I did a coastal birding trip over the holidays and was surprised to find
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at the Altamaha WMA on two occasions.
I saw them on Sunday evening on Butler Island. I noticed a large flock
of large ducks flying with a distinct white upper wing pattern. They
were also making a sort of whistling noise as they flew. They flew
around the ponds a couple of times and then landed on the large, white,
colonel style home at the Northeast end of the ponds. At that time I
went down to the
house and counted around 20 of them on top of the house. They were
still there when I left.
I returned to do more birding there on Tuesday evening and saw a small
flock of five ducks. They also flew down to the same house and landed.
They did not stay there long and
flew off as I went down there with my spotting scope. Other good birds
included 2 Least Bitterns and 2 Purple Gallinules. Needless to say, the
Whistling Ducks were the highlight of my trip.
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