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Posted by: atowhee | October 31, 2018

CHINESE TARIFFS DON’T STOP MANDARIN INVASION OF NEW YORK CITY

Trump’s touted border patrolling has failed again.  An exotic Chinese duck has appeared in New York’s Central Park, without any known visa or passport.  The duck’s true origin is yet unknown. Click here to read about excited birders and photographers.

The Mandarin’s American cousin is our Wood Duck, also gloriously showy in male breeding plumage though more understated than the male Mandarin, easily the showiest of all wild ducks.

MANDARIN GALLERY

Here are pictures I took a few years ago…of Mandarins, now successful in many of London’s city parks, breeding in the urban wilds, dabbling in canals and ponds that look frighteningly unclean.  Perfect fit for the environment we people have created.

Most of these images came from Beckenham in south London where the Mandarins numbered over sixty in the city park.

Best of all is this painting of a pair of Mandarins that showed up briefly in Ashland some years ago.  By my friend and artist, Kirk Gooding:MANDARIN ART

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