Just another WordPress.com weblog about Nature and Wildlife

Posts tagged ‘Ring-Necked Ducks’

Birds at the Lake, Part 3

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Wood Storks, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Double Crested Cormorants, Ring-necked Ducks, and Hooded Mergansers all visited the little park lake (Paradise Lake) here in the past two weeks.

An interesting thing about Wood Storks is how they sit.  Their knees bend so that their lower legs rest in front – quite the opposite from many animals. and of course, people.

I took these pictures on Dec. 21-22, 2016.  Most of these water birds are meat-eaters and they certainly had easy fishing since our lake is drying up (we are in a drought).  I wish all who celebrate, a happy Hanukkah.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!  Happy New Year!

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Hooded Merganser Ducks

 

Double Crested Cormorant

Double Crested Cormorant

Wood Storks

Wood Storks

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage

Advertisements

Just Ducky!

Mallard Ducks (males)

Mallard Ducks (males)

Mallards, Black-bellied Whistlers, Ring-necked Ducks and Hooded Mergansers were all visitors here at the little Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL this last two weeks.  I took most of the pictures on December 11, 2016.

The Ring-necked Ducks and Hooded Mergansers are both diving ducks that eat fish, frogs, turtles, and larger aquatic insects.

The Whistlers and Mallards (also those Mottled Ducks around) eat both fish and plants.  They are tipping ducks that are most often seen with their tails up and heads down in the water when feeding in the water.  Mallards (and Mottled Ducks) and The Whistling Ducks seldom totally submerge.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

Whistlers

Whistlers

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks

 

Birds at Paradise Lake, The Villages, FL

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks

Osprey

Osprey

 

 

 

 

White Pelicans, Wood Storks, Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded Merganser Ducks, Great Egrets, a Belted Kingfisher, Sandhill Cranes, and a Red-tailed Hawk were all spotted on our neighborhood park lake within the past two weeks.  It was amazing!  I so enjoy bird watching and it was really fun to see so many different birds here at once.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

Red-tailed Hawk in Flight

Red-tailed Hawk in Flight

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

 

 

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Egrets

Great Egrets

Wildfowl Wednesday

dsc_0795

Ring-necked Ducks have arrived here in a small flock this past week.  I saw about ten of the black and white tuxedo-colored drakes and probably four hens which are brown and tan.  The males look quite a lot like the Lesser or Greater Scaup Ducks so one has to look at the bill carefully to correctly identify which ducks one is seeing.

I took these pictures on Nov. 13, 2016 at Swartz Park on Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL.  By the way, I happily saw a few White Pelicans and some Coots on one of our little lakes nearby the other day.  More and more migratory birds are showing up for their annual Winter visit.  I will take a few pictures and share them here on the blog in coming days. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version.  Enjoy!

dsc_0792dsc_0751dsc_0781

A Visit to the Sharon Rose Weichens Preserve

 

Southern Bald Eagle

Southern Bald Eagle

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

This nature preserve is part of The Villages, Florida in a new area to the South end of the development.  I went to the preserve on December 15, 2015 and enjoyed seeing American Coots, a Little Blue Heron, a Bald Eagle (up on the high tension electric tower), a Red-bellied Woodpecker, the Sherman’s Fox Squirrels, a number of ducks in the distance, and Meadowlarks.

In the past, I have also seen Great Egrets, and a White Tailed Deer (across on the far side of the lake).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  By the way, it was raining lightly when I was at the preserve.  P.S.  I saw a huge flock of White Pelicans arrive at the small neighborhood lake near my home this afternoon.  I hope to get some pictures taken while the birds are still around.  Wildlifewatcher

Scenic View of the Far Shore

Scenic View of the Far Shore

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks

Southern Bald Eagle

Southern Bald Eagle

 

 

Entry

Entry

Sherman's Fox Squirrel

Sherman’s Fox Squirrel

Observation Tower and Deck

Observation Tower and Deck

 

American Coot

American Coot

Eastern Meadowlarks

Eastern Meadowlarks

 

 

 

American Coot

American Coot

 

 

Older Pictures of Ring-Necked Ducks

DSC_2656

Lots of Ring-necked Ducks visit lakes and ponds in Cumberland County,  Tennessee in the Winter months.  I took these photographs in 2010.  The drakes are tuxedo-marked black and white.  The hens are a rich light brown and tan.  These ducks have a ring on their bills but also have a very faint white ring deep in the crease of their neck.  This neck ring is seldom visible.

The Ring-necked Ducks are diving ducks and eat lots of aquatic plants as well as some insects.  It was a lot of fun to duck-watch back when I lived on the small man-made fishing lake where I took these photographs.  It is one of the things I am missing here in Florida.  I have only rarely seen ducks here in Marion County and I have only seen small groups of ducks and no large flocks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

DSC_2668DSC_2673

DSC_2671

DSC_2679DSC_2698DSC_2690

Fresh From My Camera

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

 

I am at my little farm home in TN.  Here are some photographs I have just taken several minutes ago (February 27, 2013).  I hope you enjoy seeing the Sand Hill Cranes, lone Ring-necked Duck drake, the lively Canada Geese, and the stunningly beautiful male Eastern Bluebird in flight.  The Sand Hill Cranes are making their way back up North and likely there are thousands making the trip.  We have seen several waves of flocks.  The Cranes will mill around in the sky in groups waiting on the next division of the big flock to catch up.  That is why some groups in my photographs are not flying in the regular “V” flight formation.

The Ring-necked drake (male) duck has been around here several times and comes and goes between the nearby lake and this pond.  The geese live here but also go over to the lake often.  I will be in TN for several days packing up the house so you will still be seeing pictures from TN while I am here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Sand Hill Cranes

Sand Hill Cranes

Sand Hill Cranes

Sand Hill Cranes

Sand Hill Cranes

Sand Hill Cranes

Tag Cloud