鸳鸯 (Mandarin Duck )

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The Mandarin must be one of the most colourful ducks. This male was showing off it's colours at The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis in north Lancashire near Milnthorpe.

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 and during the spring, the females lay their eggs in the tree's cavity after mating. The males take no part in the incubation, simply leaving the female to secure the eggs on her own. However, unlike other species of ducks, the male does not completely abandon the female, leaving only temporarily until the ducklings have hatched. Shortly after the ducklings hatch, their mother flies to the ground and coaxes the ducklings to leap from the nest. After all of the ducklings are out of the tree, they will follow their mother to a nearby body of water where they would usually encounter the father, who will rejoin the family and protect the ducklings with the mother.

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  1. Roy 007 (Theo) 49 months ago | reply


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  4. E Dras 49 months ago | reply


    You are definitely a Nature Watcher!
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  5. Erodgz 49 months ago | reply

    Nominated

    I pick this photograph to be on the cover of National Geographic
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  6. Paul "Avi" George 49 months ago | reply

    Congratulations, E x c e l l e n t!
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  7. PhotoEngLT 49 months ago | reply

    I saw this fantastic capture at

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  8. *Eyes* 48 months ago | reply

    Woah, what a cutie!! I missed most of your wonderful shots, I am sure I will catch up soon :)

  9. Ammar Kevin Eu 48 months ago | reply

    Awesome shot...

  10. Gisele* 48 months ago | reply

    Very nice and perfect shot!

  11. Eva Tc Chang 47 months ago | reply

    I can not believe my eyes! it's marvelous. Too bab that there was only one in this picture, in Chinese, Yuen-Yang should be paired till the day they died, what a faithful thought animal they tend to be!
    But, since the reflection clear as a mirror, it counts as "pair" in another form, I guess.
    I really enjoy viewing your photos! Thank you for sharing.

  12. ~♱~ [deleted] 43 months ago | reply

    wow its so beautiful it doesn't even look real!
    I just love it, fantastic!!!

  13. BrightonSunset 40 months ago | reply

    A mandarin duck :D I love them they look so funny!

  14. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 34 months ago | reply

    This is excellent


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