Ring-necked Ducks

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The ring-necked duck (aythya collaris) is a short to medium range migrant that prefers small bodies of water like beaver ponds, cattle ponds, small lakes, marshes of flooded agricultural fields.It can be found from northern Canada to Central America and the Caribbean. During their fall migration, they sometimes form flocks of up to several hundred thousand, converging on certain lakes in Minnesota to feed on wild rice.

The ring-necked duck are omnivores,feeding mainly on invertebrates and submerged aquatic vegetation. Like most birds, they feed mostly on animal matter, like insects, crustaceans, etc., during breeding season for the increased protein, and plant foods during migration.

They nest on the ground and dive in shallow water usually no more than four feet deep..

Swimming Ring-Necks

A pair of ring-necked ducks swim in Lakeland, Florida's Lake Morton.

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Male Ring-necked Duck On Lake Morton

Male ring-necked duck swimming on Lakeland, Florida's Lake Morton.

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Female Ring-necked Duck On Lake Morton

A female Ring-necked duck swimming on Lakeland, Florida's Lake Morton.

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Ring-Necked Duck Trio

A male and two female ring-necked ducks swim in the marshes around the north end of Lake Apopka in central, Florida.

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Female Ring-Necked Duck

A female ring-necked duck with its reflection as it floats on Lakeland, Florida's Lake Morton in late March. Although known for its swans, Lake Morton draws many different types of water fowl.

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Ring-Necked Trio

On a late March morning, three ring-necked ducks, one male and two females, move easily across the waters of Lakeland, Florida's Lake Morton in search of breakfast.

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I'll tell You When its Your Turn

Swans and ducks at feeding time on Lake Morton in Lakeland, Florida.

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Awash With Ducks

Ring necked ducks caught in feeding frenzy at feeding station on Lake Morton in Lakeland, Florida.

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Ladies First.

Ring necked ducks wait to try to get some leftovers after the swans finish at one of the feeding stations on Lake Morton in Lakeland, Florida.

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Male Ring Neck

A male ring-necked duck beside the Lake Apopka North Shore Wildlife Drive in Orange County, Florida.

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Wintering Ring-Neck

A male ring-necked duck winters on Lakeland, Florida's Lake Morton.

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Female Ring-Neck

A female ring-necked duck swims on Lakeland, Florida's Lake Morton.

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