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Old Apr 30, 2012, 9:11 AM   #1
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can anyone help identify this bird. some kind of duck or widgeon? im at a loss but it was very cute.

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Old Apr 30, 2012, 10:14 AM   #2
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I think is a young male specimen of "Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandarin_Duck
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Or a female changing into breeding plumage. Looks almost like a female Wood Duck but the bill is not as long.


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Old Apr 30, 2012, 1:03 PM   #5
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Spot on i think Steve. Well done and thank you
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 1:24 PM   #6
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makes perfect sense now too steve as i photographed a whole bunch of adults in a different part of the park later that day
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I think it's either a female or juvenile male Mandarin Duck. It's very cute, and a very nice shot!
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