In the first days of June, we had the pleasure to present to our guests the most beautiful species of duck found in Poland. Contrary to the title, I deliberately do not write “Polish species of duck” here, because mandarin duck – and this is what we are talking about – is a species that occurs naturally in China and partly in Japan. However, due to its beautiful appearance, it has been cultivated in Europe as an ornamental bird for less than 300 years. Over the years, some of the population has escaped to form small wild populations – usually around humans, in and around cities.
We, of course, watched them on the wild Vistula, but within the administrative boundaries of Warsaw. Since they live in the vicinity of humans, they are used to it and allow them to come close to each other. Plus – it doesn’t take long to feast your eyes on them. 3 hours before breakfast is enough 🙂