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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 21st October, 2021)

Mandarin Ducks


Mandarin Ducks
Worthington lakes.

Photo: David  (Panasonic FZ330)
Views: 1,383

Comment by: Fred Mason on 21st October 2021 at 07:50

Great shot, David.

What a beautiful bird.

Comment by: Edna on 21st October 2021 at 08:18

Stunning photo David Beautiful, this is definitely one for the wall.Brighten anyone's day this.

Comment by: irene roberts on 21st October 2021 at 08:24

How lovely. And what unusual birds. The one at the back reminds me of a lollipop man or lady, keeping an eye on things and showing the rest safely across the grass!

Comment by: Veronica on 21st October 2021 at 08:54

Ducks on a downhill mission,
marching in prescision,
Who knows where they're going,
Could be anywhere the winds a' blowing...
Who's in charge ?
The one at the back looks like Sarge....
He'll keep them all together,
Right up to the last
bill, beak and feather!

Cor blimey I luv a duck!
Great picture...
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Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 21st October 2021 at 09:26

Nice one Veronica, good picture David. I like Worthy Lakes

Comment by: Mick on 21st October 2021 at 10:07

Well done David three pair.
The Worthington Mandarins always seem to be more shy than the ones Ive videoed at Wothington, Birkacre, Haigh, Ince and Appley Bridge.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%27mick+byrne%27+mandarin+ducks

Comment by: Jembo on 21st October 2021 at 10:14

The top male has forgotten something. Lovely photo!

Comment by: Edna on 21st October 2021 at 10:16

So! Veronica, you're a poet as well as an artist.I like it.xx

Comment by: irene roberts on 21st October 2021 at 10:28

Well done, Veronica! xx

Comment by: Phred on 21st October 2021 at 11:12

Mandarin ducks,beautiful !

Comment by: Pat McC on 21st October 2021 at 11:22

Lovely photo of beautiful ducks with such colourful plumage. Thanks David.
Isn't it odd how, in the animal world, it's mostly the males who are the most striking - unlike in the human world!!!

Comment by: Veronica on 21st October 2021 at 11:31

I don't think so girls.... I could never compete with the real poets on here! Anyway it was a five minute composition of rhyming ditty nonsense!

Comment by: Rev David Long on 21st October 2021 at 14:13

Mick - I don't think there are three pairs here - the one in the foreground has a red beak - like the three males in full plumage - and is breaking out into full plumage (see the neck rings). It's either a young drake coming into adulthood - or an older duck coming back into plumage after shedding its plumage after the mating season. The female in the centre has the slight crest of a mature female, whereas the one on the right doesn't appear to, so may be a young female.

Comment by: Edna on 21st October 2021 at 14:36

No Veronica, it was very good, and thanks for the " girls" bit. Xx

Comment by: Mick on 21st October 2021 at 15:38

Ah, well done Rev I was just waiting to see who'd be the first one to spot that.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 21st October 2021 at 15:50

Your poem is very good,Veronica! Compares very favourably with any others that have been on here.

Comment by: Veronica on 21st October 2021 at 15:51

'Bill, Beak and Feather' sounds like a pub Edna....;~))

Comment by: Derek Platt on 21st October 2021 at 16:33

Great photo David. This could be one family, if they do stay together. Or else there's cradle snatchers in their world as well.

Comment by: Syd Smith on 21st October 2021 at 16:35

A photo of one of the most colourful birds in the world and a rare sight to be seen in Wigan, and some folk can only ramble on about poetry.This photo should inspire you to get out there and try to see them yourself, Micks put on some YouTube links to places that he has stumbled across them..

Comment by: Veronica on 21st October 2021 at 16:36

Aw shucks! Elizabeth - nice of you to say so, it's only a bit o'fun.

Comment by: peebee on 21st October 2021 at 17:33

Mick Mainwaring.

Comment by: Veronica on 21st October 2021 at 17:59

I thought the same peebee, Capt.Mainwaring. Does that make the Reverend Sgt Wilson though?

Comment by: Dick Dastardly on 21st October 2021 at 18:12

I think Mick's talent for disguise is about on par with that of Monsieur Leclerc in Allo , Allo .

Comment by: irene roberts on 21st October 2021 at 18:17

We have ALL said how much we like the photo, Syd Smith, and we have congratulated the photographer. That doesn't mean "us girls", and "lads" of Wigan World can't have a bit of poetry and a bit of fun and banter as well. Not all of us have the ability or the transport to "get out there and see them"....that's why Photo-a-Day is special to us.

Comment by: peebee on 21st October 2021 at 18:43

"Don't tell him Pike"

Comment by: Eddie on 21st October 2021 at 18:52

I must say I'm in agreement with Syd.

Comment by: Veronica on 21st October 2021 at 20:05

Syd Smith you could always go and sell newspapers with that lovely photo of the ducks and my 'pome' ... ;~))

Comment by: Edna on 21st October 2021 at 20:15

I take it Syd and Eddie have no sense of humour Irene, sad!! xx

Comment by: Veronica on 21st October 2021 at 21:09

I must apologise before WW 3 starts for my 'Dedication to the Duck's Ditty' It's not as if I'm a Poetess anyway! The real Poets must be on holiday as usually the poems are awash on here. So rest assured it will probably be another few years before the 'urge to dirge ' moves me again. Once again apologies to the Ducks.

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