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Ozu the Mandarin Duck, a Food Stand Keeper 

On fine days you'll see many birds relaxed, including male Mandarin Ducks.
Out of these ducks, we'd like to focus on Ozu this time. He goes back and forth between the Waterfowl Pool and the waterfowl food vending stand.

オズ・こっそり

Ozu is very active bird and quite tame. First of all, let's see what he's like in the Pond.....

オズ・泳ぐ
In this picture, Ozu is swimming toward the camera.

オズ・岩
He stands on a rock in the pond, and.....
岩・オズ
.....he looks into the surface.....

.....then, he swims across the pond and lands on the island,
頭カキカキ
scratches his head,
オズ・お腹
preens himself very carefully,
バサバサ
and he flutters.....oops, he shows his dirty belly.


Ozu has a sort of part-time job. That is.....
お店番2
.....sitting and keeping an eye over the waterfowl food vending stand.

You might wonder if you can find Ozu out of many male Mandarin Ducks in the Pond. Let's see how.

Male Mandarin Ducks have a pair of sail-like orange feathers, that are usually called Icho-Bane(Ginkgo leaf shaped feather)in Japanese, during the breeding season. If you look carefully at the bottom of Icho-Bane of Ozu, you'll see the conspicuous white line of feathers in front of it.
いちょう羽

Let's see what others are like.....
オシドリ・くらべ
Other male ducks have only an obscure line.


Second, Ozu has a yellow ring on his right leg. But.....
足

.....unfortunately it's also the case with some other ones.
However, no problem. Here's the third key.....

Ozu has whitish feathers on the lower part of his cheeks.
オズ・お店番
With these three keys, please try to find out which and where Ozu is during your visit. It's like treasure hunting to look for a single duck in a large flock. It is worth a try.

If you don't think you can find it by yourself, please feel free to ask a staff member from the Outer Pond.

遠目・オズ
"Please visit the Garden to see me!"

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