Duck hunters wanting to track the continual arrival of migrating waterfowl have a new toy, courtesy the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

The agency is offering a live webcam feed of a camera placed over a waterhole at one of its many Delta area Wildlife Management Areas, the first time this technology has been used to give the public a live view of wintering waterfowl on public lands open to hunting.

“This camera gives hunters the rare opportunity to observe undisturbed waterfowl behavior and arrangements, which could be useful when placing decoys in similar habitats,” said Houston Havens, MDWFP Waterfowl Program Leader. 

Havens said the camera depicts birds using shallowly flooded wetland habitat used primarily by waterfowl for foraging. Waterfowl behaviors are also displayed as they interact with each other, and as they react to pressures such as birds of prey. As winter progresses, this will provide insight on how duck numbers and species change, as well as how they use wetland habitats.

The live webcam can be viewed on the MDWFP website at www.mdwfp.com/wmaduckcam.