On the morning of April 25 birders and wildlife photographers were greeted by a rare, yet wonderful, sight: 13 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks perched on a limb overhanging the lake near the dam wing wall.
The ducks are typically found in the southernmost US (TX, LA, MS, AL, FL) bordering the Gulf of Mexico.
It was thought the ducks had arrived at the lake the previous evening (April 24) or perhaps during the early morning hours of the 25th. Many if not all were napping on the tree limb after what was thought to be a long, exhausting flight. By the next morning (April 26) the ducks were gone having continued their flight to parts unknown.
Cornell's web site (opens a new browser tab) provides excellent information on how to identify them, their life history, maps, and sounds.
Photography: Stephen Talabac Post Processing: Stephen Talabac
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