Sunday, March 21, 2010
Mandrain Duck 鴛鴦戲水
The population of this species of duck is decline very day due to deforesting, and destruction of forest habitat. It is believe there is less than 1000 pairs. Sadly, this beautiful Mandarin Duck is still not under the protection Act in most countries, including China.
Unlike other species of ducks, most Mandarin drakes reunite with the female duck they mated with along with their offsprings after the eggs have hatched and even share scout duties in watching the ducklings closely.
A folk tale described this everlasting bond between mandarin ducks. This folktale begins with a feudal lord capturing a mandarin duck for its beautiful plumage. The duck, separated from its mate, is utterly miserable and slowly starts to die of loneliness.