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Central Park is ‘hot’, Mandarin duck is facing competition from the bustling Great Blue Heron

Does Central Park Mandarin duck competition with a Great Blue Heron? (Rosalie Quinto-Demigo)

Step aside, Mandarin duck: An electric-blue Great Blue Heron is the last bird in New York’s Central Park to steal the show.

A photo of the majestic being was shared on Twitter last week by the photographer Rosalie Quinto-Demigo after they saw the Great Blue Heron at The Pond, which is also the home of the viral Mandarin duck.

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But in contrast to the colorful duck — that is a rarity for the area, because it is native in East Asia — the Great Blue Heron is no stranger to the city’s famous park. In fact, according to vogelaar, David Barrett, who manages the Twitter account of Manhattan Bird Alert that keeps New Yorkers up-to-date with rare bird sightings and beyond, Great Blue Herons can be seen throughout the year.

“They are in shallow water and try to be as silent as possible and wait for the fish to come. As they see it, the flush of her neck and gets ready to pounce, using its long bill as a spear.”

— David Barrett

“[You] might see one or two in the park at a given time in the year,” he told Fox News. But, he noted, “they are never in large numbers.”

That said, the photo of the long legs of the bird probably helped propel to fame, which the news media to cover, of the heron’s presence on the park.

Barrett said the Great Blue Heron that Quinto-Demigo snapped a picture of the not-yet-seen at The Pond since last week. But the bird could return, because these creatures have the tendency to follow patterns,” he noted.

“These birds come back to places where they can find food; they want to fish on small ponds and lakes,” he explained, adding of other Great Blue Herons observed by birdwatchers on Randall’s Island and in the vicinity of Inwood Hill Park.

A largely solitary bird, the Great Blue Heron feeds by stabbing fish with its long beak.

“They are in shallow water and try to be as silent as possible and wait for the fish to come. As they see it, the flush of her neck and gets ready to pounce, using its long bill as a spear,” said Barrett. “If a sling that shoots [her] bill in the fish.”

When they are not fishing for food, this “elegant and graceful birds to watch as gliders when they go to the other side of the sky,” he continued.

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The Great Blue Heron may not frequent the pond as much as viewers would like. But there is still lots of eye candy: the famous Mandarin Duck (which, despite Barrett’s objections were not resistant to colder temperatures, survived the winter just fine), or New York, the so-called “hot bird” — is still floating in the pond next to the less colorful mallard ducks.

Other species of birds, also make their way to Central Park when the weather gets warmer. Barrett said bird lovers could soon be the great white egret (not the same as but similar to Great Blue Herons in the park, while American woodcocks are currently working on making a home in the town of Bryant Park.

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