Duck photos taken at the lake on Friday.
I wondered if mallards mated for life, and looked it up.
It seems some do and some don't. Once her eggs have hatched, she is more concerned with her offspring and she will drive him off, and quite happily be a single mum.
However if she feels safe she will allow him to stay and even let him watch the ducklings for short periods while she eats. If sent away he will seek out another female and mate again as drakes don't like to be alone. In some cases the drake will attack the ducklings and kill them, so that the female will mate again. These two look quite happy, so I'm hoping theirs will be a long, productive and uncomplicated relationship!
I like happy endings!