RE: Coot Photoshoot : Featuring Mama Coot
You can easily guess what the season there is, the birds are buildings nests and laying eggs, so that the little's are strong enough by autumn time.
You are right it is unusual to find the coots so close to paths and not away where they would be more protected. Hopefully they will not loose any of those little chicks.
Wonderful photographs of a wild nature that is just at our doorstep.