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Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) courtship dance in snow, Hokkaido, Japan  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) courtship dance in snow, Hokkaido, Japan
Crenulated fiddler crab (Uca crenulata) waving its major claw at another crab, part of a courtship display, Southern California, USA, June.  -  John Chan
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John Chan / Crenulated fiddler crab (Uca crenulata) waving its major claw at another crab, part of a courtship display, Southern California, USA, June.
Common grackle pair (Quiscalus quiscula) in courtship display. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Florida, USA, April.  -  John Shaw
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John Shaw / Common grackle pair (Quiscalus quiscula) in courtship display. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Florida, USA, April.
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.
Great frigatebird (Phaethon aethereus) male at nest site, with gular sac inflated to attract females. Genovesa Island, Galapagos, May.  -  John Shaw
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John Shaw / Great frigatebird (Phaethon aethereus) male at nest site, with gular sac inflated to attract females. Genovesa Island, Galapagos, May.
RF - Brown hare, (Lepus europaeus) male pursuing female that is in season, Islay, Scotland, UK., March (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / RF - Brown hare, (Lepus europaeus) male pursuing female that is in season, Islay, Scotland, UK., March (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
RF - Brown hare, (Lepus europaeus), male and female displaying courtship behaviour, Islay, Scotland, UK., March (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / RF - Brown hare, (Lepus europaeus), male and female displaying courtship behaviour, Islay, Scotland, UK., March (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
RF - Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix), two males fighting on lek , Scotland, UK.April (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / RF - Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix), two males fighting on lek , Scotland, UK.April (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Brown hare, (Lepus europaeus), group of animals in field, Islay, Scotland, UK., March  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Brown hare, (Lepus europaeus), group of animals in field, Islay, Scotland, UK., March
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
White stork (Ciconia ciconia) pair performing an up-down display with bill clattering on their nest in an Oak tree, Knepp estate, Sussex, UK, April 2019. This is the first recorded instance of White s...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / White stork (Ciconia ciconia) pair performing an up-down display with bill clattering on their nest in an Oak tree, Knepp estate, Sussex, UK, April 2019. This is the first recorded instance of White s...
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.
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adults courting and greeting each other to confirm their bond. Even with the young chicks already out they often show courtship behavior to each other, Valkenh...  -  David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adults courting and greeting each other to confirm their bond. Even with the young chicks already out they often show courtship behavior to each other, Valkenh...
Mandarin duck drake (Aix galericulata) on the water, showing orange 'sail' feathers which are used when displaying, Southwest London, UK, March.  -  Russell Cooper
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Russell Cooper / Mandarin duck drake (Aix galericulata) on the water, showing orange 'sail' feathers which are used when displaying, Southwest London, UK, March.
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.
Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) calling during courtship, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, December.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) calling during courtship, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, December.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair in courtship, on sea ice. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair in courtship, on sea ice. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May.
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.
Lioness (Panthera leo), aggressively rebuffing male lion banks of the Luangwa river, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia  -  Eric Baccega
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Eric Baccega / Lioness (Panthera leo), aggressively rebuffing male lion banks of the Luangwa river, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
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...
Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii), pair in courtship display. Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island, Galapagos. April 2017.  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii), pair in courtship display. Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island, Galapagos. April 2017.
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.
Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), male displaying at lek in tree. Manu Biosphere Reserve, Amazonia, Peru.  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), male displaying at lek in tree. Manu Biosphere Reserve, Amazonia, Peru.
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
Waved albatross (Phoebastria irrorata) pair in courtship display at nest site, Punta Suarez, Espanola Island, Galapagos  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Waved albatross (Phoebastria irrorata) pair in courtship display at nest site, Punta Suarez, Espanola Island, Galapagos
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.
Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos) courtship display sequence. Gough Island, Gough and Inaccessible Islands UNESCO World Heritage Site, South Atlantic.  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos) courtship display sequence. Gough Island, Gough and Inaccessible Islands UNESCO World Heritage Site, South Atlantic.
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
Kori bustard (Ardeotis kori) male courtship display, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa.  -  Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Kori bustard (Ardeotis kori) male courtship display, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa.
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.
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