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Central Florida Ducks

Florida Mottled Ducks

Here are some of the commonly seen ducks here in The Villages during the Winter and early Spring months (some do stay all year long).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Blue-winged Teal Ducks

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Mallard Ducks

 

 

Northern Shoveler Ducks

Lesser Scaup Ducks

Mallard Ducks

Ducks & Ten Years!

 

Hen Bufflehead Duck

 

Seldom seen ducks such as Pintails, Blue Winged Teal, and a lone Bufflehead (my favorite duck), were here in The Villages, FL, on December 26, 2019 in the Northern areas of the community (Souliere Villas ponds and Lopez Legacy Golf Driving Range pond).  Other ducks such as Whistlers were seen at Lake Mira-mar and at the little Glenview Country Club ponds on Buena Vista at El Camino.

I can’t believe it is now the Tenth Anniversary of this blog!  Wow!  A big thank you to all who enjoy these posts!

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the pictures.  Happy New Year to everyone!

Mallards & Canada Geese

Pintail Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

 

Pintail Ducks

Northern Shoveler Ducks

Hen Bufflehead Duck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos of Ducks, The Lunar Eclipse, and Birds

Ring-necked Ducks

Migratory ducks, a lone songbird, and some wading birds are among the birds and waterfowl and full Lunar Eclipse, I have spotted in recent weeks here in The Villages, FL.

I tend to visit the smaller ponds and lakes here which are pretty easy to get to in our golf cart.  Many have multi-modal (golf carts, bicycles and pedestrians) path access.  I really appreciate being able to observe the wildlife without disturbing the birds.

We have wading birds, song birds, migratory ducks, Canada and Egyptian geese, and the usual Cotton-tailed Rabbits and squirrels, occasional Coyotes, Bobcats, and Foxes and the very rare Black Bear here.  Most of the birds, ducks, waders, geese, and squirrels are pretty easy to spot.  Usually there is something of interest to observe and photograph when the weather cooperates (I’ve added in the photo I took of the Moon just because). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron

Ring-billed Gull

 

 

 

The Recent Lunar Eclipse

Northern Shovelers and a Ringed-bill Gull

A Palm Warbler

Wordless Wednesday: Winter Waterbirds

Great Egret in breeding plumage

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White Pelicans

Canada Geese

Great Blue Heron in breeding plumage

 

Double-crested Cormorant

Tri-colored Heron with Seagull

Northern Shoveler Ducks

Merry Migratory Ducks

Lesser Scaup Ducks

Hooded Mergansers, Northern Shovelers, Mallards, and Lesser Scaup Ducks are all here in The Villages, Florida right now.  I was out and about bird watching at a few local small lakes and golf course ponds and saw many small flocks of these migratory Winter visitors.

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and an outstanding New Year in 2019!

Northern Shoveler Ducks

Mallard Ducks

Northern Shoveler Drake (male)

 

Hen Mallard Duck

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Lesser Scaup (left) and a pair of Hooded Mergansers

Migratory Ducks

Northern Shoveler Ducks

Northern Shoveler Ducks; Hooded Merganser Ducks; and Lesser Scaup Ducks are here in The Villages, FL on various small lakes and ponds.  It is so much fun to see our Winter visitors!

The Scaups and Northern Shovelers mostly eat aquatic vegetation, seeds and grains as they are dabbling or tipping ducks.  These ducks tip their head down into the water to feed on aquatic plants.  The Hooded Mergansers dive under the water to catch fish frogs, tadpoles, crayfish, aquatic worms, and tender small frogs.  The Hooded Mergansers mostly paddle or float on the water when not hunting, while some of the other ducks rest on the immediate shoreline during some part of the day.

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Lesser Scaup Ducks, (drakes in black & white)

Lesser Scaups, Hooded Mergansers and a Double-crested Cormorant

Waterfowl Wednesday: Northern Shovelers

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These Northern Shoveler Ducks were gathered together in a tight circle at a little pond near the Polo Ridge neighborhood of The Villages, Florida on Feb. 18, 2017.  The ducks were hunting for food.  They circle together ’round and ’round creating a whirlpool in the pond which traps their food and they also dip their big bills into the water to catch their food and filter it with their bill.   The Shovelers eat aquatic plants, and aquatic snails, small aquatic insects and small aquatic animals such as frogs, tadpoles and tiny fish.  Mostly they are plant eating ducks.  The Northern Shoveler is a “Dabbling duck”.

The Northern Shoveler drakes here were mostly tried-colored (blueish-black, white and rusty brown) and the hens were brown and black (the hens resemble Black Duck or Mallard hens).  The main distinctive feature about these ducks is their bill.  The Northern Shoveler’s bill is huge and flared at the tip – it does look like a shovel!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Northern Shoveler Ducks

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Northern Shoveler Ducks were spotted a few weeks ago with the huge flock of White Pelicans, Seagulls, and Double Crested Cormorants at a local golf course water hazard pond.  The Northern Shovelers have that distinctive long broad shovel-like bill.  They are medium-sized ducks and are migratory here.

Drakes are often brighter in color than the hens, and most drakes have a darker head that is often greenish brown or greenish purple.  The ducks use their big bills to dabble in the mud for insects, worms, snails, and vegetation.  They are quite similar to the Mallards in their feeding habits. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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A Wild Time at the Golf Course Water Hazard!

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White Pelicans, a Sandhill Crane, Northern Shoveler Ducks, a Great Egret, Double Crested Cormorants and Lesser Yellowlegs all joined the mob of Seagulls in the fray trying to find a lunch meal at a local golf course water hazard pond.  I estimate that there were well over one hundred White Pelicans in two big groups there in the large pond.  That Sandhill Crane landed right in front of a home with statues of large wading birds!  How fun!

Additionally, I spotted a male Boat-tailed Grackle perched on the roof of our car!  I took these pictures on January 17, 2016 at the Belle Glade Golf Course pond in The Villages, Florida.  I was there at the pond on a shoreline knoll, observing for about twenty minutes, and had such a great time seeing all the action!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Migratory Northern Shoveler Ducks Arrive

Yesterday I noticed a small flock of about fifteen Northern Shoveler Ducks here on the lake.  This is the first time I have ever seen these fascinating dabbler Ducks.  The Northern Shoveler Duck has a very large slightly spoon-shaped bill.  The drake is beautifully colored with a white chest , cinnamon rust brown sides and dark brown, nearly black wings with slightly white edges.  The bill is dark brownish-blue, in color.  The head of the male or drake is dark with an almost purple sheen to it.  The diet of the Northern Shoveler Duck is largely made up of plant seeds and small aquatic invertebrates.

I was surprised to see a group of several Blue-winged Teal Ducks paddling along with the Northern Shovelers.  The diet of both kinds of ducks are very similar.  The Blue-winged Teal is the smaller duck with the white crescent on its head and throat.  Both the female or hen Northern Shovelers and Blue-winged Teal Ducks look very similar but the Teals are smaller.  The females both look very much like Mallard hens and also like Black Duck hens.  There were a few American Coots (black in color) mixed in with the ducks.  I was very happy to have seen these gorgeous migratory visitors.  They will be on their way North soon.  By the way,  I will be posting some pictures of the Blue-winged Teal Ducks here soon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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