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A drake Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) was found in Akureyri. This is a rare vagrant in Iceland and the first time I see one. I am not a avid birder who drives hundreds of kilometers to find vagrants, I am more into the photography side of birding, but this was an opportunity too tempting to pass. Actually too easy to pass, since the bird was spotted in a two minute walking distance from my home. This is a beautiful bird which made the frontpage of one of our major newspapers today. That´s how seldom we see this vagrant. Most think it´s a April´s fools day trick, but no – it´s not. It´s just a strange visitor who is probably far away from home.

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A drake Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) in Akureyri.
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A drake Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) in Akureyri.
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A drake Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) in Akureyri.
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A drake Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) in Akureyri.
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A drake Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) in Akureyri.

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