Category Archives: Duck

Two Male Wood Ducks

I don’t visit this little pond often. It’s a bit off the beaten path, a mosquito haven, and most wildlife I’ve spotted there has made a fast exit before I could take any pictures.

Two Male Wood Ducks
Two Male Wood Ducks

These two Wood Ducks made it worth my while on an afternoon walk last week.

Two Male Wood Ducks
Two Male Wood Ducks

They did make an exit, but it was rather slow, hardly making a ripple in the duckweed.

Two Male Wood Ducks
Two Male Wood Ducks

The moment I put my camera down they flew.

Wood Ducks on Branch

A pair of Wood Ducks was perched on a low branch over the duckweed  covered pond on a recent drab day.

Pair of Wood Ducks on Branch
Pair of Wood Ducks on Branch

You can just make out a bit of blue feathers; it’s hard to tell if these are adult females or this year’s young starting to change.

Wood Duck on Branch
Wood Duck on Branch

I spotted a few others further out in the pond, maybe some of the ducklings I saw back in May.

Wood Ducks
Wood Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks

These two Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks looks like they are in a field but this is actually a grass-choked pond / swamp so they were walking on a spongy surface.

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

They were alert to my presence and another nearby pair ducked down into the grass out of my sight.

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

These two kept bobbing up and down.

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

And kept an eye on the sky.

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

Wood Ducks

These two Wood Ducks were sunning on the end of an Alligator platform until I passed by.

Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform
Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform

Actually, there had been three; one had dropped into the water as I rounded the bend.

Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform
Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform

The other two seemed to be communicating…

Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform
Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform

… stay, or go?

Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform
Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform

The female made up her mind and jumped feet first into the pond.

Wood Duck Duo, One Jumps
Wood Duck Duo, One Jumps

The male made a showier exit…

Wood Duck Duo, Second Jumps
Wood Duck Duo, Second Jumps

and a delicate splash down.

Wood Duck Duo, Splash
Wood Duck Duo, Splash

Wood Duck Family With Turtle

Alligator ramps around the pond provide a fairly safe and dry spot for the Wood Duck ducklings to dry off and preen.

Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle
Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle

The Yellow-bellied Slider seemed oblivious to their occupation of his sunny spot.

Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle
Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle

Mama Wood Duck stayed in the water, patrolling for safety. Other times I have observed this there has been a Wood Duck drake nearby, also on alert, but I did not see one this time.

Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle
Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle

Duck Fly By

Something overhead startled this flock of ducks into the air.

Flying Duck Flock
Flying Duck Flock

Camera at the ready, I waited for them to fly closer to me, but they headed towards the back of the pond.

Flying Duck Flock
Flying Duck Flock

They circled around a few times, settled back into the water, then did it all over again.

Flying Duck Flock
Flying Duck Flock

With at least one Eagle in the area these ducks weren’t interested in being lunch.

Flying Duck Flock
Flying Duck Flock

February 10, 2020
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area

Blue-winged Teal Vacuums

Blue-winged Teals often eat in circles, almost like a choreographed dance of vacuum cleaners. There was plenty of duckweed to go around on this day and the wind was keeping it concentrated in one side of the pond, keeping the ducks near the walking path.

Blue Winged Teals Feeding on Duckweed
Blue Winged Teals Feeding on Duckweed

The duck’s movements leaves trails in the duckweed, indistinguishable from a path made by an underwater Alligator.

Blue Winged Teal
Male Blue Winged Teal

These three female Teals stayed in a row for quite awhile, perhaps because there is safety in numbers.

Blue Winged Teals Feeding on Duckweed
Blue Winged Teals Feeding on Duckweed

When the light hits them just right the iridescence on the males’ heads is quite pretty.

Blue Winged Teals Feeding on Duckweed
Blue Winged Teals Feeding on Duckweed