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Specie: Mandarin Duck, male
Location: Warsaw, Poland

The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized, East Asian perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41–49 cm long with a 65–75 cm wingspan.

The species was once widespread in eastern Asia, but large-scale exports and the destruction of its forest habitat have reduced populations in eastern Russia and in China to below 1,000 pairs in each country; Japan, however, is thought to still hold some 5,000 pairs.

In traditional Chinese culture, Mandarin Ducks are believed to be lifelong couples, unlike other species of ducks. Hence they are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity, and are frequently featured in Chinese art. For Koreans, Mandarin ducks represent peace, fidelity, and plentiful offspring. Similar to the Chinese, they believe that these ducks mate for life. For these reasons, pairs of Mandarin ducks called wedding ducks are often given as wedding gifts and play a significant role in Korean marriage.

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Given 2013-10-07
The Mandarin Duck stands out perfectly against the flowing background. Great capture!

Mandarin Duck by ~DominikaAniola ( Suggested by Savaliste and Featured by Anoya )
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FrancescaDelfino Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello!
Your beautiful photo has been featured here
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Thank you!! :)
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rokicza Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
great :D
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Thank you! :)
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rokicza Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
you're welcome :)
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John-Peter Featured By Owner Edited Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Superb! Great DoF, lighting, focus and bokeh. I love the colors and the contrast here. The duck's expression is so peaceful and serene. A stunning work!! :clap:
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Thank you very much. :)
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Thank you very much :hug:
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FaerieBert Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absoloutely superb! I could look at this photo all day. :D
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
Thank you very much. :)
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FaerieBert Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Pretty-Planet Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
WOW!
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
:D
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Pretty-Planet Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
I guess I really like this photo--I had already left a comment!  ;-)
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Superb. :) It makes me a happy person.
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cascadeninjawolf Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That water and the duck are so beautiful!
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
thank you very much :)
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cascadeninjawolf Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome!
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Pretty-Planet Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Lovely!
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
thanks! :))
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elspeth-66 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
beautiful shot, the composition and colors are great!
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
thank you very much :))
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Hurricane007 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Zapraszam: hurricane007.deviantart.com/jo… Mam nadzieję, że nie masz nic przeciwko :)
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
oczywiście, że nie mam :)
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ZANARELLI Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wood duck's color is always nice! nice shot!
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Thank you very much. :))
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vanwaglajam Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so gorgeous!
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
thank you :))
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vanwaglajam Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome. :)
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janernn Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice!:)
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Thank you. :))
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sylverface Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful !
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Thank you. :)
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sylverface Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
My really pleasure =D
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impish777 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
What a stunning shot!
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Thank you :))
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sylverface Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful  !
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Thank you! :)
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sylverface Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My really pleasure  =D
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s-kmp Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
:w00t: Congratulations, this lovely piece has been featured here Raw-Nature Feature 33 at :iconraw-nature:

Keep up the great work :)
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Thank you very much!! :))
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My pleasure :)
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Anoya Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013   Photographer
I've featured your work here: APN Daily Deviations - October! Heart
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Thanks a lot :))
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Anoya Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013   Photographer
Anytime =)
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful! I love this kind of ducks!
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DominikaAniola Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Thank you! They're plumage is amazing.
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome! indeed it is!
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Sparkle-Photography Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on the DD! Great photo! :)
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Canon EOS 450D
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May 10, 2012, 4:25:59 PM
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