Tag Archives: Black-bellied Whistling Duck

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

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks at Pond Edge

This is the opposite end of the pond where I photographed the Sunning Juvenile Alligators on Sunday. When the pond is filled this area is all under water.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Adult and Juvenile Gallinules

Several Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks duos were in view and working the pond edge, along with some juvenile Gallinules.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks

This pair was was off by themselves.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks

Evidently they had no where to be and plopped down.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
July 25, 2021

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

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

I’ve stopped to watch Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in this marshy area several times this summer. One day last week a few were quite close to the walk way and were less skittish than on previous visits.

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Some of the chicks are nearly adult size but are still sticking close to a parent.

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

This one had been standing on the end of the of the walkway and decided to join the others…

Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Flight
Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Flight

…landing in the short greenery with the family group behind him.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Flight
Black-bellied Whistling Duck Touching Down

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Pair

There were several pairs of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks around the edges of a pond, mostly tucked into the vegetation. Neither one of this pair moved a bit after I spotted them.

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

From another direction this pair took flight towards another connected pond, showing off more of their striking colors.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Pair in Flight
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Pair in Flight

Black-bellied Whistling Duck

This is the first Whistling Duck I have seen in South Carolina. He was perched high in a tree over a pond and I couldn’t even tell what it was until I zoomed in on the image in my camera.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Tree
Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Tree

The duck periodically threw his head back and made a very un-duck like sounding call.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Tree
Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Tree

A pair of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks flew by, but didn’t slow down to listen to the one in the tree and he didn’t make any effort to join them.

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

There was still about a half hour until sunset, but the sun, which was behind me, was disappearing into a cloud bank, taking the light and any possibility of a colorful sunset with it.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Tree
Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Tree