Walking by the river at this time of year I'm always on the lookout for chicks - the goslings are growing well and there are a few ducklings. some other birds come up the river while they have young as the food is easier to reach than in the waves of the firth (estuary). I thought these two sets of chicks provided an interesting contrast in family rearing approaches
The goosander seems very successful in rearing a full clutch of chicks. The eider ducks create a creche of all chicks which is looked after by all of the non breeding females - not many chicks at the moment. Both sets of chicks dive under water for food so taking a photo can be frustrating as they all disappear under water.