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Black-Bellied Whistling-Ducks with Ducklings

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Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck swimming with ducklings (sandra calderbank)



I caught sight of a couple of Black-Bellied Whistling-Ducks with Ducklings in a freshwater pond in Vero Beach, Florida. These tree ducks are called Black-Bellied Whistling ducks and they have bright orange bills and legs. Their nesting habit involves trees, cavities, nest boxes, and occasional ground scrapes. They’re one of two types of Whistling Ducks in North America and they make a whistling sound while flying. The young ducklings are tended by both parents until they can fly and fend for themselves, usually around 2 months old.


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These two images of a Male and Female Common Goldeneye are from early winter.   I am going through past images because all of my spring photography trips are cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Common Goldeneye (Bucephalus clangula) is a beautiful, readily recognized little duck. In spring and summer they breed in the colder parts of the United States in upper Michigan, Minnesota and Canada.  Goldeneye are cavity nesters. They frequently lay their eggs in abandoned woodpecker holes, natural tree cavities or nest boxes.  In winter they retreat to the warmer areas of the United States in saltwater bays and ice free deep lakes. The Goldeneye is one of the last ducks of the season to head south. They migrate in flocks and are very fast muscular fliers.

The Common Goldeneye has been nicknamed The Whistler because of the loud whistling noise their wings make as they fly.  

Hooded Merganser

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Female Hooded Merganser, preening

The Hooded Merganser is a very small diving duck and the sexes are distinctly different in their appearance. The Male Hooded Merganser has a black head with a large white patch and yellow eyes. The Female Hooded Merganser is a tawny cinnamon color. This Female is preening in evening light on a pond in Florida. The Hooded Merganser has a collapsible crest that can make their head very different shapes depending on the position of the crest. They dive for small fish and insects.

In search of Wood Ducks

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I have been searching for the Illusive Wood Duck to photograph for several years! Despite their nickname as “Carolina” Duck, they seem to be scarce here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Maybe I just don’t know where to look? I was recently in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and suddenly here was Mrs Wood Duck! No sign of her well dressed male partner but she is just fine!Female Wood Duck standing on bank of pond with beak open (Sandra Calderbank, sandra calderbank).

Maximum Performance Landing

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Male Northern Pintail, landing with feet down (Sandra Calderbank, sandra calderbank)


They do this all the time……A Male Northern Pintail Duck landing, maintaining control during rapid deceleration with a high angle of attack with feathers showing wings in a stall! The feather’s design allows the tip feathers to rotate to a lower angle of attack and avoid stall.  A ‘short pond landing’.