Photo: Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks Peer From the Pier

Black-bellied whistling ducks sitting on logs

Marty DeAngelo / flickr

Our photo of the day comes from the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Audubon describes the black-bellied whistling duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) as a "spectacularly marked, sociable, noisy waterfowl." Which is just about what we'd expect from A) a bird with a name like black-bellied whistling duck and B) a bird exhibiting the plucky personality like the two pictured here. What are they doing? Photographer Marty DeAngelo has an idea, as suggested in his title: "Sh*t, that was our last quarter..." Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group. Alternatively, send it to with "photo of the day" in the subject line.