Reader’s photo: Mandarin duck in Birstwith


Last updated May 6, 2022
Mandarin duck
Pic credit: Mike White

Mike White, a keen amateur photographer from Birstwith, sent us this image of a Mandarin duck he photographed on the River Nidd.

The waterbird was introduced to the UK from China and escaped captivity. A shy bird, it nests in trees. Male birds have elaborate plumage.

Mr White told us he had seen three pairs of the birds on the Nidd at Birstwith this year.

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Christopher Groom, who was a serving officer at the time, admits making the photographs over a seven-year period.

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