Burnaby Lake Mandarin Duck comes out of hiding, puts on a show

Burnaby blew up on the tourism scene in late 2018 when a rare Mandarin Duck showed up at Burnaby Lake.

Since then, the duck has been named “Trevor” and shared time between Burnaby Lake and Deer Lake – attracting a phalanx of tourists and nature photographers trying to catch a glimpse.

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Burnaby photographer John Preissl got more than a glimpse this week after being in relative hiding during the past few months.

You can watch Preissl’s video below or scroll through the photos above to witness a creature some have dubbed the “world’s most beautiful duck.”

“Two weeks ago, I showed one of the cool Metro Vancouver Burnaby Park Rangers the new eagles nest,” Preissl said. “He told me that he has seen the Mandarin Duck again lately at the lake. No one that we know of had seen him since last spring. We thought possibly an eagle got him. I finally got down to the lake this morning and Trevor was there. A bit skittish at first but then swam right up to me and stayed an hour directly in front of me.”

“The mandarin, widely regarded as the world’s most beautiful duck, is a native of China and Japan,” explains the website Living with Birds. He’s a close relative of the North American wood duck–something Metro Vancouverites are very familiar with seeing in our local lakes and small waterways.

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