The other day we drove down to coastal Nynäshamn, 70 km south of Stockholm, hoping to catch a glimpse of the mandarin duck that had been observed there, swimming with the mallards in the harbor. And lucky we were!
Mandarin ducks were brought to Europe from east Asia and China by British colonists during the 18th century to adorn park ponds. Some managed to escape and now live wild in many European countries. In Sweden, however, there are only a few specimens of this exotic and rare bird.