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BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK

Dendrocygna autumnalis

FROM SOUTHERN TEXAS

In early June 2006, soon after a tropical storm blew through the middle Atlantic states from the south,
several Black-bellied Ducks were sighted in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.
It was never determined that the storm brought the ducks northward and may be just a coincidence.
The duck pictured below was found on a lake in the middle of a shopping mall in Gaithersburg, MD.
Sighting accepted by the Maryland Ornithological Society, 03/04/2008, Report# MD/2006-042 .

I photographed this beautiful bird one dreary, rainy morning a few weeks after the initial sighting.
It was very cooperative and posed as if it knew it was very special to the area. A common duck in Southern Texas,
they like ponds and fresh water marshes and frequently can be seen perched in trees.

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