Green Cay Wetlands in Boynton Beach-Another One of My Friends!

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Green Cay Wetlands in Boynton Beach- Meet Another One of My Friends!


Black Bellied Whistling Duck

Meet the Black Bellied Whistling Duck!  ... I first met this beautiful duck when we moved back to Florida.  But now I don't have to see them to know they're around...... there's no mistaking their distinctive whistling sound as they fly over Green Cay.   

While found year-round in parts of southeast Texas, we've been fortunate enough to see increasing numbers of them here in South Florida, and in particular Green Cay in Boynton Beach.  You have only to luck up and see the white undermarkings of the wings, black belly and of course... that whistle!

I love how stately they stand, especially when guarding their wee ones.  And, being monogamous, you'll see both mom and dad sharing in "nestly" chores.  When babies are around, they will stand nearby, on the lookout for dangerous predators... alligators, raccoons, and larger birds!

While we often locate the nests of red winged black birds and moorhens, Whistling ducks are cavity nesters, so their nests are often in chimneys or hollowed trees.  

They are one of my favorite birds I get to see on my morning walks at Green Cay. 

Black bellied whistling duck

On the left you can see the unusual markings of the babies. 

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Kathy Streib
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
Room Service Home Staging

Debra- that's so true... They look nothing like mom and dad.  I've never really seen them transitioning from that stage to adolescence.

Janice- I went by a moorhen nest today but where there was 4 eggs a few weeks ago, now there's only 1.

Lou- Right you are... hope to see you at the RAPB lunch!

July 27, 2011 09:03 PM
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Wayne Johnson
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®

Kathy-Your photos are very good. I'd rank them up there with being as good as professional wildlife photographers. Do you or did you do that professionally?

July 27, 2011 09:13 PM
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Kathy Streib
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
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Wayne- you are too kind.  I am in no way a pro!  My dad dabbled in it and I do remember him teaching me about framing when you take the photo.  What I have found helpful is that Green Cay has an annual photo contest.  I attend the judging just to learn from the judges!  You really can learn a lot from them. 

July 27, 2011 11:18 PM
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Judy Klem
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties
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Hi Kathy - How fun that these birds are so colorful and different from any others I've seen. They look like they have interesting personalities, just from the alert look of them. Cool photos!

July 28, 2011 08:44 PM
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Kathy Streib
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Judy- Oh I wish you could see them.  Even when they're just standing there they look so stately... they do stand out from the other ducks. 

July 28, 2011 09:43 PM
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