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 Post subject: Ducks on the pond
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:06 pm 
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A nice mix of ducks on the ponds along the El Dorado golf course - at least 4 species.

Mallards and Northern Shoveler (rust color on the side with head under water) are both dabbling ducks, the will pop over head down and tail up to feed.

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Also two diving duck species - the Ring-necked Duck (shown) and the Lesser Scaup. Both species dive completely underwater to feed. Usually found in deeper water than dabbling ducks. The scaup were too far out to get a good photo.

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Eastern Bluebirds also quite common along the golf course.

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Yesterday I was driving past a grassy verge along a man-made pond in SW Fort Worth and spotted a bunch of coots (mud hens) grazing in the grass. They're distinctive with their black/dark gray shortish round bodies, black heads and white bills.

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This photo comes from a website or blog called the Amateur Birder's Journal. http://www.jrcompton.com/photos/The_Birds/J/August-06.html

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Funky feet on the coot - wonder if they are Nikes?

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