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Mottled Duck, 2

This pair of Mottled Ducks had been snugged up against the pond shore, then calmly paddled away as I approached.
Mottled Duck
Mottled Duck

They didn’t go far and swung around to catch the morning sun.

Mottled Duck
Mottled Duck

The pair stuck pretty close together, paralleling the shore line.

Mottled Duck
Mottled Duck Pair

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
January 6, 2020

 

Mottled Duck

This pair of Mottled Ducks was swimming in and out of patches of late afternoon sun on a shallow pond.

Mottled Duck Pair
Mottled Duck Pair

I stopped at a bench at the edge of the pond and they watched me as I watched them.

Mottled Duck
Mottled Duck

Baily Tract, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
January 6, 2020

I used the Merlin App to identify these as Mottled Ducks. Further reading at Cornell’s All About Birds:

It’s reminiscent of a female Mallard or an American Black Duck, but this is the closely related Mottled Duck. They’re so closely related that hybridization, especially with Mallards, poses a real threat to the Mottled Duck’s future.

In Florida, hybridization with introduced Mallards has produced many so-called “Muddled Ducks,” and care is needed to confirm identification of a “pure” Mottled Duck.