Tag Archives: Duck

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

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?

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

Wood Duck Ducklings

It was late afternoon and the light bad on pond of duck weed but I could not resist the Wood Duck family.

Female Wood Duck with Ducklings
Female Wood Duck with Ducklings

I counted 20 ducklings, although with all their scrambling around it’s hard to be sure.

Female Wood Duck with Ducklings
Female Wood Duck with Ducklings

The ducklings followed momma without hesitation as I’m sure she was looking for a safe place for the night.

Female Wood Duck with Ducklings
Female Wood Duck with Ducklings