Egyptian Geese are apparently making a home for themselves here in the United States. I have occasionally spotted pairs or small groups of these African immigrant geese during the last couple of years.
I also recently saw a photo from Texas where a pair of Egyptian Geese were strolling around a golf course. I think that may have been the idea of bringing these geese here from Africa. The Egyptian Geese are lovely and seem to have an OK temperament. I took these pictures on Lake Paradise on May 9, 2017. I also earlier spotted Egyptian Geese at the lake behind Freedom Pointe in The Villages, where there were a family of these geese, but that was about two months back. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.
Grey Squirrels, Mallard Ducks, and hybrid Mallard/Florida Mottled Ducks were spotted on the little Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida on Monday night at twilight. I am including views of the lake on the Swartz Park end which is almost totally dry to the North and rapidly shrinking again to the South. By the way, that shot that looks like a huge grassy prairie, is really the dry lake bed. Yikes!
We are still in a drought situation here. I enjoy this regional park which is reserved for residents and guests here in The Villages, Florida. There is always wildlife around us here. I have a great time bird and critter-watching. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
I spotted these Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, commonly called “Whistlers” on Sunday night at twilight at Lake Mira-mar in The Villages at Spanish Springs. The charming ducks whistle instead of quacking. This whistle is pretty high-pitched and distinctive. They are aloof but generally very sweet ducks. Beautiful with bright pink bills, legs and feet. The birds get the pink bill and feet when they become adults. They eat grains, seeds, and insects. They are a welcomed duck here in our area! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Likely a hybrid Florida Mottled and Mallard Duck
These ducks are Florida Mottled Ducks and hybrid Mallard/Fl Mottled Ducks. I took these pictures on Sept. 7, 2016 at a small private park lake, Lake Paradise, located in The Villages, FL. I took these pictures at Swartz Park and also at Paradise Park. Many times in the late afternoon or early evening, I see ducks at the tiny Swartz Park, on the gazebo/parking lot side. By the way, there sometimes are Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (Whistlers) at that location.
Florida Mottled Ducks and Mallards both are dabbing ducks. They tip their heads down into the water while they search the shallows of lakes, streams, and ponds for various types of aquatic insects and small aquatic animals. These ducks also enjoy eating grain.
The male or drake Mottled Duck has a bright yellow bill. Both genders of the Florida Mottled Duck resemble a hen Black Duck or a hen Mallard a bit. The Florida Mottled Ducks and Mallard Ducks often will interbreed so one can see a hybrid which resembles the Mallard, but is not quite fully Mallard in looks. I always enjoy watching ducks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version. Enjoy!
A Reader Has Five Free Young Mallard Ducks to Re-Home! Help Needed Near Baton Rouge, LA
I have a reader who is trying to find a new home for five young Mallard Ducks that she cannot keep where she lives. The ducks are about 4-5 months old now. The five ducks are located in a area close to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. If you can take the ducks please let the family know by commenting here (I will forward your e-mail). I also appreciate suggestions of places this family can contact if there are no readers who are able to re-home the ducks. Please note: This is a
one time only thing for me. I generally stay away from involvement in re-homing, or organizations and causes here on this blog. Many thanks for any help. Wildlifewatcher 7/17/16
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, or “Whistlers” are extremely cute ducks! I saw a small flock of the whistlers at a local park lake last evening at dusk. The bunch of ducks were on the shore at the Veteran’s Park in The Villages, Florida, near the Spanish Springs town square. Such cuties!
The whistlers were at the park with some Chinese white geese, some Mallard Ducks, Common Coots, mixed breed ducks, and a lone Muscovy Duck. I enjoy seeing all the various kinds of waterfowl, wading birds and other critters at all of the small lakes and ponds here in my new community! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Hen Mallard Duck
Hooded Merganser Ducks
Here are some of the ducks that have been here in my area in the last week or so. I have spotted a flock of Hooded Mergansers, the ever-present Mallard Ducks, a lot of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a few Lesser Scaup Ducks, and at least two Bufflehead Ducks! Quite the bunch. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Hen Mallard Duck
Hen Bufflehead Duck
Lesser Scaup Ducks
Would you believe I took all these photographs yesterday morning from sunrise through about 9:00 AM at several local marshes, and lakes in both Sumter and Lake Counties in Florida. Amazing! I am so lucky to live in an area where there are so many larger birds (and animals) in the wild.
Additionally, I saw Sandhill Cranes, a Limpkin, Wood Storks, a Tri-colored Heron, Great Blue Herons, Mallard Ducks, and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks. I’ll be posting snapshots of these birds in coming posts. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version. Enjoy!
Great Egrets, Snowy Egret & Common Cormorants
American White Ibis
Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Wishing all a wonderful Thanksgiving! Here are some photographs I took weeks ago of whistlers that I hope you will like. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger photo. Enjoy!
Muscovy Ducks and a Pekin Duck were all spotted at Tuscawilla Park lake in Ocala, Florida on Sept. 24, 2015. The Muscovy Ducks and Pekin Ducks are both domestic farm breeds. These ducks probably flew away from farm or ranch ponds in the area or are descendants of previous generations of ducks that did. The Muscovy is a very unusual-looking duck and it has a distinct fleshy growth on its head, called a “Wattle”. I was happy to see Muscovy ducklings at the park as well as the adults.
The white duck is the Pekin Duck. There were only a few of the Pekin Ducks at the lake, and really only just a few wading birds there during this visit. This lake is jammed-packed with water fowl and wading birds in February! It is quite the sight. I previously photographed many birds at this same lake this last Winter. Please click on the thumbnail image to see a very slightly larger version of that same photo. Enjoy!