Three pairs of mandarin ducks were up at Stover Park yesterday.
Not as ‘wild’ as they would be seen furtively flicking around Hembury Woods next to the Dart river. Here in Stover they seemed in a semi-captive state (although they’re not obviously, because they can take off to wherever they want)
Mandarins do a lot of what looks like ceremonial head bowing. You can tell they’re a non native ‘Oriental’ bird.
The male mandarin is one of the best dressed ducks imaginable. The fine tailoring that has gone into his suit is immaculate, exquisite.
Words & Vid: Ian Nisbet