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Park Ducks at Lake Mira Mar in The Villages, FL

 

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These are a few of the ducks I spotted at Lake Mira Mar in The Villages, Fl recently.  They are Mottled Ducks, and hybrid Mallard Ducks.  The Mallards may be a cross between Mottled and Mallard as well as a cross between Mallard and Muscovy.  They seem to be sweet happy ducks.

I enjoy seeing the ducks waddling around on the lawns or paddling in the small lakes and even the man-made stream that runs from the plaza to the lake.  Occasionally (Winter) some white Pekin Ducks or wild ducks such as Lesser Scaups, Hooded Mergansers, or even Green Teal join in the fun at this pleasant park and lake area.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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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

New Scenes From the Ranch Pond

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A Blue Wing Teal Duck, a pair of Mottled Ducks, several Cattle Egrets, a herd of Cattle, and a pair of Sand Hill Cranes were all spotted at or close to the horse farm or ranch pond in Northwestern Marion County, FL, where I have often spotted wildlife in the past.  The Cattle are now grazing in the pasture where the larger pond is located at.

I was surprised about the Cattle and the Teal Duck as both were newly seen there.  I took the pictures of the cranes at another much smaller pond on that same ranch but just down the road about an eighth mile.  I took the pictures on Jan. 5, 2015 from the side of the road.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

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Pond Bird Extravaganza!

Wood Storks

Wood Storks

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

Sand Hill Cranes

Sand Hill Cranes

Wood Storks, Sand Hill Cranes, a Great Egret, Hooded Mergansers, a Pied-billed Grebe, a Little Blue Heron, and a small flock of Florida Mottled Ducks all were spotted at the ranch pond where I have been occasionally sighting wildlife.  This pond is located in a very rural area in Northwest Marion County, Florida.  I have to take the photographs from the roadway, over the ranch’s boundary fence.  Good thing I have that long lens!

I am thrilled to have seen the pair of Wood Storks, as they are not often spotted in this area.  The Wood Storks are beautiful and odd-looking all at the same time.   I took these pictures on December 16, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Mottled Ducks/Hybrid Mottled Duck

Mottled Ducks/Hybrid Mottled Duck

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

 

Great Egret, Wood Storks, Hooded Mergansers

Great Egret, Wood Storks, Hooded Mergansers

Mottled Ducks

Mottled Ducks

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Mottled Ducks on a Cloudy Sunday

DSC_5570Mottled Ducks are Florida’s ducks.  I enjoy seeing these cousins of the popular Mallard Ducks.  This small flock was happily exploring one of the horse ranch ponds we have been watching in the Northwestern part of Marion County, Florida, near Ocala.  I have been seeing Anhinga, Great Egret, Sand Hill Crane, White Ibis, the Mottled Ducks, and a Great Blue Heron at this pond.  Quite an interesting place for birding.  I took these pictures on Sunday, November 9, 2014.

The Mottled Ducks are dabbling ducks and eat insects, and grains mostly.  They tip their heads into the water of ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshy areas, to try to find food or they forage on the shorelines.   I think they are interesting ducks and enjoy seeing them.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Happy Veteran’s Day.  A big thank you to all who have served in the military.

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Views of a Ranch Pond

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A flock of Mottled Duck hens, a juvenile American White Ibis, an Anhinga, a Great Egret, and a small shorebird, were all spotted at a local Ocala horse ranch pond on November 4, 2014.  I took these pictures from the road and used my long lens as the pond was quite a ways from the pavement.  This particular pond was just down the road from where I had seen the Wild Turkey a bit earlier.

I had to look at my photographs on the computer to actually tell that there was a very young Ibis there at that pond.  I also was startled by a Great Blue Heron in the tree right above my head.  That heron quickly flew off  before I could get any pictures.   Florida will soon be receiving many more migratory birds visiting for our very mild Winter climate.  I look forward to seeing these birds in coming weeks!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!

 

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