We are witnessing a tender moment at the lake: a Coot is feeding its only chick:
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:
They also have tiny stubby wing buds:
This one follows its parent wherever it goes:
It’s heart-melting, and that’s not just because of the heat.
The sunshine is dazzling and so is this male Mallard: The subtlety of the camouflage of this female Mallard is equally as striking: