Whistling Ducks And Friends

Whistling Ducks And Friends

A small group of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks have settled in a WMA marsh pond.

(Wikipedia) The Whistling Duck breeds from the southernmost United States, Mexico, and tropical Central to south-central South America. In the US, it can be found year-round in peninsular Florida, parts of southeast Texas, coastal Alabama and Mississippi and seasonally in southeast Arizona, and Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. It is a rare breeder in such disparate locations as Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina, though it is now a common breeder in parts of central Florida.

Whistling Ducks And Friends
Whistling Ducks And Friends
Whistling Ducks And Friends
Whistling Ducks And Friends

There are only a few here but they look to be a calm bird. Above a juvenile Gallinule liked them better than his family further up the marsh.

Whistling Ducks And Friends
Whistling Ducks And Friends

And yes, they do make a whistling sound instead of ‘quacks’. Actually they are more like a goose.

Whistling Ducks And Friends
Whistling Ducks And Friends

This little flock has grown to include the Moor Hen, as well as Red-winged Black Birds. The others are a good influence since this time they didn’t suddenly fly off before I could get any shots.

ACE Basin.

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