This was a duck I never knew existed until we found them last year. They were in this same wildlife area.
They are year round residents along the Lowcountry coast, Florida, Texas, and Louisiana. The range is extending north, but based on their breeding habits it might take sometime. The ducklings are raised on the open marshes here, we see them in the open often. We have a lot of Eagles and other large raptors here. Obviously some make it to adulthood, but I don’t know how.
This duck found an old Wood Duck nesting box in a swamp. A second Whistler was near so they might be nesting here.
Oh yeah, they don’t quack, they whistle.
Click any image for full size.