Lesser Scaup Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks; Blue-winged Teal Ducks; Hooded Merganser Ducks; Lesser Scaup Ducks; Mallard Ducks, and Northern Shoveler Ducks are all seen at various times each year here in The Villages, Florida! I also have frequently seen our native Florida Mottled Ducks and Muscovy Ducks.
On vary rare occasions, other kinds of ducks such as Gadwalls; Red-heads; Wood Ducks, and my favorite, the little Bufflehead Ducks, can sometimes show up, too. I just love all of them! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that particular photo. Enjoy!
Drake Mallard Duck
Northern Shoveler Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling Duck and Ducklings
Drake Hooded Merganser Duck
Blue-winged Teal Ducks
Hen Hooded Merganser Duck
Migratory and native ducks alike are seen here in The Villages, Florida during the Winter months. Lesser Scaups, Hooded Mergansers, Ring-necked Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mallards, and even farm ducks like the Muscovy Ducks and Tufted Ducks are here. Occasionally seen also are the Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Bufflehead, and Widgeons. I have yet to get a good photo of those breeds.
We have a lot of small lakes and golf ponds in our lovely community where the ducks happily forage for their meals. The Diving Ducks are a lot more wary of people. The Mallards, Mottled Ducks, Muscovy and Tufted Ducks are happy on the shoreline as well as in the water. The other breeds are mostly on or in the water day and night. The diving ducks are mostly meat-eaters and the dabblers are pretty happy with seeds, plants, insects, worms, tadpoles, and tiny fish.
It is quite fun to see the big variety of ducks here in the Winter season! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Mottled Ducks are native to Florida and I have been seeing more and more of these lovely dabbling ducks around my area. A few days ago, we had some rain and a small rainfall retention basin next to our local public high school athletic fields flooded. I was pleasantly surprised to see a small flock of the Florida Mottled Ducks happily paddling and resting on this tiny temporary pond.
The visit by these ducks happened at a great time as school was not in session due to the Thanksgiving holiday break. This little basin also is completely fenced off with a six-foot chain link fence. I happened to drive past the basin three days later and saw it was nearly completely dry. I took these pictures on Friday, November 28, 2014 here in Marion County, Florida, very early on a cold 40 degree F. morning. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!