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Taken at Mogens' favourite spot by the bridge. Usually, I'm too lazy to walk that far, but yesterday was sunny and warm, so we ambled around and eventually ended up down there. Right here the mallards and coots are much more used to humans than by our local pond, they even get onto dry land to collect the bread, so it was well worth the walk. Also because I saw a species I've never seen before - shame on me, because they're listed as "common"..

I don't know what triggered the argument, maybe Mr. Mallard made a pass at Mr. Moorhens wife ;-), or maybe he made a pass at his food or territory - my usual lookup page has the following on moorhens: "Common moorhen will guard his territory zealously. The males fight using their bills and feet, and the fight may be so violent, that one of them ends up with a broken leg".

Anyway, when I noticed the argument Mr. Moorhen was sitting on Mr. Mallard's back and giving him a sound beating (notice the worried look in Mr. Mallard's eye), which is rather impressive when taken into consideration the size difference between the two:
Common Moorhen (Gallinula Chloropus): Length: 27-31 cm, weight 250-350 gram, wingspan 50-55 cm
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos): Length: 50-60 cm, weight 900-1500 gram, wingspan 81-95 cm.

Eventually, Mr. Mallard got away from his agitated opponent and made it safely into calmer waters, and Mr. Moorhen made off to rejoin his wife. A little later I saw them cuddling in the water ;-)
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