New Yorkers captivated by colorful duck
It took just days for the brightly colored Mandarin duck that appeared suddenly in a Central Park pond to turn both New Yorkers and visitors into quackarazzi. A horde of photographers has been gathering daily in the park for well over a month, hoping to catch a glimpse of the exotic bird with pink, purple, orange and emerald green plumage and markings. Ornithologist Paul Sweet, who heads a vast collection of bird specimens at the American Museum of Natural History, says there’s nothing special about a Mandarin duck in Central Park. Such ducks are often imported from Asia for use on private property. From time to time, they escape into the wild.