Before New York Citys Mandarin duck, there was Burnabys

Before New York City\s Mandarin duck, there was Burnaby\s
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Before a Mandarin duck in New York City gained international recognition this week, another duck of the same plumage had already made several low-key appearances in Burnaby over the past six months.

Mandarin ducks are renowned for their dazzling multicoloured feathers and regarded by some as the world's most beautiful bird.

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Worlds most beautiful duck spotted in Metro Vancouver

They're also native to East Asia, which is why bird watchers were gobsmacked when one was spotted in Manhattan's Central Park in early October.

View this post on Instagram                   Meet the Mandarin duck, which is known as the most beautiful duck in the world and usually only found in East Asia. I spotted this beauty yesterday floating around Piper Spit on Burnaby Lake. What a rare find! He must have escaped captivity to be drifting through our waters. #explorebc #animals#naturelovers #bc

Subsequent media reports have drawn hundreds of onlookers to Central Park and catapulted the bird to Internet fame. 

But since spring, Metro Vancouver has had its own Mandarin duck floating idly on Burnaby Lake, drawing the rapt attention of local bird watchers and nature photographers. 

"The Burnaby Lake community has been very Canadian-like and not bothered him too much," said Irene Lau, chair of the Burnaby Lake Park Association.

He has been around since May. The Burnaby Lake community has been very Canadian-like as we are with any unfeathered celebrity and not bothered him too much by keeping a respectful distance.

After speaking with several local birders, Lau said it's believed the duck escaped from a hobby farm, although no one knows which one.

But how did the most beautiful bird in the world get to beautiful British Columbia? Just like with the Central Park duck in New York, we just dont know.

A Mandarin duck was also spotted at Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Park and the Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, although it's unclear whether it was the same one, Lau said.

The Mandarin Duck, as its known, has been causing a stir in the media lately, and among birdwatchers, since it is not native to North America.

But Burnaby Lake has proven most reliable for bird watchers and photographers, who are regularly stationed alongside the water for a fleeting glimpse of the Mandarin duck, which is a relative of the resident wood duck.

"It's just magnificent," she said. "It's wonderful to see pictures, but there's nothing quite like seeing it for yourself."

If youve spotted a colourful, exotic-looking duck thats been hanging around Burnaby Lake recently, you might have done a double take.

If you want to catch a glimpse of the elusive duck, make sure to look up. Mandarin ducks like to perch high in trees.

We do know, however, that the mandarin duck has been here since around May, as confirmed by Burnaby Lake Park via their social media.

Lau encourages onlookers to keep a respectful distance and to be ready to use the zoom function on a phone or camera. Use bird seed, not bread, to feed the ducks, she said. 

So bird lovers, take note, this rare duck is a sight to behold–but be respectful if youre checking him out.

It's not known how much longer the duck will stay — but for now, "life is pretty good at the lake," Lau said.

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Share Tweet Comment Email Copy Link Copied A mysterious Mandarin Duck has shown up in the southeast corner of Central Park. While bird watchers were delighted to see such a rare sight, they were also concerned as to how the bird got there in the first place. The concrete jungle of Manhattan is not the natural habitat of these beautiful birds.

The Central Park Pond's newly-arrived male Mandarin Duck (we still do not know how it got here) unseated the Wood Duck as prettiest duck in the park. Gus Keri brings us close-up video pic.twitter.com/cauqVt4kSK

Zoos around the park have reported no escapes, so this duck must have come from a private collector. Its possible it escaped from its previous home or its previous owner decided not to take care of it anymore and released it into the park. This type of bird is illegal to own in New York City, so if the previous owner did wish to take it back, it would be difficult to do so without repercussions. Its a good thing that this duck ended up in Central Park instead of dead on the road, but other illegally traded exotic pets are not as lucky.

The Mandarin Duck is native to China and Japan, so most residents of New York City have never seen one in real life. Its beautiful purple and green Mohawk and vibrant colors make it a standout bird in the park. After its first appearance, the duck has attracted a huge crowd of fans admiring it from afar and taking lots of photos. The duck is currently residing in the ponds of the park, and it seems to be getting along well with the other ducks who live there.

Via: Twitter (@BirdCentralPark) While its wonderful to see such a beautiful species up close, it is important to note that this duck does not belong in Central Park. Even if experts say the bird will live fine in the ponds, introducing new species into another environment can be detrimental to the ecosystem already established there. This is the issue with releasing exotic pets into the wild without the guidance of an animal expert. Hopefully, this beautiful bird will only bring positive impacts to Central Park.

The duck is happily swimming among its duck friends, and it seems not to mind the paparazzi constantly around. Park officials are watching over it just in case something goes wrong, so the duck and its fans can rest easy knowing it is finally safe. If you see a colorful duck waddling around Central Park, dont forget to say hi!