6-29-2008 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

About a week ago, a pair of Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks (Dendrocygna autumnalis) showed up at our new pond in the front yard.  I have only seen them a couple of times before.  Three of them showed up at our pond last August and I shot a few photos of them (click here).  I also saw them once at the Manatee River, a couple of miles away from our farm.

Here are the first photos that I shot about a week ago:

Yesterday, I spotted the ducks at the pond in the back yard and shot some more photos.  In the first photo, they are at the edge of the water by the reflection of the St. Francis statue.

Here they are, paying a visit to our statute of St. Francis, before wandering off across the back yard.

This morning I went outside to have a cup of coffee and chat with my friend, Beryl, in Tallahassee.  Shortly after I sat down, the Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks flew over the house and landed at the pond.  Here are the photos I took this morning:

Now you have probably seen all the photos that you will ever want to see of Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks.  Thanks for your patience if you got this far.