Moorhen Vs Coot FIGHT!

Last week I was up st the wetlands in Arundel, photographing all the baby birds.

While I was photographing the Moorhens and their chicks, I witnessed a fight break out.

A couple moorhens were walking along the bank of the pond finding insects for their chicks when this coot started to approach them. Immediately all their feathers puffed up and “warning” stances were held.

Adult moorhen protecting her chicks

Adult moorhen in a defensive pose.

Then the brave coot went in for the fight. It was quite amazing the power and energy these birds put into this fight.

Two moorhens attack a coot that is threatening their chicks.

Moorhens fight back against the threatening coot.

After a couple of minutes the coot decided to back away and swam off!

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