Another chapter of “So many babies”

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I stumbled on this muscovy duck family at Lake Morton back in late May. They were so cute. They stayed close together and close to Mom. I rarely see all yellow babies so this was a treat.

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Near the duck family, hidden in the reeds along the lake, was a family of limpkins. There were 3 babies that were very shy. I couldn’t get them all together. They did not want to stay in one place very long. Mom wanted to take a nap and the babies kept moving around.

A little dose of cuteness for the morning.

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Winter babies in my neighborhood

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I was coming home from running errands in late December and saw the above as I was driving back into my neighborhood. Baby ducks eating bugs in the neighbor’s yard. I ran home and grabbed my camera and got the above. They are baby muscovy ducks. They must have been a few months old. There were 10 babies in all. A few days later I saw them in a small pond nearby so they were moving around. I guess this warm weather has produced a lot of winter babies.

Hoody in my neighbor “hood”

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The tiny pond in my neighborhood has a rare occupant every winter. I finally saw him recently and stopped by to take his picture. The hooded merganser was the only duck in the pond that wasn’t a muscovy duck. He usually has a mate with him but this morning he was alone. I hope she’s just late getting in from up north. I hope he doesn’t spend the winter alone in this little pond.

 

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Hooded mergansers are very skittish.  He stayed across the little pond at first.  I sat down on the grass and all of the muscovy ducks came swimming over to me.  They sat next to me and I guess the hoody thought I wasn’t a threat because he did swim a little closer. He never got all the way to the edge or up on the bank but he did get much closer than usual. He also spent some time preening in front of me which a good sign but maybe he’s lonely. I’m going to keep looking for that lady duck.

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The faces that get no respect, the muscovies came right up to me and I’m assuming they were looking for a handout. After a few minutes they just plopped right down next to me. I didn’t feel like getting up so I started taking pictures of their faces. They are almost like snowflakes, no two faces are just alike.

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They got bored with me and started snoozing. It was time to go home.

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Getting frisky in September

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This guy thought he looked good with his salt and pepper head and red accents.

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I don’t know if she felt that way about him.

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I thought for a second he was going to drown her.

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She made it out of the water okay and was shaking her feathers. There’s going to be some late babies at the park soon.

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He was showing off.

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What a stud (for a muscovy anyway).

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Another muscovy was watching me. She had pretty yellow around her eyes.

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A face only a mother could love.

It was mid-September when I made my stop at Crescent Lake Park to walk around. I would think that it would be late for the ducks to be mating but I guess in central Florida it’s never too late or early. You can never have too many lovely Muscovys at your park.

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Late post on babies

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Baby anhingas from June.

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Younger anhingas begging Dad to feed them.

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He’s trying to ignore the three babies. He’s probably hoping Mom is coming back soon with food.

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Actually, it looks like Dad was just waiting for his food to regurgitate back up so he can feed them.

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These parents have it rough. I wonder if the babies ever poke the parents in the throat.

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“I’m next.” says the other one.

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The muscovy ducks were working on a family.

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“Here’s a thank you kiss Honey.”

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A few nests had older great egret babies that were still being fed by the parents.

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I had forgotten to post these pictures of the anhinga babies from June. I had driven up north of Tampa to a neighborhood that had a small lake with a mangrove island in the middle. I had heard about stork island, where the wood storks were raising their babies and finally made the drive up. The island is in the middle of the lake so these are all extremely cropped. It was a challenge to see through all of the branches. It was great to see anhingas nesting there as well. I’ve only seen them nest at Gatorland. I’ll try to get up there earlier next year.

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