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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

Winter Migrant Ducks

Mallard Ducks

 

Hooded Mergansers, Mottled Ducks, Mallard Ducks, Lesser Scaup Ducks, and Northern Shoveler Ducks are all frequent visitors here in The Villages, FL during the Winter months.  We also occasionally see Green or Blue Winged Teal Ducks, Northern Shoveler Ducks, and rarely, the Ring-necked Ducks and Wood Ducks.  I am always happy to see these pretty ducks here!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  I will have a brief post on Wednesday.  Enjoy!

Lesser Scaup Ducks

Northern Shoveler Ducks

Mottled Ducks

 

 

 

Drake Hooded Merganser

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Hen Hooded Merganser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Pond Ducks: Florida Mottled Ducks, Mallard Ducks, Hybrids

Last evening I did a bit of bird watching at Paradise Lake, Lake Mira-mar, and the Golf View Lake here in The Villages, Florida where I spotted many wild ducks.  Most of the ducks were the native wild Florida Mottled Ducks, Mottled and Mallard hybrid ducks and a few Mallard Ducks.

All of these are dabbling ducks that tip their head into the water to grab small insects, worms and aquatic plants to eat.  These ducks are here all year around.  They are enjoying our many small ponds and lakes and have made themselves quite at home here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

Florida Mottled Ducks & Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Mottled Ducks and Whistling Ducks were seen at a couple of ponds here in The Villages last week and also a couple of weeks ago.  These ducks live at our ponds here all year around and are wild ducks.  They eat pond insects, small tadpoles, tiny fish, grains and seeds.

The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are the one with the gorgeous pink bill and feet.  The Florida Mottled Ducks resemble their cousins the Mallard Ducks and the Black Ducks.  In fact, there are many hybrid Mallard Mottles here.  Florida tries to keep the population of wild Mallard Ducks very low to help prevent inter-breeding.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

Some of Our Wild Ducks

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

Wordless Wednesday: Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

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

Whistlers on Wednesday: Paradise Lake

I spotted this cute pair of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Schwartz Park on Lake Paradise in The Villages, Fl last evening at about 6:00pm.  I spotted the two ducks waddling down the slope of a lake-front back yard to the lake to sip some water and then slowly waddle back up that same yard to the shrubbery.  I am thinking the pair are nesting in the bushes.  I always enjoy seeing these cute brown and pink ducks!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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