Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula)
I saw and photographed these Mottled Ducks in a drainage canal off Six Mile Cypress Pkwy in Ft. Myers near the Lee County Sports Complex. I have seen some amazing variety of birds there in this unlikely place of bird watching. Today I saw White Egrets, Blue Herons, White and Glossy Ibis’, and an Anhinga. Mottled Ducks are hard to distinguish from feral Mallard Ducks because they are close relatives and look similar. The Mottled Duck is one of the few non-migratory birds or water-fowl that inhabit the Florida Peninsula. I loved looking at the brown and white stripped bodies of the ducks and their yellow bills. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is worried that the population of native Mottled Ducks are being destroyed by their breeding with feral Mallard Ducks. Go to the Florida Fish and Wildlife website to learn more about these birds and help you distinguish the difference between them and Mallards.
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