|Copyright: Sion Roberts (irishprophet25)
|Date Taken: 2009-10-22|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2009-10-25 2:14|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Got the shot of this beautiful duck at the Cotswold Wildlife centre duck pond. It was raining quite a bit as you can probably see from the raindrops on the photo, and as a result had to have someone hold an umbrella above me so I could capture this shot. Hope you all enjoy it.|
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.
The adult male is a striking and unmistakable bird. It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and "whiskers". The breast is purple with two vertical white bars, and the flanks ruddy, with two orange "sails" at the back. The female is similar to female Wood Duck, with a white eye-ring and stripe running back from the eye, but is paler below, has a small white flank stripe, and a pale tip to its bill.
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- [2009-10-27 7:36]
very beautiful duck. I like its colours and reflection
Very nice and sharp details.