Whistling Ducks

After a slow spring at El Franco Lee Park, the summer doldrums are here. The drought has reduced the water in the wetland severely, but waders, shorebirds, and waterfowl are still present in large numbers, probably taking advantage of the concentration of available food. Mottled Ducks and Wood Ducks are present by the dozens every day, but I have not seen any evidence of successful breeding, but Black-bellied Whistling Ducks have done well, with at least four parents keeping a close eye of two broods. Other birds of note included the first Fulvous Whistling Ducks I have seen here and two Least Terns that were new for the list.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck with brood at El Franco Lee Park Photo Stephan Lorenz

Fulvous Whistling Ducks at El Franco Lee Park Photo Stephan Lorenz

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