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This shot was taken at Shearwater Lake in Wiltshire England on Sat 16th Oct 2010

In full plumage, the male Mandarin is the most beautiful of all ducks. The males have an iridescent crown extending to a long crest and chestnut cheeks. The breast is maroon with black and white vertical stripes; the abdomen and underside are white with gold and black flanks. The back and tail are olive brown, the upper tail coverts are blue/green, and the scapulars are iridescent blue. The outer tertials are orange and gold on the inner web and form a sail shape and the upper wing surface is mostly olive brown. This sail shape feature along with the white-eye stripe that extends from the bill and tapers toward the back of the head distinguishes the male from all others. Their bill is red and they have whitish legs with yellow feet.

Camera:Nikon D5000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:nikon 55-200
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Male Mandarin Duck
Username:steing steing
Uploaded:16 Oct 2010 - 4:36 PM
Tags:General, Mandarin duck, Wildlife / nature
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JOKEN
JOKEN  5 United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2010 - 4:48 PM

Outstanding in every respect.
Ken

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jeb2012
jeb2012  4 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2010 - 5:03 PM

A lovely capture

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RickFreid
RickFreid  3 United States
16 Oct 2010 - 6:14 PM

Great capture!

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 3NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2010 - 8:39 PM

lovely colour

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 3moiral vcard Scotland
16 Oct 2010 - 8:45 PM

Beautiful colours here. Lovely shot. Moira

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4134 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2010 - 9:29 PM

One of the best images of the mandarin that I have seen, so crisp with the colours accurately reflected. Nice shot, Steve.
Ronnie.

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steing
steing  10 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 - 9:37 AM

Thanks to everyone for your comments.

Steve

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