Aix galericulata - Mandarin Duck
|Copyright: Tom and Martina Trnka Dobis (DOBIS)
|Date Taken: 2007-02-17|
|Camera: Canon 400D, Canon 75-300mm f4-5.6, ND4|
|Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-03-13 6:48|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41-49 cm long with a 65-75 cm wingspan.
Mandarin Ducks, which are referred to by the Chinese as Yin-Yang ducks, are frequently featured in Oriental art and are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity. A Chinese proverb for loving couples uses the Mandarin Duck as a metaphor: "Two swimming mandarin ducks". The Mandarin Duck symbol is also used in Chinese weddings, because in traditional Chinese lore they symbolize wedded bliss and fidelity. In reality, though, the ducks find new partners each year.
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- [2007-03-13 7:48]
a great overall presentation, the markings and colours of this bird are quite striking and you've shown them well here.
There's a small group of these in a large pond in the forest near me, (escapees i believe) so i think i might have to go and check them out! Thanks for reminding me, and thanks for sharing a lovely shot.
Me gusta la foto.Deberia subirle un poco la iluminacion modificando los niveles de blanco
- [2007-03-13 10:26]
beautiful shot! beautiful bird in great pose! very well done. tfs