area’s small lakes and ponds! I usually go out bird watching with the camera at about dusk as that is when I have more free time. I hope you enjoy seeing these beautiful ducks as much as I do. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger image. Enjoy!
Black Bellied Whistling Ducks
Whistlers, Mottled Ducks, Mallard Ducks, with Common Cormorants and an American White Ibis
A Lesser Scaup Duck
A flock of Hooded Merganser Ducks
A drake Mallard Duck
This foursome of hen Mallard Ducks were happily paddling in a larger and deeper version of the rainfall collection basins that are scattered around the neighborhoods in this development. This basin is just off of one of the golf courses and is in a still-to-be-built neighborhood here. The hens are a streaky tan with blue patches on their wings and have a yellow-orange bill, legs and feet.
These hens likely are young adults and will find a handsome drake to pair-up with soon. There are not too many ducks here in this development but we are about eight miles from a small river and there is a large lake and another river about twenty-five miles from our community. Among a few other things, Mallards eat insects, tadpoles, grains of several kinds, and a several types of water plants. Mallard Ducks fly well and dabble shallowly, mostly in fresh water. By the way, sometimes ducks that seem to be Mallard Ducks are actually not pure-bred and are hybrids between Mallards and say, Black Ducks or other similar-looking breeds of duck. I took these pictures on July 6, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This drake Mallard Duck was poking around and nosing in and out of the reeds and bull rushes along the opposite side of the pond from my home. I spent a few moments watching it go in and out of the brushy cover. After awhile, I noticed that along with the drake or male, there also was the hen nestled among the bent reeds. I think that there are perhaps seven Mallard Ducks on the pond here. I took these pictures on a very cold day on Jan. 18, 2013 from my front porch. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
While out near the pond I saw a small turtle basking on a rock at the opposite shore of the pond from where I was at. It is the first turtle I have seen in the year I have lived here. It is illegal for Tennesseans to own turtles as pets but OK for turtles to live in the wild in ponds, lakes, rivers and streams. I also saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker, several Canada Geese, a Mourning Dove, an American Robin, an Eastern Bluebird, and a House Finch. I also saw to my absolute happiness, a pair of Mallard Ducks on the pond. I have missed seeing ducks here in recent weeks and am very happy to have seen this pair. Hopefully these ducks are scouts and more ducks will be on the way here soon. I took these pictures on Sept. 21, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.
Here are some of my recently taken photographs of birds on the wing. I took all of the pictures except the one of the Blue Jay, from my own back yard. The larger birds and geese are much easier to take pictures of than that Swallow. The birds and waterfowl in these pictures are: Wood Ducks, Mallard Ducks, a Swallow, a Blue Jay, and Canada Geese. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!