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Young Mandarin Duck

A young mandarin duck (Aix galericulata) and its mother.  Initially I assumed that these were wood ducks (Aix sponsa) but I now see that the mother has the 'mandarin whiskers' on its cheeks, and the white line at the base of the beak does not continue over the top, as it tends to in female wood ducks.

Photo taken in Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2009-06-11.

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