and the drake
Mandarin ducks have always been a popular bird in waterfowl collections due to their decroative and brightly coloured plumage. Of the course of time some of these birds have escaped and formed wild populations in the UK. Many of these populations are found in the south of the UK but there appears to be a small stronghold of these wild birds around the north-west of England. There has been a pair of birds on a lake in a local country park which I recently visited. The birds were going through some courtship behaviour and so will no doubt be looking for a suitable tree nest site in the near future.
The less colourful female