If you've done much birding around Florida, and especially Central Florida, chances are you've seen Black-bellied Whistling Ducks before.
These guys are a little different from most ducks, with a high-pitched whistling (hence the name) and a habit of perching in trees. Yep, this is one neat species.
I took this video in a pond right in the middle of the town of Bushnell in Sumter County. It's been only a few years since I've started seeing them here – usually in ones and twos – but now it's possible to see decent-sized flocks of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in the area. I guess this video is proof that they're doing quite well and the population is growing.
Take a peek at the video, and if you have any good wildlife sightings to share, let me know about it on Facebook or Twitter.
For more information on the Black-bellied Whistling Duck, visit http://floridabirdingtrail.com/index.php/conservation/bird/black-bellied_whistling-duck/.