|Gordon searches for something rare on his birthday!|
Mandarin Ducks are found in east Asia but their populations are in decline in countries like Russia and China. Japan has a healthy population at about 5000 pairs. In the US, these birds found in the wild are considered either part of isolated feral populations or birds who have "escaped". There is a small population in Sonoma, California and it is quite possible that their range is expanding according to recent reports. Either way, this is one beautiful duck! It's closely related to our Wood Ducks here in the US.
|Persimmons Fruit-variety Fuyu|
And when it's dark outside, I sit back and reflect on those exciting challenges that have happened over this past year.
I'm not finished yet, but for now, I sit back and enjoy the wonders of the wild. And this beautiful piece of owl art from my friend Kathie Brown!!! This is simply awesome! Thank you!! And below, I have taken some video of these two rare and special birds. Until next time!
The post title means, "A Light Heart Lives Long". It's Mandarin for Mandarin:)