I usually don't repost my photos but I put these shots on around 2.30 this morning just before getting into the car for a 13 hour ride home from Phoenix so didn't have time to explain the background to the scene.
Usually, these birds seemed to flee from my lens whenever it was aimed at their direction. However, yesterday morning these two males wound up in a territorial fight and didn't care who was taking pictures or how close. They meant business. Beaks intertwined, they wound up in the water where one bird tried to drown the other. Didn't work, thankfully. I don't know if I could have stood by had they gotten around to actually kill one or the other. Meanwhile, four females were calmly standing by watching. Wondering who their next protector would be. Eventually, one of these males flew off.