NEW YORK | Quackarazzi: Mandarin duck holds NYC in its spell

6Dec - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News



NEW YORK  — It took just days for the brightly colored Mandarin duck that appeared suddenly in a Central Park pond to turn both New Yorkers and visitors into a new gaggle: the quackarazzi.

A horde of photographers has been gathering daily in the park off Fifth Avenue for well over a month, hoping to catch a glimpse of the exotic bird with pink, purple, orange and emerald green plumage and markings that admirer Joe Amato compares to “a living box of crayons.”

“So many people are drawn to this bird because its vibrant, vivid colors are associated with sunsets and rainbows,” says Amato, who comes almost daily from his Queens home with his expensive camera equipment in tow.

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