Category Archives: Duck

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, First Light

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were hanging out on a series of snags in the first morning light.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks In Tree Snag
Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks In Tree Snag

Everyone had their own spot.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck In Tree Snag
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck In Tree Snag

And they weren’t alone.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks In Tree Snag
Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks and a Hawk In Tree Snag

This snag stands in one of the wetland cells created as part of the city’s water reclamation process.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks In Tree Snag
Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks In Tree Snag

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Bird Variety in Bulls Island Pond

Most of the birds we saw on Bulls Island were far off, but there was a lot of variety. This fresh water pond was hosting wading birds, ducks and shore birds.

Bird Convention
Bird Convention

A path between two ponds had a few spots where you could peak between the underbrush for a better view.

Ring-necked Duck and Two Northern Shovelers
Ring-necked Ducks and Northern Shovelers

A group of shore birds was making the rounds.

Black Necked Stilts, Blue-winged Teals, and some Shore Birds
Black Necked Stilts, Blue-winged Teals, and some Shore Birds

Bulls Island is a 5000 acre barrier island off the coast of South Carolina with multiple ecosystems including maritime forest, fresh and brackish water impoundments and salt marsh.

April 3, 2022

A Marsh Scene

A look at a big marsh scene that included a small flock of Roseate Spoonbills way off in the air, a closer raft of dabbling ducks and a single White Ibis in the foreground.

Raft of ducks in the marsh
Raft of ducks in the marsh, including Blue-winged Teals and Northern Shovelers

A little closer look at the White Ibis.

Raft of ducks in the marsh
Raft of ducks in the marsh

Usually White Ibis are in constant motion in the water, poking and prodding for food, but this one was just looking around.

White Ibis
White Ibis

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 29, 2021

Santee Delta By Boat, Wood Ducks

Our guide on the Santee Delta trip was an excellent bird spotter, and saw this small flock of Wood Ducks coming in for a landing.

Wood Ducks Landing
Wood Ducks Landing

Taking pictures of a small moving bird from a small moving boat gives so-so results, but it was fun to see them.

Wood Ducks Landing
Wood Ducks Landing

The ducks, or at least one of them, seemed to think they’d better fly right back out.

Wood Ducks Leaving
Wood Ducks Leaving

And of course the rest followed along.

Wood Ducks Leaving
Wood Ducks Leaving

This section of the river was lined with grass and reeds, a perfect spot for Wood Ducks to hang out.

Wood Ducks Leaving
Wood Duck Leaving

Santee River Trip with Coastal Expeditions
November 8, 2021

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Early Morning Wood Ducks

A group of Wood Ducks had the Alligator ramp to themselves on one recent morning.

Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp

Stretching and preening, I saw a few flashes of blue.

Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp

In lookout position, this one seemed ready to signal a retreat, one foot over the edge.

Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp

But they stayed spread out and stayed for a few photos.

Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp

August 31, 2021

Peak-a-boo: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

This was one of those “stop the car, back up” moments as we drove into a wildlife management area and Ted spotted an odd movement.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Peaking Out of Duck Box
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Peaking Out of Duck Box

About then Ted spotted a second duck in the tree above that was quick to fly up onto a nearby stump and show off his pink feet.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

These Black-bellied Whittling Ducks are quite striking with that white wing stripe setting off the brown and black of the body.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

This one spent quite a few minutes poking at the top of the stump. I’m not sure what he was doing, they are mostly vegetarians but will eat insects so he may have been looking for a snack.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
August 29, 2021