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Aix galericulata - Mandarin Duck

Aix galericulata - Mandarin Duck
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Copyright: Tom and Martina Trnka Dobis (DOBIS) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-17
Categories: Birds
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
Viewed: 3361
Points: 6
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Mandarin Duck
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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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-03-13 7:48]

Hi Tomas,

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.


Beautiful capture of the Mandarin Drake in breeding plummage. I like the framing.

Living near Windsor we have Mandarins here, descendants of the ones given to Queen Victoria which subsequently escaped into the surrounding countryside. There's a breeding pair on The Thames here at Eton College. Last summer when fishing off the college fields we had our bait robbed, literally beneath our feet, by a band of ducklings and their mother. Cheeky little things waded up out of the water and proceeded to help themselves to our maggots and chopped luncheon meat. I got loads of photos, but with bait boxes and rods & reels in the shots, none are worth presenting here. Some day I hope to get a Mandarin drake shot like yours... sigh... if only. TFS

Me gusta la foto.Deberia subirle un poco la iluminacion modificando los niveles de blanco

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-03-13 10:26]

beautiful shot! beautiful bird in great pose! very well done. tfs

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