Mandarin Ducks

Took these shots on our way to breakfast at the 85/15 (of The Farm at San Benito):

Mike takes a swim in the pond by the Reception Hall. :P
Here's me and Mike basking in the morning sun by the pond. :P

And there's Mike looking at the camera while I go peck myself clean. :P
Seriously now:
The pics above are of a pair of Mandarin Ducks we found in the pond as we walked to the restaurant. Like other fowls, the Mandarin drakes are more colorfully plummaged than the females; this is because the color is a way to attract the females for breeding. And actually it was their colorful plummage that got me attracted to take their pictures in the first place, kahit muntik-muntikan na akong mahulog sa pond! Twas hard getting a good shot too, especially since they were playing hard to get..
Mandarin Ducks (Aix galericulata) grow to around 40cms and usually live by ponds, lakes and rivers with wooded banks. Mandarin Ducks, as their names suggest, come originally from eastern Asia, where they are becoming quite rare.
Mandarin ducks are relatives of, and therefore look very similar to Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa), native to North America. For more info on their differences/similarities, click here.

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