One bird arrived here about three weeks ago, very shy, keeping to the reedy and overhung edges of the dam closest to the house. This dam is currently thick with Red Azolla, an attractive food supply for these water birds. We realised it was there because of its loud calls, a harsh sharp shriek. It was very difficult to photograph!
Then we thought we saw another bird, perhaps all that calling had attracted a mate? The second bird was more courageous, venturing into the open areas of the dam.
Within a few days they seem to have begun nesting activity, choosing a corner thick with reeds and waterlilies. One bird made much of pulling some reeds and papyrus down, displaying on the proposed site … the other came to look.
And did they agree? It seemed cordial!
I will keep you posted of further developments with the Moorhens, or Coots as we tend to call them.