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Common red soldier beetle (Rhagonycha fulva) pair mating amongst flowers. The Netherlands. July.  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Common red soldier beetle (Rhagonycha fulva) pair mating amongst flowers. The Netherlands. July.
Pair of Griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus) mating, Andalusia, Spain, June.  -  Simon Littlejohn
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Simon Littlejohn / Pair of Griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus) mating, Andalusia, Spain, June.
Hoopoe (Upupa epops) male and female pair visiting nest to feed chicks, France  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Hoopoe (Upupa epops) male and female pair visiting nest to feed chicks, France
Male European cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) trying to mate with a decoy female, used as part of a scientific study, Bedfordshire, England, UK, May.  -  Brian Bevan
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Brian Bevan / Male European cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) trying to mate with a decoy female, used as part of a scientific study, Bedfordshire, England, UK, May.
Male European cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) trying to mate with a decoy female, used as part of a scientific study, Bedfordshire, England, UK, May.  -  Brian Bevan
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Brian Bevan / Male European cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) trying to mate with a decoy female, used as part of a scientific study, Bedfordshire, England, UK, May.
Male European cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) calling to another male, before flying off in response to a female, Bedfordshire, England, UK, May.  -  Brian Bevan
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Brian Bevan / Male European cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) calling to another male, before flying off in response to a female, Bedfordshire, England, UK, May.
Two male Lawes' parotia birds of paradise (Parotia lawesii) hopping on its display ground, with females watching nearby, Papua New Guinea.  -  Konrad Wothe
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Konrad Wothe / Two male Lawes' parotia birds of paradise (Parotia lawesii) hopping on its display ground, with females watching nearby, Papua New Guinea.
Galapagos hawk (Buteo galapagoensis) landing on mating pair of Galapagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis vandenburgh) Alcedo Volcano, Isabela Island, Galapagos.  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Galapagos hawk (Buteo galapagoensis) landing on mating pair of Galapagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis vandenburgh) Alcedo Volcano, Isabela Island, Galapagos.
Wolf giant tortoise (Chelonoidis becki) two males fight briefly over mating rights. Wolf Volcano, Isabela Island, Galapagos  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Wolf giant tortoise (Chelonoidis becki) two males fight briefly over mating rights. Wolf Volcano, Isabela Island, Galapagos
Pair of Grey wagtails (Motacilla cinerea) feeding nestlings and removing faecal sacs before flying out of frame, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK, June.  -  Dave Bevan
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Dave Bevan / Pair of Grey wagtails (Motacilla cinerea) feeding nestlings and removing faecal sacs before flying out of frame, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK, June.
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.
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) dog interacting with a vixen in an urban garden. North London, UK. June.  -  Matthew Maran
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Matthew Maran / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) dog interacting with a vixen in an urban garden. North London, UK. June.
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) dog interacting with a vixen in an urban garden. North London, UK. July.  -  Matthew Maran
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Matthew Maran / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) dog interacting with a vixen in an urban garden. North London, UK. July.
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub defending its kill,a large Brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) from another cub, North London, UK. August. Highly commended in the Behaviour : Mammals Category of the Wildlife Ph...  -  Matthew Maran
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Matthew Maran / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub defending its kill,a large Brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) from another cub, North London, UK. August. Highly commended in the Behaviour : Mammals Category of the Wildlife Ph...
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...
Slow motion clip of a female Appaloosa horse grooming a male, Bristol, England, UK, May.  -  Ben Gillett
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Ben Gillett / Slow motion clip of a female Appaloosa horse grooming a male, Bristol, England, UK, May.
Two male Southern Pacific rattlesnakes (Crotalus oreganus helleri) fighting during mating season. This behaviour is known as a "combat dance", and is used to determine dominance and the right to mate...  -  John Chan
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John Chan / Two male Southern Pacific rattlesnakes (Crotalus oreganus helleri) fighting during mating season. This behaviour is known as a "combat dance", and is used to determine dominance and the right to mate...
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.)
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...
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.
Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa), females behave aggressively toward a male (second from right) that is trying to join them on a floating log, autumn, New York, USA, October.  -  Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa), females behave aggressively toward a male (second from right) that is trying to join them on a floating log, autumn, New York, USA, October.
Common European adder (Vipera berus) two males fighting over a female. Holt, North Norfolk, England, UK. April  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Common European adder (Vipera berus) two males fighting over a female. Holt, North Norfolk, England, UK. April
Common European adder (Vipera berus) two males fighting over a female, Holt, North Norfolk, England, UK. April  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Common European adder (Vipera berus) two males fighting over a female, Holt, North Norfolk, England, UK. April
Common European adder (Vipera berus) two males fighting over a female, Holt, North Norfolk, England, UK. April.  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Common European adder (Vipera berus) two males fighting over a female, Holt, North Norfolk, England, UK. April.
Aerial shot of Killer whales (Orcinus orca) near the surface, showing mating behaviour, Troms, Norway, August.  -  Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial shot of Killer whales (Orcinus orca) near the surface, showing mating behaviour, Troms, Norway, August.
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...
Pair of White storks (Ciconia ciconia) arranging nest material on their nest, Knepp Castle Estate, Sussex, England, UK, April. This is the first recorded instance of White storks nesting in the UK for...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Pair of White storks (Ciconia ciconia) arranging nest material on their nest, Knepp Castle Estate, Sussex, England, UK, April. This is the first recorded instance of White storks nesting in the UK for...
Pair of White storks (Ciconia ciconia) arranging nest material on their nest, Knepp Castle Estate, Sussex, England, UK, April. This is the first recorded instance of White storks nesting in the UK for...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Pair of White storks (Ciconia ciconia) arranging nest material on their nest, Knepp Castle Estate, Sussex, England, UK, April. This is the first recorded instance of White storks nesting in the UK for...
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...
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...
White stork (Ciconia ciconia) male landing with nest material and joining his mate on their nest in an Oak tree at sunset, Knepp estate, Sussex, UK, April 2019. This is the first recorded instance of...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / White stork (Ciconia ciconia) male landing with nest material and joining his mate on their nest in an Oak tree at sunset, Knepp estate, Sussex, UK, April 2019. This is the first recorded instance of...
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.
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 Marsh fritillary butterfly (Euphydryas aurinia) displaying to a female on a Buttercup (Ranunculus) flower, Devon, England, UK, June.  -  Michael Hutchinson
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Michael Hutchinson / Male Marsh fritillary butterfly (Euphydryas aurinia) displaying to a female on a Buttercup (Ranunculus) flower, 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.
Zoarchias major eelpouts. (Zoarchias major) The orange individual is female, the one in the hole is male. The female has approached the male, curled around him, attempting to dislodge the male from th...  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Zoarchias major eelpouts. (Zoarchias major) The orange individual is female, the one in the hole is male. The female has approached the male, curled around him, attempting to dislodge the male from th...
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 practising incubating with a snowball. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair practising incubating with a snowball. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair practising incubating with a snowball. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May. Winner of the Polar Passion Category of the Nature's Best Photography Competition 2019.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair practising incubating with a snowball. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May. Winner of the Polar Passion Category of the Nature's Best Photography Competition 2019.
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.
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