Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata swimmingby the edge of a rocky pool:Lancashire

- Image ID: B45HCK
Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata swimmingby the edge of a rocky pool:Lancashire
gary tack / Alamy Stock Photo
Image ID: B45HCK
The orange head and ‘sails’ and especially the dramatic, tapering white eye-stripe makes the male unmistakeable. The female is also distinctive with her grey head, pink bill and heavily spotted breast and flanks but you have to check that she’s not a female Wood Duck, another species which sometimes escapes from captivity. The key thing to look at is the shape of the white marking around each eye. In Mandarin Duck this extends backwards from the eye in a long, narrow tapering line, like the outline of white spectacle frames, but in Wood Duck it is shorter, broader and more blunt.
Location: Martin Mere nature reserve Rufford lancashire UK