Sharing a very small island is easier when the water which surrounds it is your natural habitat. The pair of mallards dozing in the sun on a nest of twigs look a picture of domestic contentment.  In reality male mallards are far from devoted partners or parents.  The coot is alert and on watch, guarding the island or maybe just watching for a likely snack.

 

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This small heap of rocks in not far from the shore in Lac Daumesnil, an artificial lake in the Bois de Vincennes.  It is developing something of the character of a miniature island with a small ash tree rooted among the rocks.  Broken off once, the sapling is sending up a thicket of healthy new shoots from the base.

(Click on the lower image for a closer view)