|Red necked grebe and chick|
Family. A parent spending quality time with their young. I can imagine things the fledgling might be saying in this shot. "Let's go around again, mom." or "I love going for a ride with you." Likewise, the adult is enjoying the moment too, giving its offspring a shoulder ride, as it were. But it goes deeper than this, because in the background is the other parent. Watching, enjoying, looking for danger, waiting to take their turn with junior. Out for a beautiful day in the park, the family is basking in the sun and being rewarded with a memory that will stick with them forever.
The chick grows quickly, in only weeks it will be diving for fish on its own without having to rely on mom or dad for food. But even then, the folks are not far away. Danger always lurks in the wild and it is up to them to be sure their progeny grows to adulthood. Summer will wane and the infant will grow up to become an adult in its own right. A mate will be found and another feathered miracle will enter the world. And just think, a small chick will ride on their back and he or she will look back and remember how it was with them. Family.