Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Click, Click Clicking at the Ponds

We stumbled upon a sweet family of fourteen nestled along the shore of the Click Ponds last week. I took a few photos from my car window as we did not want to disturb them. Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are late breeders in Florida, but this seems really late.


I love the stripes on these ducklings. It's amazing how different they look from the adults.


Seeing these tiny little ducklings go bottoms up was too funny.


The birds at the ponds are pretty sparse these days. A Little Blue Heron, numerous Greenies, and a handful of Pied-billed Grebes...


And this Killdeer that was standing in path, and did not want to move.


I walked along the heavily vegetated exterior to see what creepy crawlers were lurking.


There were several of these Gulf Fritillary caterpillars munching away.


Not exactly a fuzzy caterpillar...


I also saw this Gulf Fritillary that was still drying its wings.


There are so many different species of dragonflies buzzing around the ponds right now.

42 comments:

  1. Hello friend! .. Very good and varied images with good colors and great definition ... I love the dark Garza .. Greetings ..

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  2. Excellent pictures Tammy.....lovely these little ducks.

    Greetings, Joop

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  3. Tammy, your pictures are a visual treat :) The ducklings are steal-worthy, too cute for words and there are so many of them! The heron is a gorgeous colour, made more interesting as it looks like it's standing on some bright pool floaties. The Killdear has such huge fawn-like brown eyes. The caterpillar in your first photo looks as if he's doing a happy dance, his pumpkin-coloured body straight up in the air, black hands splayed out against that perfect swirly, lime-green blade of grass in the background. What a delight!

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  4. C'est photos sont superbes !!! Félicitations :-)
    BIZ, Laure
    http://ptitesphotosdelolo.blogspot.fr/

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  5. Great pictures Tammy!
    They are really late these small ducks...
    I especially like the blue heron.
    Greetings / Kenny

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  6. Hi Tammy!
    Oh, they are so qute the ducklings.
    Greetings from Sweden
    /Ingemar

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  7. Those Whistling Duck chicks are cute little buggers!

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  8. The BBWD are some of my favorites! Goofy things. I love the Little Blue Heron! Your insect photos are beautiful, too!

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  9. Preciosos macros Tammy, con lo dificil que es este tipo de fotografía.
    Las fotos de los patitos desbordan ternura, ¡me encantan!
    Saludos!!

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  10. Great photos Tammy, picture eight is really great, also the cute little ducks.
    Greetings Irma

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  11. love those bbwds! cannot believe they have a family this late in the year! wow!

    LOVE that handsome little blue shot. your caterpillar macro is gorgeous!

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  12. Quite an eclectic series, as splendid as usually!
    Always a great pleasure to admire your photography, Tammy!
    Stunning pictures of the Gulf Fritillary caterpillar and imago hatching!
    Cheers!

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  13. Maravillosas Fotografías.
    Un Espacio en el que se respira Libertad y se visualiza Belleza.
    Un abrazo.

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  14. Such cute shots of the family. I've heard there's a new family here in Tampa but I haven't been out to look for them yet. It does seem late.

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  15. Great photos Tammy,
    It's great that you are still seeing ducklings, what lovely little 'humbugs' they are. Insects are obviously still about too, must be your warm climate!
    J
    Follow me at HEDGELAND TALES

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  16. Wonderful pictures of Black-bellied Whistling-Duck family. Really liked the other images too. Technically well executed.

    Ottar

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  17. Love the baby Black Bellied ducks and great butterfly. Your pictures as always are so beautiful.

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  18. Lovely shots Tammy. Would love to see some of those dragonflies out there.

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  19. Tammy, they are so awesome cute, you were great with your tele not disturbing them. It is incredible how they are spotted, and they look so soft!!! Beautiful the heron, so the insects.. but the macro of the dragonfly is my favorite: the colours of the eyes and the sharpness. it's always a miracle to see the perfection of the nature!
    have a nice week,
    Dany

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  20. Impresionantes Tammy, como siempre. es un placer para los sentidos ver tus post. Saludos desde Extremadura.

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  22. Nice captures:) The little babies are adorable. The Little Blue Heron would be a lifer for me. I'm hoping one of these days to see it out and about. You really get close to those dragonflies:)

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  23. Beautiful photos Tammy. They are all amazing. Love the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly!

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  24. What adorable ducklings. I guess I have never seen them that young, only a little older. Great captures!

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  25. Brilliant Tammy, those ducklings are really smart :-)

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  26. I'm not sure which I like better, the bird or bug photos. You're getting some really great macro shots on the bugs.

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  27. Oh my goodness, those tiny Black-bellied Whistling ducks are just the cutest! Your wonderful photographs put a big smile on my face. Little Blue Herons are especially beautiful birds and your capture is terrific. Love the colorful, detailed macros, as well. Always a pleasure to visit your superb blog, Tammy!

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  28. Hola Tammy de nuevo otra serie magnifica de fotografias todas ellas fabulosas.Un abrazo.

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  29. Sitting and watching those little baby ducklings are certainly good for the heart and the spirits. So cute! As the cooler temperatures sneak up on us here in Saskatchewan we see less and less birds. Soon just the sparrows and the nuthatches will be the only ones left to entertain me!

    Wishing you a beautiful weekend Tammy!
    xo Catherine

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  30. The ducklings are adorable! The newly emerged butterfly is a magic capture!

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  31. I cracked up at the bottoms-up ducklings- hilarious!

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  32. Hello Tammy,
    What a lovely shots of all these little ducks. It's so funny to see so much of them at this time of the year.
    The shot of the hungry Heron is fantastic!! Great pose on that plant in the water with nice colors.

    Many greetings and have a nice day,
    Marco

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  33. Oh, my favourites, are the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and ducklings and the Gulf Fritillary, superb.

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  34. A visual symphony that inwardly leaves you wanting more.

    Beautiful.

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  35. I can't imagine raising so many whistling youngins :) Love how you captured the Gulf Fritillary drying its wings. You must have the patients of a saint, Tammy.

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  36. Muy tiernas las primeras tomas de los patos, y buenos macros los últimos.

    Saludos.

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