Yesterday I had to take Dee for tests at our local medical center. I never mind going there because it's the best place I know for watching Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.
At present the ponds behind the medical center buildings have 60-70 Whistling Ducks. Most of them hang out in family groups.
Many of the juveniles spend their time just chilling by the water's edge.
By this time of the year the young birds' crests have almost reached all the way to their bills and the latter are becoming quite orange.
While some of the ducks were paddling about or were busy preening, others were trying to fit in an afternoon nap.
However, even the most tired of the juveniles seemed to find it hard to nap with so much happening all around them.