The Florida mottled duck is one of a few non-migratory ducks in North America. They occur only in peninsular Florida where they are found both on the coasts and inland.
Florida mottled ducks have an intrinsic, aesthetic value and are highly prized as a game bird. Also they are a defining member of the unique suite of species characteristic of the prairie ecosystem of south Florida.
It will take an effort by not only the FWC, but all Floridians, to ensure the continued existence of the Florida mottled duck.
This picture was taken in Cape Haze off of a neighbor’s dock…I went to get pictures of another bird, and ended up with this treasure!