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The photo I didn't take

Yesterday, in the park, watching for five minutes as coots quarrelled, rearing out of the water and showing their breasts to each other, diving and driving at each other head outstretched to the other's neck or head, while four cootlings swam in circles nearby. There were at least five adult birds involved in this: sometimes two birds one on one, with one episode where there were two separate pairs squaring off beside each other; sometimes three birds, with two apparently co-operating to challenge a third; and at least one episode where four of them were squaring off together.

At one point when the kerfuffle was down to two birds for a moment the behaviour changed and it looked like one was treading the other.

So presumably this was challenge to mate and actual mating. But we were on the path, too far away for the camera.

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Caroline M

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