Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Much ado about nothing..

 

Walking around Hyde Park yesterday in search of a new winter header shot there was a right kerfuffle going on in the lake. The face off between a dusky moorhen, red beak yellow tip, and an Eurasian coot, white beak, went downhill fast when the moorhen called in support from family, leaving the pugnacious coot defending it's feeding spot heavily outnumbered. Not so sharp shots as there was lots of vigorous flappy action but fascinating to watch nonetheless. The coot deciding three to one were not good odds swam off, perhaps to recruit help :) Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe.. P.s enjoyed the colours in the water in these shots..


 

23 comments:

  1. ...splashing in the water on this 30C+ day looks good to me!!!

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  2. Coots and Moorhens can seldom live happily side-by-side.

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  3. You got there at the right time for the big fight.

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  4. Dearest Grace,
    They all have to fend for their food source...
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  5. Great action shots, Grace. When's the rematch? :)

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  6. It is a bird eat bird world out there! So much action, Grace!

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  7. How exciting to see it through your eyes dear!

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  8. What fun to see. I recently watched a magpie and corella fight over perching space on a tv antenna. The magpie won.

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  9. Those coots can be very fierce birds in terms of territory boundaries and sometimes this continues until one of them is left dead.

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  10. Those two look so much alike except for the different colours on the beaks. Who new birds would discriminate?

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  11. I guess no one taught them to share😆

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  12. The wars of the birds, lol. Nice pictures Grace :)

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  13. Interesting storyline I wonder if more recruits did respond later, just maybe! Playful games between them at any rate! Pretty capture of the water too!

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  14. You have to admire the Coot's determination. It really is so much fun to watch birds.

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  15. I actually came to see Monday Murals, but got stopped by this fight. At first, I thought the moorhens were black swans until I read what they really were.

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  16. Oops, not happy birds but they got sorted out. Great photos. Cheers Diane

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  17. Lovely looking birds, I'd have to see if we have them here but I don't think so.

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  18. Grace, well captured!
    It´s a hard life.... Oh, great, you just gave me Freddie!

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  19. I would very much have enjoyed witnessing this little drama!

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  20. The reflection is beautiful.
    I'll take a shot even if birds not exists... ;)

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