Ducks in A Row


The Black-bellied Whistling Duck is a common species that is quite tame in the wild. It is highly gregarious, forming large flocks when not breeding. Some collective nouns for Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are brace, plush, paddling, raft, and team. Since the Black – bellied Whistling Duck is one of only two whistling-duck species native to North America, it is occasionally just known as the “whistling duck” in southern USA. This duck usually nests in hollow trees. Some bird enthusiasts build nesting boxes for these ducks. The habitat for the Black-bellied Whistling Duck is very shallow freshwater ponds, lakes and marshes.


The photographs in this blog were taken in Port Aransas, TX. on different occasions at a location known as “Paradise Pond”. The first two were photographed March 15, 2015 and the remainder on October 15,2016. There was a total of 14 of the ducklings. Ten was the most I could photograph at any given time. The photo #3 scene just seemed like a playground full of little kindergartners running around having a good time. Photo #4 reminded me of my days as an elementary teacher attempting to line up my students to come in from recess.  There was always one or two facing the wrong direction as seen in photos #5 and #6. Always there was a late comer shown in photo #7. Then shown in photo #8 were the ones who always wanted to be the line leader. And, of course, photo #9 depicts the proverbial best friend spat “You can’t play with us”.  Finally, all the ducks are in a row in photo #10.