One of the male pochards having a rest
The coots are behaving remarkably well this year. There seems to be no competition for nesting space so there are fewer fights. Coots are querulous creatures and often get tetchy with each other but our pair haven't had many 'domestics' this season so far.
One of the coots guarding the nest box
Whenever either coot hears the patio door open or sees us on the deck they rush back to their nest to defend it from us. This one is keeping a beady eye on me because it saw me open the door. Once it had decided that I wasn't up to mischief it relaxed and climbed into the nest box.
Coot entering the box