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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.
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...
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
Aerial shot of Killer whales (Orcinus orca) near the surface, showing mating behaviour including a male Killer whale displaying penis, Troms, Norway, August. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial shot of Killer whales (Orcinus orca) near the surface, showing mating behaviour including a male Killer whale displaying penis, Troms, Norway, August.
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...
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Group of Barbels (Barbus barbus) spawning, River Rhone, Rhone-Alpes, France, April. - Remi Masson
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Remi Masson / Group of Barbels (Barbus barbus) spawning, River Rhone, Rhone-Alpes, France, 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...
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.
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.
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
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