Tag Archives: Duck

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

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?