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Western Grebe (Aechmorphus occidentalis), pair during 'rushing' courtship display in which they run across water's surface in synchrony, near Escondido, California, USA, January. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Western Grebe (Aechmorphus occidentalis), pair during 'rushing' courtship display in which they run across water's surface in synchrony, near Escondido, California, USA, January.
Sarus crane (Grus antigone), male displaying, Keoladeo NP, Bharatpur, India - Bernard Castelein
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Bernard Castelein / Sarus crane (Grus antigone), male displaying, Keoladeo NP, Bharatpur, India
Cameratrap video of a male Superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) courting female on display mound, Australia, July. - David Gallan
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David Gallan / Cameratrap video of a male Superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) courting female on display mound, Australia, July.
Male Satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) courting female on suburban street verge, bower filled with blue plastic, Australia, October 2018. - David Gallan
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David Gallan / Male Satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) courting female on suburban street verge, bower filled with blue plastic, Australia, October 2018.
Pair of Marsh fritillary butterflies (Euphydryas aurinia) courting on a Buttercup (Ranunculus), Devon, England, UK, June. - Michael Hutchinson
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Michael Hutchinson / Pair of Marsh fritillary butterflies (Euphydryas aurinia) courting on a Buttercup (Ranunculus), Devon, England, UK, June.
Pair of Marsh fritillary butterflies (Euphydryas aurinia) courting on a Buttercup (Ranunculus), Devon, England, UK, June. - Michael Hutchinson
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Michael Hutchinson / Pair of Marsh fritillary butterflies (Euphydryas aurinia) courting on a Buttercup (Ranunculus), Devon, England, UK, June.
Elegant terns (Thalasseus elegans) courting, Southern California, USA, March. - John Chan
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John Chan / Elegant terns (Thalasseus elegans) courting, Southern California, USA, March.
Nurse sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum) two in a courtship dance at sunrise in a mangrove area near Eleuthera, Bahamas. - Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Nurse sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum) two in a courtship dance at sunrise in a mangrove area near Eleuthera, Bahamas.
Tracking shot of a male Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) displaying to an unreceptive female, Barcelona, Spain, May. - David Perpinan
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David Perpinan / Tracking shot of a male Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) displaying to an unreceptive female, Barcelona, Spain, May.
Red deer (Cervus elaphus) herd during rut in morning light. Derbyshire, England, UK. October. - Paul Hobson
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Paul Hobson / Red deer (Cervus elaphus) herd during rut in morning light. Derbyshire, England, UK. October.
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.
King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) at sunrise. Two males and a female, with the males fighting for the attention of the female. Falklands Islands. 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX Peo... - Wim van den Heever
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Wim van den Heever / King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) at sunrise. Two males and a female, with the males fighting for the attention of the female. Falklands Islands. 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX Peo...
Yellowtail tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum) male courting a female prior to spawning at dusk on a coral reef. Temple, Ras Umm Sid, Sharm El Sheikh, Sinai, Egypt. Red Sea. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Yellowtail tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum) male courting a female prior to spawning at dusk on a coral reef. Temple, Ras Umm Sid, Sharm El Sheikh, Sinai, Egypt. Red Sea.
Pair of Waved albatrosses (Phoebastria irrorata) displaying, tapping beaks,  Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. - Sandesh  Kadur
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Sandesh Kadur / Pair of Waved albatrosses (Phoebastria irrorata) displaying, tapping beaks, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
Great bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis), male showing off treasures whilst female inspects bower. Lake Argyle, Kununurra, Western Australia. - Steven David Miller
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Steven David Miller / Great bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis), male showing off treasures whilst female inspects bower. Lake Argyle, Kununurra, Western Australia.
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.
Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) males fighting at lek in the snow, Tver, Russia. April - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) males fighting at lek in the snow, Tver, Russia. April
Male Shoveler (Anas clypeata) chasing other males away from his mate, Greyale RSPB Reserve, Somerset Levels, England, UK, February. - John Waters
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John Waters / Male Shoveler (Anas clypeata) chasing other males away from his mate, Greyale RSPB Reserve, Somerset Levels, England, UK, February.
Short tailed albatross (Phoebastria albatrus) subadults courting, one with fish-hook and monofilament line embedded in throat. Tsubamezaki, Torishima Island, Japan. December. - Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Short tailed albatross (Phoebastria albatrus) subadults courting, one with fish-hook and monofilament line embedded in throat. Tsubamezaki, Torishima Island, Japan. December.
Kottigehar dancing frog (Micrixalus kottigeharensis) male calling  and displaying to attract female by waving foot, Agumbe, Western Ghats, India. - Yashpal Rathore
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Yashpal Rathore / Kottigehar dancing frog (Micrixalus kottigeharensis) male calling and displaying to attract female by waving foot, Agumbe, Western Ghats, India.
Kottigehar dancing frog (Micrixalus kottigeharensis) male calling  and displaying to attract female by waving foot, Agumbe, Western Ghats, India. - Yashpal Rathore
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Yashpal Rathore / Kottigehar dancing frog (Micrixalus kottigeharensis) male calling and displaying to attract female by waving foot, Agumbe, Western Ghats, India.
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
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) pair greeting on snow-covered pond. Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. - George  Sanker
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George Sanker / Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) pair greeting on snow-covered pond. Acadia National Park, Maine, USA.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)pair  greeting on snow-covered pond. Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. - George  Sanker
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George Sanker / Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)pair greeting on snow-covered pond. Acadia National Park, Maine, USA.
Fireflies (Luciola parvula himebotaru) flashing at night for courtship and reproduction.  Gifu, Japan. Composite image - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Fireflies (Luciola parvula himebotaru) flashing at night for courtship and reproduction. Gifu, Japan. Composite image
Female Grayling (Thymallus thymallus) pursued by several males, River Kennet, Berkshire, England, UK. March. - John Waters
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John Waters / Female Grayling (Thymallus thymallus) pursued by several males, River Kennet, Berkshire, England, UK. March.
Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) male during a competetive heat run. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) male during a competetive heat run. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific.
Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) mating dance at sunset, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, USA, December. - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) mating dance at sunset, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, USA, December.
King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) pair interacting, part of courtship, Gold Harbour South Georgia, January - David Tipling
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David Tipling / King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) pair interacting, part of courtship, Gold Harbour South Georgia, January
Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans) displaying to bird flying overhead on Albatross Island, South Georgia, January - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans) displaying to bird flying overhead on Albatross Island, South Georgia, January
Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans) a pair displaying at dusk, Albatross Island, South Georgia January - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans) a pair displaying at dusk, Albatross Island, South Georgia January
Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans) pair displaying at dusk in ritual bonding behaviour, Albatross Island in Bay of Isles, South Georgia January - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans) pair displaying at dusk in ritual bonding behaviour, Albatross Island in Bay of Isles, South Georgia January
Japanese / Red-crowned crane (Grus japonicus) two calling and dancing, part of bonding and courtship display, Hokkaido Japan February - Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Japanese / Red-crowned crane (Grus japonicus) two calling and dancing, part of bonding and courtship display, Hokkaido Japan February
Pair of Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) courting, Cardiff, Wales, UK, March. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Pair of Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) courting, Cardiff, Wales, UK, March.
Pair of Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) courting, Cardiff, Wales, UK, March. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Pair of Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) courting, Cardiff, Wales, UK, March.
Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in a heat run, with six males competing for the attention of a female that already has a calf. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in a heat run, with six males competing for the attention of a female that already has a calf. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga
Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) engaged in courtship, with the male hovering above the female. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) engaged in courtship, with the male hovering above the female. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.
Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) pair in courtship 'weed dance' in morning light, Wales, UK, February. - Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) pair in courtship 'weed dance' in morning light, Wales, UK, February.
Group of Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) displaying on a beach, Gypsy Cove, Stanley, Falkland Islands. - Fred  Olivier
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Fred Olivier / Group of Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) displaying on a beach, Gypsy Cove, Stanley, Falkland Islands.
Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) displaying on a beach, Gypsy Cove, Stanley, Falkland Islands. - Fred  Olivier
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Fred Olivier / Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) displaying on a beach, Gypsy Cove, Stanley, Falkland Islands.
Close-up of a pair of Black browed albatrosses (Thalassarche melanophris) mutual grooming, New Island, Falkland Islands. - Fred  Olivier
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Fred Olivier / Close-up of a pair of Black browed albatrosses (Thalassarche melanophris) mutual grooming, New Island, Falkland Islands.
Pair of Black browed albatrosses (Thalassarche melanophris) display bonding, touching beaks, New Island, Falkland Islands. - Fred  Olivier
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Fred Olivier / Pair of Black browed albatrosses (Thalassarche melanophris) display bonding, touching beaks, New Island, Falkland Islands.
Pair of Blue footed boobies (Sula nebouxii) courting, with the male picking up and offering grass, Isla Lobos de Terra, Peru. - Fred  Olivier
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Fred Olivier / Pair of Blue footed boobies (Sula nebouxii) courting, with the male picking up and offering grass, Isla Lobos de Terra, Peru.
Atlantic Puffins (Fratercula arctica) bill rubbing, Skomer Island, Wales, UK, April - Danny Green
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Danny Green / Atlantic Puffins (Fratercula arctica) bill rubbing, Skomer Island, Wales, UK, April
Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) pair bill rubbing part of courtship ritual, Skomer Island, Wales, UK, May - Danny Green
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Danny Green / Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) pair bill rubbing part of courtship ritual, Skomer Island, Wales, UK, May
Pintailed whydah (Vidua macroura)  male displaying to female, Masai Mara, Kenya. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Pintailed whydah (Vidua macroura) male displaying to female, Masai Mara, Kenya.
Great egrets (Ardea alba) in breeding colours one with dark beak, facing each other with beaks raised towards the sky, Lake Csaj, Pusztaszer, Hungary, February. - Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Great egrets (Ardea alba) in breeding colours one with dark beak, facing each other with beaks raised towards the sky, Lake Csaj, Pusztaszer, Hungary, February.
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