Tender moments

We are witnessing a tender moment at the lake: a Coot is feeding its only chick:

Coot - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It is picking morsels of food and with extreme delicacy and precision is letting the chick grab and gulp them down.

The chicks are very distinctive, with their strange fluffy black bodies and their red and yellow head feathers:

Coot - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They also have tiny stubby wing buds:

Coot - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

This one follows its parent wherever it goes:

Coot - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It’s heart-melting, and that’s not just because of the heat.

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