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Coots don’t do mediation. If a pair likes the look of or has already staked a claim to a particular nesting place, then they’ll fight to retain / defend that position.

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Today I watched these two pairs battling over the pond in Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve.

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It’s actually quite a large pond, which should be big enough for both pairs, but these Coots obviously thought otherwise.

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And they certainly don’t pull any punches!

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