Black-bellied Whistling Ducklings

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Black-bellied Whistling Duck with ducklings in Lafreniere Park in Metairie, LA (6/9/2014).

When George Lowery wrote the incredible book “Louisiana Birds” over 50 years ago, he notes that black-bellied whistling ducks were uncommon winter visitors to the western most part of the state.  In recent years, huge flocks of these birds can now be found across southeast Louisiana especially wintering in parks in the New Orleans area by the thousands.  This black-bellied whistling duck momma decided it was so nice, she’d stay all summer and raise some chicks in Lafreniere Park in Metairie.