splish – and a big splash

Man­darin duck holds N.Y.C. in its spell

Edmonton Sun - - LIFE -

NEW YORK — It took just days for the brightly coloured Man­darin duck that ap­peared sud­denly in a Cen­tral Park pond to turn both New York­ers and visi­tors into a new gag­gle: the quackarazzi.

A horde of pho­tog­ra­phers has been gath­er­ing daily in the park off Fifth Ave. for well over a month, hop­ing to catch a glimpse of the ex­otic bird with pink, pur­ple, orange and emer­ald green plumage and mark­ings that ad­mirer Joe Amato com­pares to “a liv­ing box of crayons.”

“So many peo­ple are drawn to this bird be­cause its vi­brant, vivid colours are as­so­ci­ated with sun­sets and rain­bows,” said Amato, who comes al­most daily from his Queens home with his ex­pen­sive cam­era equip­ment in tow.

Bird lovers and sight­seers have du­ti­fully doc­u­mented the bird’s ev­ery move through so­cial me­dia post­ings and videos that have noted its gen­tle glides across the wa­ter.

This week, New York’s lat­est ris­ing star didn’t dis­ap­point — with the feath­ery show­boat preen­ing its wings in the shadow of the his­toric Plaza Ho­tel as peo­ple on shore jos­tled for a bet­ter look.


Peo­ple try to get pic­tures of a Man­darin duck in Cen­tral Park in New York. In the weeks since it ap­peared in Cen­tral Park, the duck has be­come a celebrity.

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