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An Almost Wordless Waterfowl Wednesday


Here are some photographs I took of ducks including the ever-so-cute, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (flock in flight) at Paradise Park in The Villages, Florida, on Monday evening at dusk.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Mallard and Mottled Hybrid Ducks


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Whistlers & Mergansers



Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and Hooded Merganser Ducks have been around in the local ponds and small lakes here.  I enjoy watching both but tend to be really wowed by the brown, black and white cuties with their vivid pink bills (you know which I mean).  Yes, the ducks here are charming!  The Hooded Mergansers are migratory here while the whistlers may be local to the region.

The Hooded Mergansers are diving ducks and fish by diving down to catch small fish, frogs, tadpoles, crayfish, large aquatic snails, small tender turtles or larger aquatic insects.  The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are more open to eating both meat and vegetation.  They are like their cousins the Mallards in that aspect.  Both of these ducks are excellent fliers!

I took these pictures here in my neighborhood and in a nearby neighborhood during the last several weeks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Merry Christmas!  I won’t be posting on Friday but will catch up on Saturday.  See you then!

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Lesser Scaup Ducks





Lesser Scaup Ducks have been here in a small flock for the last few weeks.  They are migratory Winter visitors to our lakes and ponds.  These cute medium-sized diving ducks are beautiful with the drakes being basic tuxedo black, and white and a touch of barred grey.  The hens are a lovely dark and light brown.  Both have broad blue bills.

The Lesser Scaups like the conditions in fresh water better than that of salt water, which is a major difference between them and the Greater Scaups.  I took these pictures on December 17, 1015 and again on December 18, 2015.   This post and the one I will write for Wednesday, will be about ducks.  No post on Christmas but I will catch up on Saturday.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Whistlers by the Dozens!


The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were still paddling, strolling, and flying around at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, Florida, when I took these pictures on March 20, 2015.  I love these cuties!

“Whistlers”  have such personality, just standing around, they are adorable!  These ducks like their name implies, have a call that is a whistling sound – similar to the Wood Ducks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!



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Blue Winged Teal Ducks


This flock of Blue Winged Teal ducks was spotted on a large pond in Levy County, Florida on November 15, 2014.  I was traveling back from my adventure at Cedar Key and saw this flock on the water a bit of distance from the highway.  I believe this is a migratory flock of Teals.  There were about twenty-five or so ducks on the water while I was there.

Of course, seeing the ducks, I had to stop and take some snap-shots.  The drakes or males, have the white crescent on their cheeks above the bill,  but the females do not have this distinctive marking.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!  Have a happy Thanksgiving!



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A Small Flock of Wood Ducks

On Tuesday March 27, 2012, a group of five Wood Ducks arrived here on the little farm pond.  I had originally thought that there were six Wood Ducks here but one turned out to be a drake Mallard.  There were two pairs and a bachelor drake.  The Wood Ducks don’t usually gather in huge flocks.  They are tree nesters and also are insect-eating diving ducks.

The drakes are very flashy with multiple colors such as mustard yellow, green, orange, red, black, and blue.  What handsome ducks!  The females are a soft, light chocolate-brown and cream color.  The hens are very beautiful with those distinctive white almond-shaped rings around each eye.  These ducks don’t even quack like most ducks do.  They have a very soft quack that is very much a whistle sound.  The Wood Ducks are small very shy ducks.  I am so happy to have them here at the little farm pond.  I took these pictures on 3/27/12 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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