We had been alerted to the presence of these Black-bellied Whistling Ducks by another visitor to the Wildlife Management Area. Sure enough, they were still hanging out in the same spot.
I walked by them on the dike and they were unfazed.
Their feet are quite adaptable to stand on a variety of uneven surfaces.
These wooden boxes are installed to support breeding Wood Ducks, but the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks have been taking them over the last few years.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
May 15, 2022