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A Mottled Duck & Hybrid Mottled Duck

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This hen is a Mottled Duck and the drake is a hybrid cross between a Mallard Duck and a Mottled Duck.  The intermixing between the Mottled and Mallard Ducks is pretty commonly seen.  These are dabbling ducks.  They tip their heads down into the shallow water to find pond weeds, and grains.  These ducks also occasionally eat insects.

I photographed this same pair of ducks at both the large rainfall retention pond near the health club here, and the smaller golf course pond near one of our main streets in this development..  I scout both of these ponds on a regular basis to spot wildfowl and wading birds.  It rained a lot on Friday night and Saturday so the ponds were full.  I took these pictures on March 26, 2014, and again on March 29, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Paynes Prairie Heron

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This Great Blue Heron was sighted at the Paynes Prairie State Park near Gainesville, Florida.  It was standing in the shallow water in the Cattails, and grasses.  It likely was trying to hunt for a small frog, or turtle.  This area is in a fresh water marsh.  There was quite a lot of water in the area because of recent heavy rains.

This park has a very large expanse of wild land marsh.  There are a lot of wading birds around now.  I was very happy to have spotted this heron.  I took the pictures on December 16, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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