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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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Given 2013-10-07
The Mandarin Duck stands out perfectly against the flowing background. Great capture!

Mandarin Duck by ~DominikaAniola ( Suggested by SAVALISTE and Featured by Anoya )
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AveragePhotographer Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
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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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
They are definitely beautiful birds. :)
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AveragePhotographer Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree. :)
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LynneHendersonArt Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
What wonderful work! - and I really like the way you're taking the time to give some information too.
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! :)
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FeatheredTrex Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beatifull!
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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Volinfer Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
How is such clean shot is even possible
Omg. This is amazing
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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sketchblue Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Did you draw that?
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a photograph. :-)
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sketchblue Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow
It looks like it's been drawn.


You have some good talent there.
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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sketchblue Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Your welcome.
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Xaxti Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
<3
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:icondominikaaniola:
DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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Jarilo-Art Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow
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:icondominikaaniola:
DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle:
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cockatielwarrior Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this.... is..... amazing
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Well... Thank you. :)
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Ahopper1996 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely Gorgeous photo! So much color and he is soooo cute!
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :) Appreciated.
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Tsisqua-Ugidali Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Professional Photographer
Beautiful shot and artistry.  Why don't you submit a piece of artwork to APassion4Nature.  We have a contest going. 
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much!
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puuturbaani Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Extremely good picture :D I like :D
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. :)
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Nikithe9 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Student
cute
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes it is. :)
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PapierowySzczur Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
Niezły przystojniak ;-)
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
A pewnie. :)
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John-Peter Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! :wave:
Your work has been featured: Feature II - Wandering in the Nature
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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John-Peter Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Professional Photographer
A magic photograph! 
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much. :)
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FrancescaDelfino Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello!
Your beautiful photo has been featured here
AmazingPhotos #16

Llama Love
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!! :)
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rokicza Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
great :D
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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rokicza Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
you're welcome :)
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John-Peter Featured By Owner Edited Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Superb! Great DoF, lighting, focus and bokeh. I love the colors and the contrast here. The duck's expression is so peaceful and serene. A stunning work!! :clap:
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much. :)
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :hug:
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FaerieBert Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absoloutely superb! I could look at this photo all day. :D
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much. :)
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FaerieBert Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Pretty-Planet Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW!
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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Pretty-Planet Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I guess I really like this photo--I had already left a comment!  ;-)
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Canon
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Canon EOS 450D
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1/320 second
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F/3.5
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200 mm
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400
Date Taken
May 10, 2012, 4:25:59 PM
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Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
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4mm