Nov 20 2011
He’s related to our wood ducks. Can you see the resemblance?
Mandarins are originally from Asia but so beautiful that they’re often raised in captivity. Escapees sometimes form a wild population, as they have in Britain, Ireland and a few places in the U.S.
This one is swimming through the reflection of the Jungle Place at the Hanover Zoo, Hanover, Germany.
(photo by Michael Gäbler on Wikimedia Commons, selected as picture of the day for 3 September 2010. Click on the image to see the original.)