Two work days down and two more to go. I sure do prefer a four day work week over the typical five day week. Yesterday was a nice easy transition getting back into the groove, but today picked up a little more speed. I was so busy all day that it went by extremely fast.
To continue on with the Florida theme from the past few days, I decided I would use another photo from my trip this past April. Again, it is another shot taken from the boardwalk at the Green Cay Wetlands. I have so many great photos with an amazing variety of wildlife, so it is easy to find something.
The first time I ever saw a black-bellied whistling duck was when I went to Texas a few years ago. I really enjoyed them and how pretty they were, but I didn't get too many shots of them on that trip. When I ran into some in Florida, I was extremely excited and thankfully there was a huge abundance of them as I saw them at several locations.
There are eight different species of whistling ducks, with black-bellied whistling ducks being one of them. They can be found in several southern states in the United States and are slowly beginning to make their way northward. They are also known as a "tree duck" or a "mexican squealer". They can often be found perched in trees as well as in fields, near ponds, and in marshy areas. Their diet consists mostly of plant material (rice, corn, millet, weeds, and grasses) as well as insects, spiders, snails, and tadpoles. Unlike most other ducks, the black-bellied whistling ducks tend to mate for life, just like geese and swans. They generally nest in cavities (trees, nesting boxes, chimney's, etc.), but will nest on the ground if necessary.
The shot I decided to share is one I really liked of three in flight as it reminded me of "the three amigo's"!