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Halloween Eye-Candy: Central Park Mandarin Duck!

Central Park, NY

semi-overcast 62 °F

After school today I took the subway to Central Park to photograph a Mandarin Duck which has garnered massive attention following its headliner article on the New York Times. The origins of this duck is unknown because it is possible it is an escapee, but most zoos & private pet owners (yes, unfortunately one can purchase this duck online!) clip ducks’ wings — and this individual can fly freely! This means it is possible this duck is a true vagrant, but we may never know...whatever the case it was easy to find and certainly made for “eye-candy” on this mild Halloween.
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After finding the duck, I walked through the Upper East Side and took a few pics of some of my favorite Halloween decorations. They really go all-out here.
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And a Halloween pooch!
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Bird-of-the-day to the Mandarin Duck, a species I have seen before in a countable (albeit introduced) population in England in 2014. Whatever the case with this bird’s background, it sure was spectacular!

Happy SPOOKY birding!
Henry
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Posted by skwclar 17:58 Archived in USA

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As soon as we saw the report in the NYT we figured you'd be out to see the Mandarin. Thanks for the awesome photos! Happy Halloween and hope your fall semester is going great. From the Gunkels

by Ann Gunkel

Wonderful bird and photos! A friend texted me this morning about it and here you are looking at it!

by Poo

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