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Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40-49 points, !!! STOLEN PHOTOS !!! (II) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-27 3:31
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Points: 50
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Mandarin Duck
Aix galericulata

The Mandarin lives in the forests of China and Japan. They prefer wooded ponds and fast flowing rocky streams to swim, wade, and feed in.

In full plumage, the male has a pair of "sail" feathers that are raised vertically above the back, a crest of orange and cream feathers, and a broad white eye-stripe that is bounded above and below by darker feathers. The female is duller in color and has an overall grey appearance marked by a curving white stripe behind the eye and a series of white blotches on the underparts. In flight, both sexes display a bluish-green iridescent speculum.

Mandarin courtship display is very impressive and includes mock-drinking and shaking. Pairs are formed at the beginning of the winter and may continue for many seasons. Although the female chooses the exact nesting site, the male accompanies the female on nest searches. Nest are alway in a hole in a tree and can be up to thirty feet from the ground. In preparation for egg laying, the female lines the nest is with down. Clutch sizes range from nine to twelve white oval eggs that are laid at daily intervals. Incubation is solely performed by the female and last between 28 and 30 days. When all the eggs are hatched (they hatch within a few hours of each other), the mother calls to the chicks from the ground. Each chick then crawls out of the hole and launches itself into a free fall. Amazingly, all the chicks land unhurt and are en route to the nearest feeding ground. Once the chicks are able to fly (after 40-45 days), they leave to join a new flock.

The Mandarin Duck's basic diet consists of water plants, rice and other grains.

Derstruction of habitat has had a severe impact on the oriental populations of Mandarins. In 1911, the Tung Ling forest, a Mandarin stronghold, was opened up for settlement and thereafter forests were cleared. By 1928 few sufficient breeding areas remained. The current Asian population may be under 20,000 birds. One factor that has helped the Mandarin to survive is their bad taste. These ducks are not hunted for food.

The Mandarin is held in high esteem by the Japanese and the Chinese. In these countries, they serve as a symbol of happiness and marital fidelity.

This photo was taken at the pond at the Wild Animal Park in San Diego.


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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-11-27 3:39]

Hi Manyee,
Wonderfull image.very accurate exp,colors and details. just lovely!!
well done and TFS!!

Bellissimo ritratto, Manyee!
Dettagli e colori "deliziosi", bravo!

Ciao e grazie.

Hello Manyee,
Very nice photo and very nice bird. TFS.

Nice close-up, very warm colours. Beautifully sharp.

Hi Manyee,
Nice shot. Very colourful and a good compo.
Could be on the catwalk in an avant garde fashionshow:-)

Hi Manyee,
Nice photo of this nice bird.


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-11-27 5:51]

Hello Manyee,
Great portrait of the mandarin duck, they are so beautifull on colours, great on sharpness and details.

hi manyee,
lovely post,
the colours are beautiful and well saturated,
nice sharpness,
well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-11-27 10:23]

Hi Manyee,
Excellent close portrait of this gorgeous duck with flawless sharpness and lighting.
Good note.
This duck is popular in Europe as a park bird and it now breeds in the wild, including in my country.
TFS, best wishes, Ivan

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-11-27 11:08]

Hi Manyee,

Simply beautiful! Excellent composition!




bonjour manyee
parfait,couleurs , details et netteté extrta.un tres beau portrait de mandarin.
merci du partage.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-11-27 13:30]

Hi Manyee,
This is a very nice colourful duck, very nice portrait. I like the tight crop and pov
tfs paula

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-11-27 15:23]

Hi Manyee

What a superb portrait of this beautiful Duck, perfect pose, composition and POV, the details are sharp and clean and the colours are so lovely and vivid.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-11-27 18:02]

Hi ManYee

Totally awesome!!! I thought you mentioned that you didn't get many good photos down south. If it is just up to this one it was really worth the trip and the effort. Magnificent work.

While immensely pleasing on the eye, this tight cropped portrait is nothing short of an artistic rendering of this exceptionally beautiful duck. You surely nailed this one on the button. The colours are remarkable, the details are incredible, the BG is well OOF and in absolute harmony with the rest of the photo, and the lighting control was really outstanding.

Brilliant work and TFS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-27 23:21]

Hello Manyee

This is a beautiful duck.The way the duck poses and the natural way it's feathers lay really make a beautiful composition.Excellent use of flash fill,and your POV and DOF really bring out the fine details and textures of the plumage.The image is sharp and I like the catch light in the duck's eye.The colours are splendid.TFS


Hi Manyee

A beautiful portrait of my favourite Duck. Nice composition, excellent crop. Good quality shot! TFS.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-11-28 6:10]

fantastic presentation - image and note! brilliant colors, focus! congratulations. tfs

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-28 6:48]

Hello Manyee,
what a georgeous portrait of this mandarin duck. The details and colors are spectacular. Great POV and excellent crop.
Grerat work.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-28 7:36]

Beautiful and delicate capture Manyee with intense colors and dainty composition.

I like it a lot: composition, focus, sharpness, POV, DOF, background, framing, color, lighting, notes.

I don't like it: nothing to grumble.

Another success for your portfolio.
Best regards... Ricardo

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-11-28 12:32]

Just beautiful Manyee. What a wonderful portrait. Exposure, color saturation, and framing of this beautiful bird is just amazing. Very fine job on this. I absalutely love it.

You chose a wonderful crop for this photo ManYee. Perfect in all respects.

Evelynn : )

Hi Manyee,
What a stunning photo. Such a beautiful close capture with such amazing sharpness. The moment captured is so beautiful that it is heartwarming. The colors and the little reflection in the eye of priceless.

:) tomorrow

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  • marty Silver Star Critiquer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-29 20:39]

Hi Manyee
Very colorful shot. Impressive.

Beautiful bird. Love the colors

OK MAnYEe, marked and reported < again >.

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  • Kasek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 13 N: 50] (284)
  • [2011-06-07 4:38]

Very nice colors, looks like this duck really wanted to be photographed by you. Beautifull pose. Well done!

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