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Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Wistlers & Wood Storks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

I took these photographs this morning at three ponds here in The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!  P.S. The White Pelicans are here now in big numbers!

Wood Stork

Whistlers on Wednesday: Paradise Lake

I spotted this cute pair of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Schwartz Park on Lake Paradise in The Villages, Fl last evening at about 6:00pm.  I spotted the two ducks waddling down the slope of a lake-front back yard to the lake to sip some water and then slowly waddle back up that same yard to the shrubbery.  I am thinking the pair are nesting in the bushes.  I always enjoy seeing these cute brown and pink ducks!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Whistlers on Wednesday

These Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, or “Whistlers” were spotted here in The Villages, FL in a grassy area just coming out of a golf cart tunnel near Lake Sumter and Morse.  I took the pictures at about 6:00pm last night.  These are such cheery cute ducks that I always enjoy seeing them.  The small flock was grazing on tasty insects as the grass had just recently been cut and it had rained a little earlier in the day.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Wednesday’s Whistlers

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Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are such cute ducks that I just had to post a few new pictures that I took in the last week or so.  I really enjoy seeing the “Whistlers” here in The Villages, Florida, in the various little lakes and ponds.

There are several older juveniles in the Paradise Lake flock that amuse me.  These teenaged ducks fly around an awful lot.  Juvenile whistlers have the bluish bill and feet while adult Black-bellied Whistling Ducks have a pink bill and feet.  The adults are patient and basically paddle or sit contentedly on the shore near the water.

We are seeing more and more ducks here.  I even spotted a hen Bufflehead the other day!  So glad!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Flying Birds and Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Here are a collection of photographs I have recently taken of  herons, ducks, geese, Anhinga and ibises.  I hope you will enjoy seeing these pictures.  It is tremendous fun to get out to the lakes, marshes and ponds to see these birds here in Lake, Sumter, and Marion Counties, here in Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that picture.  Enjoy!

Florida Mottled Ducks

Florida Mottled Ducks

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

 

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

Anhinga

Anhinga

American White Ibises

American White Ibises

Wednesday’s Whistler Ducks: The Ducklings

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Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are among the group of Florida Mottled Ducks at a small lake near the Spanish Springs Square area of The Villages, Florida.  The lake is home to a variety of waterfowl, and wading birds.  There is abundant food in the water so this lake has become popular with the ducks.  I often go this lake to watch all the action and photograph the birds, ducks, and geese.

Sometimes ducks will start a second family of the year in Summer.  If you look carefully, you will see an adult Whistler (Pink bill and brown head) at the front of the line of Whistler ducklings.  I took these pictures on August 27, 2015.  These ducklings have a blue bill which later turns pink as they grow to adults.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the very slightly larger image.  Enjoy!DSC_6231

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