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Old Willow - Mandarin Pair By Robert Bateman

By Robert Bateman

Old Willow - Mandarin Pair by Robert Bateman

"The Mandarin duck is aptly named. It comes from the Orient and is attired in glorious plumage reminiscent of the elaborate silk costumes of traditional Chinese officials. Some say that the mandarin duck is the most beautiful of all waterfowl. The only other member of the genus "Aix" is the wood duck, an appropriate rival for the title of the duck with the most gorgeous plumage. Like the wood duck, the mandarin nests in hollow trees where dense deciduous forests border ponds, lakes or slow moving rivers.

The distribution in the wild of the mandarin duck is eastern China for breeding, while wintering in Japan. However, hunting and particularly habitat destruction in China have reduced the wild population drastically, and it continues to decline. In spite of this, there is good news. This beautiful bird has been much prized as a captive in collections in North America, Britain and Europe. Through the years, escapees have settled down to breed and now there are thousands found in suitable habitats on other continents. Unlike many introduced species, this one seems to be an attractive addition which is perfectly harmless.

In this painting I included the weeping willow which is also native to China and graces traditional Oriental art. I like the horizontal format with the counterpoint of twisted branches and delicate twigs." ~ Robert Bateman

Old Willow - Mandarin Pair by Robert Bateman is available as a signed and numbered limited edition print with a 10-1/4 x 21-3/4 image size priced at $245. Order yours today. All artwork is professionally boxed and insured and guaranteed to arrive in mint condition.

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