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Mandarin Duck - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mandarin

The RSPB say there are 2,300 breeding pairs of Aix galericulata, the Mandarin Duck, in the UK. I’m very glad about that. …

Mandarin Duck - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mandarin

There’s a male Mandarin Duck, Aix galericulata, steaming towards me over the lake: It’s hard to imagine the evolutionary pressures which have …

Male Mandarin Duck - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey

Male Mandarin

Mandarins are so spectacular it’s hard to believe they’re real, but, as with everything in the natural world, it’s more spectacular than …

Mandarin Duck - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Ducks are one of the most spectacular birds in existence. They are originally from the Far East and were introduced to …

Wood Duck at Villa Pamphilj - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Wood Duck would duck

There’s a Wood Duck in the park at Villa Doria Pamphilj. I’ve not seen one before. I won’t forget seeing one: Aren’t …

Male Mandarin - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Curious behaviour

There’s a beautiful pair of Mandarin Ducks on the pond. It’s worrying me though that there seems to be something wrong with …

Mandarin Duck - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

“My boyfriend is hotter than me”

Female Mandarin Ducks are stunningly beautiful birds. Yet, because their plumage is so subtle, their crest so sleek and their male counterparts …