Stealing the Show

MandarinDuck_wordpress“The male Mandarin duck, native to East Asia, should not be in the middle of Manhattan. And yet, against all odds, he is here. And he is dazzling,” writes Julia Jacobs of the New York Times. This bird, photographed in Central Park today, is a real show-stealer. No one seems quite sure how it arrived but it seems happy to pose for all of us awe-struck onlookers.CedarWaxwing_wordpressA Cedar Waxwing eats ripe berries from a Crabapple tree in the park today.WoodDuck_wordpresUnlike the Mandarin, Wood ducks are native to the United States. They are one of the most stunningly pretty of all waterfowl. Males are iridescent chestnut and green, with ornate patterns on nearly every feather. This one was also at Central Park today – not far from that number one attention-getter.

“Seeing the birds is like touching the hand of God. This is the Church of Many Feathers.” – John Builello