Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

While out west this past summer, I still kept up with some of the rarities showing up back home in Maryland and nearby Delaware.Β  Roseate Spoonbills were the rave at Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware, and are still be reporting.Β  (I’ve had no time to visit. πŸ˜•)

Another summer sensation has been (and still is) a small flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks that arrived and stayed for the summer, hanging with the resident Mallards in a housing community’s retention pond outside Clayton, Delaware.Β  How lucky for me they were less than a half-mile from our daughter’s home!

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Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

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Black-bellied Whistling Ducks primarily live year-round in eastern South Carolina and Georgia, all of Florida, as well as other portions of Texas, Alabama, New Mexico, and Mexico where they are most abundant.

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Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

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Black-bellied Whistling Duck and his Cormorant buddy, with a Mallard looking on

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With their bright pink beaks, legs, and feet, they are an exotic beauty.

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Black-bellied Whistling Duck

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Black-bellied Whistling Duck

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Black-bellied Whistling Duck

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And just as their name suggests, these ducks do whistle while in flight.

Take a listen…..

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“Reflections” & one with something to say

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46 thoughts on “Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

  1. How cool that you got to see them! They’re so pretty and unique looking. I saw one a long time ago in Mexico and meant to ID it when I got home, but life got in the way and I forgot to go back and ID it. Last year I think it was…a blogger, Birder’s Journey posted an image of one and it struck a chord in my memory and I went searching my archives for that image I’d made years ago. Low and behold it was a BBWD!!

    You hit the jackpot with that group! The images are beautiful!!

  2. Wonderful pics. I just love everything about ducks, and I have never heard of this one (although a very popular nearby restaurant is called the Whistling Swan ;-)) What a beauty it is!
    Julie

    • Thank you, Belinda! I’ve read these ducks are moving their range further and further north in past years, probably with the weather changes. For us and these ducks, that is awesome!

  3. I’ve never even seen pictures of these ducks before, how beautiful! I love your portraits at the end, highlighting the different colors on their beaks and those pink feet. Thanks for sharing these!

    • Aren’t they pretty cool?!! I’ve photographed them in Florida where they live year-round, but they were much farther in the distance. These ducks here have gotten celebrity status in Delaware! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Wayne! These ducks are abundant in Mexico, they’ve continued to move their range north into the U.S. and have been in Florida for some time, where I saw them a few years ago. I love their exotic look!

  4. What interesting coloring. Aren’t you lucky to catch these exotic ducks! I’d never heard of them, much less seen them. Bet it’s good to be back home. πŸ˜‰

    • I’m so glad that I did before they took off for migration. Per this morning’s e-bird email, they were still there as of yesterday. These ducks achieved celebrity status in Delaware. I hope they get the instinct to return there in the Spring, they are only a half mile from my daughter’s home. That would be too easy, huh?! Yes, very good to be back home!! 😊

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