Category Archives: Duck

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

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks

This has been a summer for Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, with this sighting at the Magnolia Cemetery pond.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck

They are another bird that is expanding its range northward and I’ve only seen them in this area the last two or three years.

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

This pair alternated their time between sitting in the trees and sitting in the water on a very hot SC day.

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

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
August 2, 2021

Make Way – Wood Duck Ducklings

I was quite surprised to spot young ducklings last week at Ravenswood Pond, thinking the season was past. I continued on my walk not expecting to see them again as they tend to make a beeline for the other side of the pond.
Wood Duck Ducklings
Wood Duck Ducklings

But, when I passed back by the ducklings were up near the shore. They quickly headed back out into the pond.

Wood Duck Ducklings
Wood Duck Ducklings

Which way?

Wood Duck Ducklings
Wood Duck Ducklings

They regrouped and stayed together for as long as I could spot them.

Wood Duck Ducklings
Wood Duck Ducklings

The mother didn’t show any concern.

Female Wood Duck
Female Wood Duck

For context, here is a pulled back view. Those ducklings are out there somewhere, tucked under the vegetation somewhere between mama and the juvenile Little Blue Heron.

Wood Duck - Where Are the Ducklings
Wood Duck – Where Are the Ducklings?