Animals Wildlife Photo: Did This Mallard Adopt a Moorhen? By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated August 13, 2020 David Genney / Flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species Our photo of the day offers an avian mystery. Upon first appearance, this photo by David Genney looks like an image of a mama duck and her chick. But wait a minute, that's not a duckling! David writes, "On seeing these two walking about together I realised that they weren't the same bird, one being a Mallard and the other a Moorhen chick. I had a look around for the chick's parent but couldn't see it. The chick appeared to be happy enough in the company of the mallard." Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group. Alternatively, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with "photo of the day" in the subject line.