"One touch of nature makes
the whole world kin."
~ William Shakespeare
This female mallard brooding her eight ducklings after a dip in the pond is a sweet sight on a spring evening at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania, as a white feather and reflections of clouds roll by in the water.
Female mallards brood their young regularly, particularly at night, as they easily chill. Brooding also keeps them safe.