Perhaps the most beautiful duck in the entire world, I give you…the Mandarin. The adult male is a striking and unmistakable bird. It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and “whiskers”. The breast is purple with two vertical white bars, and the flanks ruddy, with two orange “sails” at the back. All his striking detail I masterfully captured in a rare sighting last year at a small pond in Orange, California.