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During my wonderful exploration of Cosmeston Lakes Country Park on Friday, I went into the bird hide on the west lake to check out the view.

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There before me in the reed beds – prime lakefront real estate to a wetland bird – was a coot, pottering about on the beginnings of a nest, tweaking the position of a reed or two.

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It headed off along the lake unaware that a pair of Great crested grebes had their eye on the same piece of real estate. Seeing an opportunity to gazump the coot, they quickly paddled over.

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Mrs Grebe tried the ‘nest’ for size.

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A conversation ensued. Did it have potential? Was it cosy enough? Did it have a good view? What about the neighbours?

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The property seemed to meet with the grebes’ approval as one of them sailed off along the lake, leaving the other to stand guard.

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I didn’t stick around to find out what happened when the coot returned!