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Sonoran desert toad (Incilius alvarius) pair mating, with trail of spawn in water. Arizona, USA.  -  John Cancalosi
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John Cancalosi / Sonoran desert toad (Incilius alvarius) pair mating, with trail of spawn in water. Arizona, USA.
Slow motion clip of a group of male Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) competing violently to mate with a single female, Cornwall, England, UK, May 2018.  -  Morley Read
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Morley Read / Slow motion clip of a group of male Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) competing violently to mate with a single female, Cornwall, England, UK, May 2018.
Pair of Western clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) spawning orange eggs on the rock beneath their Magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica) home on a coral reef. This photo shows the larger...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Pair of Western clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) spawning orange eggs on the rock beneath their Magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica) home on a coral reef. This photo shows the larger...
Black-browed albatross pair (Thalassarche melanophris) mutual grooming during copulation. New Island, Falkland Islands, November.  -  John Shaw
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John Shaw / Black-browed albatross pair (Thalassarche melanophris) mutual grooming during copulation. New Island, Falkland Islands, November.
Black-necked stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) pair performing post-copulatory display (as copulation ends, the male slides off the female leaving his wings draped over her and crossing his bill with hers...  -  Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Black-necked stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) pair performing post-copulatory display (as copulation ends, the male slides off the female leaving his wings draped over her and crossing his bill with hers...
Pair of White storks (Ciconia ciconia) mating on their nest, Knepp Castle Estate, Sussex, England, UK, April. This is the first recorded instance of White storks nesting in the UK for several hundreds...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Pair of White storks (Ciconia ciconia) mating on their nest, Knepp Castle Estate, Sussex, England, UK, April. This is the first recorded instance of White storks nesting in the UK for several hundreds...
White stork (Ciconia ciconia) pair mating on their nest at sunset, Knepp estate, Sussex, UK, April 2019. This is the first recorded instance of White storks nesting in the UK for several hundreds of y...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / White stork (Ciconia ciconia) pair mating on their nest at sunset, Knepp estate, Sussex, UK, April 2019. This is the first recorded instance of White storks nesting in the UK for several hundreds of y...
Pair of Marsh fritillary butterflies (Euphydryas aurinia) mating, Devon, England, UK, June.  -  Michael Hutchinson
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Michael Hutchinson / Pair of Marsh fritillary butterflies (Euphydryas aurinia) mating, Devon, England, UK, June.
Close-up of a pair of Marsh fritillary butterflies (Euphydryas aurinia) mating, showing tips of abdomens, Devon, England, UK, June.  -  Michael Hutchinson
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Michael Hutchinson / Close-up of a pair of Marsh fritillary butterflies (Euphydryas aurinia) mating, showing tips of abdomens, Devon, England, UK, June.
Close-up of a pair of Marsh fritillary butterflies (Euphydryas aurinia) mating, shot tilt downs, Devon, England, UK, June.  -  Michael Hutchinson
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Michael Hutchinson / Close-up of a pair of Marsh fritillary butterflies (Euphydryas aurinia) mating, shot tilt downs, Devon, England, UK, June.
Male California least tern (Sternula antillarum browni) presenting fish offering to female during mating, Huntington Beach, California, USA, May.  -  John Chan
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John Chan / Male California least tern (Sternula antillarum browni) presenting fish offering to female during mating, Huntington Beach, California, USA, May.
American toads (Anaxyrus americanus), several males competing to mate with female, Maryland, USA, April.  -  John Cancalosi
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John Cancalosi / American toads (Anaxyrus americanus), several males competing to mate with female, Maryland, USA, April.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), pair mating. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), pair mating. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair mating. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May. Sequence 3/4.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair mating. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May. Sequence 3/4.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair mating on sea ice. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair mating on sea ice. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May.
Ivy bee (Colletes hederae) mating ball, showing a mass of males clustered around a female recently emerged from her burrow, Wiltshire, England, UK, September.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Ivy bee (Colletes hederae) mating ball, showing a mass of males clustered around a female recently emerged from her burrow, Wiltshire, England, UK, September.
American toads (Anaxyrus americanus), several males competing to mate with female, Maryland, USA, April.  -  John Cancalosi
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John Cancalosi / American toads (Anaxyrus americanus), several males competing to mate with female, Maryland, USA, April.
Seven spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) pair mating on Mayweed (Anthemis sp) flower. Cyprus. April.  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Seven spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) pair mating on Mayweed (Anthemis sp) flower. Cyprus. April.
Seven spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) pair mating on Mayweed (Anthemis sp) flower. Cyprus. April.  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Seven spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) pair mating on Mayweed (Anthemis sp) flower. Cyprus. April.
Male Common european toad (Bufo bufo) in amplexus with a dead fish, Lower Saxony, Germany, April.  -  Kerstin  Hinze
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Kerstin Hinze / Male Common european toad (Bufo bufo) in amplexus with a dead fish, Lower Saxony, Germany, April.
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) young male trying to copulate with a female. The calf of the female was in the way so the male is trying to chase it away. Dominica.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) young male trying to copulate with a female. The calf of the female was in the way so the male is trying to chase it away. Dominica.
Alcedo giant tortoise (Chelonoidis vandenburghi) pair mating in shallow pool, with two others resting nearby. Alcedo Volcano, Isabela Island, Galapagos  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Alcedo giant tortoise (Chelonoidis vandenburghi) pair mating in shallow pool, with two others resting nearby. Alcedo Volcano, Isabela Island, Galapagos
Male California Least Tern (Sternula antillarum browni) courting a female, presenting a fish before chasing off another male, Huntington Beach, California, USA, May.  -  John Chan
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John Chan / Male California Least Tern (Sternula antillarum browni) courting a female, presenting a fish before chasing off another male, Huntington Beach, California, USA, May.
Pair of European nuthatches (Sitta europaea) mating, Bavaria, Germany, April.  -  Konrad  Wothe
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Konrad Wothe / Pair of European nuthatches (Sitta europaea) mating, Bavaria, Germany, April.
Wide-angle shot of a pair of Common European toads (Bufo bufo) in amplexus, jumping into a pond, Priddy, Somerset, England, UK, April.  -  John Waters
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John Waters / Wide-angle shot of a pair of Common European toads (Bufo bufo) in amplexus, jumping into a pond, Priddy, Somerset, England, UK, April.
Common toads (Bufo bufo) mating surrounded by strings of toadspawn. Ain, Alps, France. First prize in the  category "The Underwater World, GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 competiti...  -  Remi Masson
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Remi Masson / Common toads (Bufo bufo) mating surrounded by strings of toadspawn. Ain, Alps, France. First prize in the category "The Underwater World, GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 competiti...
Banded demoiselles  (Calopteryx splendens) pair still clasped together after mating, with two males resting nearby, the Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Banded demoiselles (Calopteryx splendens) pair still clasped together after mating, with two males resting nearby, the Netherlands, July.
Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) male trying to interfere with a mating couple.  Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, June.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) male trying to interfere with a mating couple. Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, June.
Variable damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum) pair mating, De Peel National Park, the Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Variable damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum) pair mating, De Peel National Park, the Netherlands, July.
Edible frog (Pelophylax k. esculentus) catching a common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) with its tongue with pair mating on stem above, Hondenven, Tubbergen, The Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Edible frog (Pelophylax k. esculentus) catching a common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) with its tongue with pair mating on stem above, Hondenven, Tubbergen, The Netherlands, July.
Large group of Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) including mating couples - on stems of grass, Hondenven, Tubbergen, The Netherlands. June.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Large group of Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) including mating couples - on stems of grass, Hondenven, Tubbergen, The Netherlands. June.
Pair of Black-tailed godwits (Limosa limosa) courting and mating in wetland, Belgium, April  -  Philippe Clement
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Philippe Clement / Pair of Black-tailed godwits (Limosa limosa) courting and mating in wetland, Belgium, April
Pair of Pumpkinseeds (Lepomis gibbosus) mating, male chasing other individuals away, River Rhone, Rhone-Alpes, France, June.  -  Remi Masson
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Remi Masson / Pair of Pumpkinseeds (Lepomis gibbosus) mating, male chasing other individuals away, River Rhone, Rhone-Alpes, France, June.
Male Common toads (Bufo bufo) fighting underwater during mating season, with a pair mating Ain, Rhone-Alps, France, March.  -  Remi Masson
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Remi Masson / Male Common toads (Bufo bufo) fighting underwater during mating season, with a pair mating Ain, Rhone-Alps, France, March.
Pair of Rosalia longicorns (Rosalia alpina) climbing up a Beech tree (Fagus sylvatica) whilst mating, Upper Bavaria, Germany, August.  -  Konrad  Wothe
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Konrad Wothe / Pair of Rosalia longicorns (Rosalia alpina) climbing up a Beech tree (Fagus sylvatica) whilst mating, Upper Bavaria, Germany, August.
Green-winged Macaws (Ara chloroptera) mating, Brazil. South America.  -  Mark Taylor
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Mark Taylor / Green-winged Macaws (Ara chloroptera) mating, Brazil. South America.
Close-up of a pair of Nursery web spiders (Pisaura mirabilis) mating, UK. Captive.  -  James Dunbar
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James Dunbar / Close-up of a pair of Nursery web spiders (Pisaura mirabilis) mating, UK. Captive.
Yellow-flecked glassfrogs (Sachatamia albomaculata) mating pair, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica  -  Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Yellow-flecked glassfrogs (Sachatamia albomaculata) mating pair, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Yellow-flecked glassfrogs (Sachatamia albomaculata) mating pair, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica  -  Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Yellow-flecked glassfrogs (Sachatamia albomaculata) mating pair, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Timelapse Frogs (Rana temporaria) spawning in garden pond, Somerset, England, UK. March.  -  John Waters
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John Waters / Timelapse Frogs (Rana temporaria) spawning in garden pond, Somerset, England, UK. March.
Red footed falcon (Falco vespertinus) pair mating, Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Pusztaszer, Hungary. February.  -  Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Red footed falcon (Falco vespertinus) pair mating, Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Pusztaszer, Hungary. February.
Red footed falcon (Falco vespertinus) pair mating, Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Pusztaszer, Hungary. February.  -  Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Red footed falcon (Falco vespertinus) pair mating, Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Pusztaszer, Hungary. February.
Female Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) ready to mate, Vaala, Finland, May.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Female Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) ready to mate, Vaala, Finland, May.
Mediterranean tree frogs (Hyla meridionalis) mating on a branch of Quince tree (Cydonia oblonga) Var, Provence, France, April.  -  Pascal Pittorino
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Pascal Pittorino / Mediterranean tree frogs (Hyla meridionalis) mating on a branch of Quince tree (Cydonia oblonga) Var, Provence, France, April.
Mining bee (Andrena) male and female mating on flower, Var, Provence, France, April.  -  Pascal Pittorino
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Pascal Pittorino / Mining bee (Andrena) male and female mating on flower, Var, Provence, France, April.
Common frogs (Rana temporaria) mating surrounded by spawn in pond, West Runton North Norfolk, England, UK, March.  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Common frogs (Rana temporaria) mating surrounded by spawn in pond, West Runton North Norfolk, England, UK, March.
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) male and female copulating, Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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Cyril Ruoso / Bonobo (Pan paniscus) male and female copulating, Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of Congo
Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans), engaged in mating display. South Georgia Island, Southern Ocean.  -  Chris & Monique Fallows
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Chris & Monique Fallows / Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans), engaged in mating display. South Georgia Island, Southern Ocean.
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