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Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Goldys' Personal Favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-12 6:29
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It is photographed in my neighbourhood at a family who keep water birds around their house in ditches. They can swim freely and have a lot of space.

With a few ladies around he showed himself from his best side.

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.

Mandarin Ducks, which are referred to by the Chinese as Yuan-yang (simplified Chinese: 鸳鸯; traditional Chinese: 鴛鴦; pinyin: yuān yāng), 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 mandarin ducks playing in water" (simplified Chinese: 鸳鸯戏水; traditional Chinese: 鴛鴦戲水; pinyin: yuān yāng xě shuǐ). The Mandarin Duck symbol is also used in Chinese weddings, because in traditional Chinese lore they symbolize wedded bliss and fidelity.

The species was once widespread in eastern Asia, but large-scale exports and the destruction of its forest habitat have reduced populations in eastern Russia and in China to below 1,000 pairs in each country; Japan, however, is thought to still hold some 5,000 pairs.

Specimens frequently escape from collections, and in the 20th century a feral population numbering about 1,000 pairs was established in Great Britain. Although this is of great conservational significance, the birds are not protected in the UK since the species is not native there.

In the wild, Mandarin Ducks breed in densely wooded areas near shallow lakes, marshes or ponds. They nest in cavities in trees close to water. Shortly after the ducklings hatch, their mother flies to the ground and coaxes the ducklings to leap from the nest. The Asian populations are migratory, overwintering in lowland eastern China and southern Japan.

Mandarins feed by dabbling or walking on land. They mainly eat plants and seeds, especially beechmast. They feed mainly near dawn or dusk, perching in trees or on the ground during the day.

Mandarins may form small flocks in winter, but rarely associate with other ducks.

Source: Wikipedia

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Truly wonderful celebration of colors we have here Peter! Great brightness, awesome sharpness detail and impeccable composition! One of your best shot in my opinion! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hallo Peter,

wat dacht je het is herfst dus ik doe maar een herfstkleurplaat?
Mooie foto van een prachtige gekleurde eeend met veel detailing en goed scherpte.


Hello Peter,
Yes, the courtship season seems to begin for the Mandarin ducks! This one is perfectly taken, with so beautiful saturated colours. Not easy to capture, because it is a quite shy duck. Very well done! Cheers,

hello peter
very beautiful duck
nice focus , good details
beautiful colours

Ciao Peter, lovely mandarin duck with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-12 9:19]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful colors and very nice details and sharpnes on this Mandarin Duck, congratulations, TFS!

Hello Peter,
Beautiful shot of this cute mandarin duck with lovely pose.
Great composition too.
TFS and regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-12 10:06]

Hello Peter.
Wonderful shot of this Mandarin Duck. Lovely depth of colour. Crisp, clear and sharp. Good light, POV and composition. Well done. Best regards Siggi

hallo Peter
Wat is hij mooi, die kleuren en tekening van de veren zijn zo prachtig
deze foto is super scherp en met mooi licht
super kleuren en hij kijkt zo goed naar de lens
alsof hij het weet dat hij er mag wezen
super shot
groetjes lou

Hi Peter,

A nice sharp capture and his colors are wonderful.
He looks very cozy and happy!
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • Robb Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 11] (293)
  • [2010-10-12 11:00]

Helló Peter!

Gyönyörű madár, szuper fotó!
A színei egyszerűen csodálatosak, a víz tükröződése,a fények, mind szuper!

Üdv, Robert

Hello Peter!
Great one, my friend! marvelous colors, great POV, perfect focus and amazing, sharp details. Absolutely perfect light management!
Well done,

Hello Peter,
fantastic image of duck with colors and light excellent, a nice picture, regards, Paolo

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-10-12 11:55]

Hi Peter!

It's a festival of colours and superb shapes that you present us here! This magnificent duck could be a model for the next Carneval. It's so colour- and joyful. Moreover, the natural environment and the bird's pose add to the value of the picture.

Simply superb!

Kind regards


Ciao Peter. Magnificent one! One of you best MF! This is the perfect one!


Hola Peter

Que bella coloración tiene esta especie de pato y esas formas llenas de lineas de todo tipo. Realmente una imagen sumamente bonita. Buen POV y perfecta nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-12 15:02]

Hi Peter,one of the most spectacular bird taken at the best,what a colors and what a sharpness,very well done!Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-10-12 17:48]

Hello Peter,
Lucy my wife loves this duck so I will use her words here " incredible piece of art". She meant both the duck and your image, because I asked. Fantastic Peter, thank you.

Amazing colour and sharpness! The ladies are going to love him!

A stunning shot of this stunning duck, Peter! I really wondered if this was a porcelain duck!
This is amazing!
There are shots here on TN of the mandarin, but none as stunning as this!

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful male Mandarin duck. Very well compose shot with good sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-13 6:50]

Hello Peter,
A superb capture of a Mandarin Duck displaying his finery.
The POV shows his feature with excellent sharpness and saturated colours against a pleasing BG in this well-composed shot.
A few have become feral breeders in Sweden but it has not yet been accepted as a breeding species here.
Thanks and kind regards.

Hello Peter!
A carnival!... A color full carnival! Congratulations!
Regards, TFS,

Hoi Peter,

Het meeste is al wel gezegd, dus dan maar gewoon wat complimentjes ;)
Prachtige weergave van deze Mandarin duck, perfecte scherpte en kleurweergave. En een goed voorbeeld voor mij persoonlijk, qua compositie. Heel mooi vastgelegd!

Buen encuadre , lus y colores para esta bella y llamativa especie.
Saludos Peter: J. Ignasi.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-13 14:17]

Hello Peter,
What a great capture of this colourful bird in excellent ligght,colors and splendid sharp details.TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-13 17:01]

Hello Peter,
really an amazing creature. The colours are really wonderful.
You presented it in such a superb view. Sharpness and clarity Thia is a top shot and a very stunning one!


Bonjour Peter,
Splendide publication valorisant bien le sujet dans son environnement par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs sous une belle lumičre et une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

I have only heard of these, never seen one. Unbelievable colours. The sensor picked it all up correctly. It is certainly most lovely. Good job.


Hello Peter
this shot is absolutely great !! the duck itself is a beauty and he have so a magestic pose, colors and sharpness are excellent
i like also the POV and the water movment
Have a good night

great sharpness, TFS Ori

Hallo Peter
what a beatiful pose of pretty Mandarin Duck and its great shot, with vivid colors, sharp focus and POV. eyes contact and reflection also very nice. thanks for sharing. best wishes and have a nice evening

hello Peter

great close-up shot of the Mandarin Duck with fine POV, DOF
and framing, superb focus great sharpness and details,
beautiful colour tones of the plumage, TFS


Hello Peter,
Beautiful capture of this pretty looking Mandarin duck captured with great details, lovely colours and excellent POV. Well done!

Very good DOF and details Peter..
Good use of flash, but usually a compromise when it comes to natural looking color. A bit tight at the tail?
Overall a pleasing image, the bold colors really grab your eye.

Hello Peter,

This must be the most beautiful member of the family of ducks.
shooting has been so successful that, within the frame as if it will fly alive.
Great details, sharpness and colors are very impressive.
Thank you for sharing. Best Regards.


Cette photo est un vrai spectacle ŕ elle seule!! Beauté des couleurs, définition impeccable, profondeur de champ trčs juste! Bravo!


Hi Peter,
what a nice colours of this unusual bird. Great composition! Superb sharpness! Thank you for sharing.

This a beautiful bird, thanks for sharing!!!

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  • juanit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 5 N: 270] (1522)
  • [2011-05-22 16:13]

Hello Peter

Wonderful mandarin,one I would love to see.
Excellent sharpness details and colours.
Am adding to my favourites
Anita & Mike

Hi Peter,

The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colours of the Mandarin duck. The good luminosity is making the colours to stand out. Have a nice day.


Hi Peter,
Pleased to see your wonderful capture of this popular duck in China. Excellent composition, marvellous details, and superb colors! Great job, and TFS.

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