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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.

Date taken: 10.05.2010
Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO
1/320s * F/3.5 * 200mm * ISO400

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  • CarlaSophia
    CarlaSophiaover 1 year ago

    Cute :) Great photo

  • Thanks Carla :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 1 year ago

    A lovely image of this Mandarin Duck Dominika – also a spectacular background. A fave for me.

  • Thanks Roy :))

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  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesover 1 year ago

    Love it!

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    – Dominika Aniola

  • LarryB007
    LarryB007over 1 year ago

    Very well done Dominika!

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  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibover 1 year ago

    Are not they pretty! Gorgeous capture Dominika!

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  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 1 year ago

    so cute

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    – Dominika Aniola

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    September 20, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ
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  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 1 year ago

    Terrific capture! Congratulations on your well-deserved feature.

  • Thank you Donna :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Very beautiful work!!

  • Thanks a lot :)))

    – Dominika Aniola

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