These protective Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were whistling up a storm and making quite a scene this morning as we strolled along the boardwalk. We soon realized what all the commotion was about. . . Mama and her fuzzy little “bumblebee” ducklings were out and about, a time for all the grown-ups to keep a close watch and warn of any intruders.Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are charmingly social, noisy birds, found year-round in several Gulf States of the U.S., and throughout much of Central and South America. They are very easily recognizable, with their brightly red-orange legs and beaks, beautiful coloring, and upright sentry-like posture.And the Black-bellied Whistling ducklings are just too adorable in their yellow and black stripes!Listen to the adult Ducks whistling in the background in the short video clip, above, that my husband took this morning. This hungry little brood barely lifted their faces out of the water today, as they feasted on the blanket of duckweed covering this large pond!