Last week we went to Lake Martin for another look at the rookery. It is about a half mile between the entrance to Rookery Road and the roadside observation area for the rookery. We usually drive that distance very slowly, looking for birds and reptiles in the shallow waters of the lake on one side of the road and the drainage ditch on the other. On this day, we spotted a pair of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks wading on the lake side.
Because both were so brightly colored, I naively thought they might be two males. Later I learned from the Internet that the male and female of this species look alike, so I guess it makes more sense to assume these ducks were a mating couple.
Soon after we spotted them, one of the ducks headed farther into the lake and out of camera range. The other duck stayed near the road and started moving to the left,
but then it quickly turned aroundand started moving toward the right which, conveniently, was in the direction we were driving. The duck waded for quite some distance, stopping every so often to plunge its head into the grassy water for food.
I was never able to get a shot of whatever tasty morsels the duck was coming up with. The closest I got was a photo of water dripping from its bill as it pulled its head back up.
Whatever it was eating, this duck was apparently having a very nice breakfast.
The location from which these photos were taken is shown on the map below. Zoom in for more detail.