I shot this video on 29 May while walking around Caldecotte Lake in Milton Keynes. I initially started to film a female Mallard and her twelve ducklings (just for the aahhhh factor!) when out of the blue she was set upon by a male Mallard and then, to add insult to injury, by a Coot! It wasn't until things had quietened down and I had stopped filming that I heard a 'quack' from up high on the wall and realised what had happened, reviewing the video later just confirmed my theory.
It would appear that the mother had taken her family into the' territory' of another pair of Mallards where the female is sitting on a nest high up on the Ivy clad wall and the male was just protecting his interest! It can also be seen in the video that the father of the ducklings is a bit bewildered and isn't sure who to protect first, them or the female, in the end he does nothing!!
As to why the Coot joined in I can only assume it was just a Coot being a Coot and not being able to resist joining in on a good fight!!
It all worked out well in the end though....It's tough being a parent!!