Category Archives: Duck

Trio of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks

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.

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

I walked by them on the dike and they were unfazed.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Their feet are quite adaptable to stand on a variety of uneven surfaces.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck

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.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
May 15, 2022

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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