Anyone who's ever suffered a few kids will have some sympathy for a female Mallard at Lochwinnoch RSPB reserve who has a whopping brood of 27 ducklings! She's been working hard to protect them from predators, although despite her best efforts she is now down to 24.
The RSPB reserve team will be following the progress of this monster family, which are regulars at the feeding station there. Keep up on the RSPB’s community page.
The photo here is courtesy of Danny Ferguson.