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Unusual Duck


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Greetings fellow astro peeps.

Can any of you birders offer any information here ?


I spotted this beautifully marked duck in the Derwent down at Darley Abbey mills near where i live.

I hadn't seen one before and it was the only one out of about 20 or so other ducks.

I believe it to be a male Mandarin duck.

Are they a rare bird ? I believe they originate from Japan & east Asia.

Not sure if it was alone, or if it had a mate ? The females are rather bland, and look like any other female duck (pretty much)


But quite a beautiful bird. I was down there again yesterday (not birding, but 'Pokemon hunting' with my boy) but couldn't see it. Maybe hes moved on.

Sorry for the poor images. It was a quick iPhone job, fully zoomed out, as he was rather shy.



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You are right that is a male Mandarin Duck Rob.


Pretty rare, but one day when I was up near Grindleford I saw 20 males sitting on the river bank.


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