Its an interesting time now to watch birds on the water.
Species are already paired or starting to pair off, of course some pair for life.
It can be quite a noisy affair and at times even violent with birds staking their claim on territory.
The Mute Swan is certainly very territorial.
The Coot looks fairly peaceful here below in the first two images….
…..but don't be fooled by that. Their territorial fights can be thoroughly unpleasant to watch.
The Teal Duck by comparison is fairly non combatant from what I have seen.
The Great-crested Grebe is quite territorial and although they do get into battles, its not as frequent as Coots.
They will make threatening postures and moves like the one below to drive other pairs off…..
…..and having done so will show their allegiance to one another by performing a lot of head shaking together.
The Gadwall appears a little more active than the teal and usually in late winter/early spring will take off from the water and fly around with males chasing females and land on the water again, only to be repeated several times. Eventually they pair off and settle down.
Peace eventually breaks out and everyone gets down to the business of mating, nesting and rearing.