Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Orlando Wetlands Park

The first time I saw and heard black-bellied whistling-ducks, I was bass fishing at a South Florida pond in the spring. At first I thought they were fulvous whistling-ducks but the pink lips didn’t look right.

After a bit of research I learned they were a relatively new species to Florida and it was believed they were swept north from South America during Hurricane Andrew, however my recent research hasn’t been able to verify this information.

They are large ducks around the size of mallards and fly nearly as fast, they flock in large numbers and are beautiful to watch and hear.

Image Info: 300 mm, 1/1000 at f/6.3, ISO 125 – Canon T6, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM.