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Published: September 20, 2013
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Specie: Mandarin Duck, male
Location: Warsaw, Poland

The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized, East Asian perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41–49 cm long with a 65–75 cm wingspan.

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.

In traditional Chinese culture, Mandarin Ducks are believed to be lifelong couples, unlike other species of ducks. Hence they are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity, and are frequently featured in Chinese art. For Koreans, Mandarin ducks represent peace, fidelity, and plentiful offspring. Similar to the Chinese, they believe that these ducks mate for life. For these reasons, pairs of Mandarin ducks called wedding ducks are often given as wedding gifts and play a significant role in Korean marriage.

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900x600px 468.67 KB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 450D
Shutter Speed
1/320 second
Aperture
F/3.5
Focal Length
200 mm
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
May 10, 2012, 4:25:59 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
Sensor Size
4mm
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Beautiful! There's two of them here in British Columbia, one at Burnaby Lake and one at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver. 
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They are definitely beautiful birds. :)
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I agree. :)
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What wonderful work! - and I really like the way you're taking the time to give some information too.
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Thank you very much! :)
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Beatifull!
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Thank you! :)
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How is such clean shot is even possible
Omg. This is amazing
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Thank you! :)
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Did you draw that?
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That's a photograph. :-)
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Oh wow
It looks like it's been drawn.


You have some good talent there.
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Thank you!
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Your welcome.
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:D
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wow
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:giggle:
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this.... is..... amazing
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Well... Thank you. :)
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Absolutely Gorgeous photo! So much color and he is soooo cute!
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Thank you! :) Appreciated.
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Beautiful shot and artistry.  Why don't you submit a piece of artwork to APassion4Nature.  We have a contest going. 
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Thank you very much!
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