A Belted Kingfisher, White Pelicans, Sea Gulls, Muscovy Ducks, and Canada Geese were all spotted on Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL, on January 7, 2017. This little neighborhood lake has a few more inches of water in it since we got a good soaking rain yesterday and the night before last. I am so very glad! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A few white domestic Pekin Ducks, a lone Mallard drake, and a bunch of hybrid mixes (likely Muscovy and Pekin or Mallard and Pekin) were all happily strolling around the peaceful shoreline of the pond end of Lake Miramar at the Veteran’s Park in The Villages, Florida, near Spanish Springs Square.
I spotted the ducks late in the afternoon this past Sunday. Several ducks were resting under the Rhododendron bushes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version. Enjoy!
Muscovy Ducks and a Pekin Duck were all spotted at Tuscawilla Park lake in Ocala, Florida on Sept. 24, 2015. The Muscovy Ducks and Pekin Ducks are both domestic farm breeds. These ducks probably flew away from farm or ranch ponds in the area or are descendants of previous generations of ducks that did. The Muscovy is a very unusual-looking duck and it has a distinct fleshy growth on its head, called a “Wattle”. I was happy to see Muscovy ducklings at the park as well as the adults.
The white duck is the Pekin Duck. There were only a few of the Pekin Ducks at the lake, and really only just a few wading birds there during this visit. This lake is jammed-packed with water fowl and wading birds in February! It is quite the sight. I previously photographed many birds at this same lake this last Winter. Please click on the thumbnail image to see a very slightly larger version of that same photo. Enjoy!
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 Hen
Florida Mottled Ducks
These Muscovy Ducks were friendly residents of the shoreline of a body of water quite close to Juliette, GA on Highway 18. I think that this body of water is a large dammed section of the river but it also could be a small segment of Lake Juliette. I am not sure. These ducks have had a lot of visitors feeding them over the years, I think.
My husband and I were the only people visiting the small park’s dirt parking lot, just off the highway early one evening at about 6:00pm, and boy, the ducks were sure interested in us! The ducks begged but we did not have anything to offer so they got the message and waddled off. These are often farm ducks and I think the pair may have been offspring of escapees from a nearby farm.
This area of Georgia is lush and oh-so-beautiful! Juliette, GA is where the 1991 movie, “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” was filmed. We were only there for about a half-hour as we were RV camping for the night in Forsythe, GA, about 20 miles away. We were on-route from FL to TN on that particular trip earlier this Summer. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! Have a great and safe Labor Day holiday today.
A Mute Swan was spotted at a small pond at the Central Florida College, in Ocala, Florida, on March 12, 2014. My husband and I were driving down the busy road in front of the college when I spotted the gorgeous white swan! It is unusual to see a swan in this area. The swan was paddling around the pond trying to find pond vegetation to eat. After finishing our early supper downtown, we drove past the campus about an hour later. I saw the swan nibbling on the lawn about fifteen feet from the highway! I didn’t have a camera with me, and was unable get back to the campus the next day.
I returned to the college on Friday, with camera strapped on my neck, but the swan was gone. I did however, see a pair of Muscovy Ducks and took several pictures of them. While Muscovy Ducks are mostly domestic farm ducks, there are also wild flocks. Muscovies are a mottled black, brown, and white and have a lot of red flesh on their faces. The drakes have the brighter and larger fleshy red areas on their faces. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!