In recent days, Florida Mottled Ducks have visited the temporary rainfall retention ponds in the development where my hubby and I live. These native dabblers also were seen at two Northwestern Marion County rural farm ponds with one pair enjoying the company of a whole bunch of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks! I took these pictures on April 17, 2015, April 20, 2015, and on April 22, 2015. Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that picture.
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This Killdeer was among the Lesser Yellowlegs and a couple of Common Crows the other day at the larger rainfall retention basin pond. These small shorebirds are frequently found inland on grassy pastures or along gravelled areas. This pond is close to a large cattle pasture and also near large swaths of manicured lawns.
I think the lure of tasty worms and small aquatic insects was what attracted the bird to this pond. Of course, birds do enjoy a refreshing drink of water now and then and do bath. I took these pictures on October 23, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Taken in my development here in Florida in last few days at dusk (on rainy days). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
There were Hooded Mergansers visiting one of the rainfall retention ponds here that still holds quite a lot of water. Almost all of these ponds here in our development are now dry. This pond is on the edge of the development near a small commercial area where there is a fitness center undergoing renovations. This noisy and busy work is why there hardly ever are any of the wading birds or ducks around on that pond these days.
Seeing this pair of Hooded Mergansers was a treat. Perhaps this pair is one of the two pairs I had seen a few weeks ago in the rainfall basin down the street from my home. Who knows? I took these pictures on Monday, February 17, 2014 at about 4:30pm. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Two pairs of Hooded Mergansers came to visit my immediate neighborhood yesterday afternoon which surprised and delighted me no end! The migratory ducks were swimming in the large rainfall retention basin pond, (newly filled with storm water) located two blocks down from my home here in Marion County, Florida.
The ducks likely would not find very much to eat in that basin these days due to the pond having been previously almost totally dried up in recent weeks (big storms for past two days replenished the basin’s water). In fact, this area usually looks like a sunken lawn. Hooded Mergansers like eating fish, frogs, and aquatic insects and worms. Perhaps this foursome did get some small insects or worms for their meal. I hope so.
By the way, the hens are the ones with the fuzzy-looking brown crest on top of their head. I had been hoping to see some ducks here in Florida and was especially excited to see some so close to home! I took these pictures at about 4:00PM yesterday (Jan. 14, 2014) here on my street (hiding behind a Camellia bush!). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!