Tag Archives: Black-bellied Whistling 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

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