Monday, December 29, 2008

Bird Photography Weekly: Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks resting on the bank at Bear Creek Park in northwest Houston.

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Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)


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According to reports by the Houston Audubon Society, Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks have recently been expanding their range in Texas. They can frequently be found in and around neighborhood ponds and lakes to the north and west of the Houston area. I have seen them on several occasions this fall at Bear Creek Park and once up north in the Tomball area, usually in groups of two to four.


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10 comments:

Lynne said...

Those are handsome ducks! Send a pair up here to Minnesota! (maybe after we thaw out...)

Kyle said...

Thanks, Lynne! I always enjoy the little "crew cuts" they have going. Nice and trim little fellas.

mick said...

Great photos and very interesting ducks. We have whistling ducks out here in Australia - but rather different from those. Dendrocygna ... so I guess they are from the same 'family' (Not sure if that is the correct terminology).

Vickie said...

Great duck photos. I also just noticed your new family photo. Its terrific.

Alan said...

Nice shots Kyle. Interesting looking ducks!

Christopher said...

Great photos and nice choice for BPW! I love those bubble-gum pink bills.

Arija said...

A very nice pair front and back.

Kathiesbirds said...

Kyle, can you send some over to me? I have never seen one though they are suppose to be somewhere here in AZ!

me ann my camera said...

How beautiful can they get! These two in the first photo are beautiful! I've never seen this species before.

HerbLover said...

I've seen one this year on the University of Houston campus, which is slightly south of downtown.

Great pictures.