A wake comes in the aftermath of an action or event. The wake of a ship or even a small boat in the water is the area of recirculating water behind it as it moves through the water. We observe the wake as anything from a minimal flow of water in an ever-widening pattern, or as ripples. The movement of water birds has a similar effect:

A Red-billed Teal creating an ever-widening wake on the otherwise smooth surface of the water.

Here it is seen from a different angle.

A Little Grebe goes round in circles.

A perfect example of following in the wake is this African Spoonbill following in the wake of the Yellow-billed Duck, taking advantage of the churned up water to find food.

Finally, this is what happened to the perfect reflection of the Black-headed Heron when the ripples finally fanned out in its direction.

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