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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
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.
Yellowtail tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum) male and female turn belly to belly during spawning to ensure fertilization. Temple, Ras Umm Sid, Sharm El Sheikh, Sinai, Egypt. Red Sea. This action is very fast...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Yellowtail tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum) male and female turn belly to belly during spawning to ensure fertilization. Temple, Ras Umm Sid, Sharm El Sheikh, Sinai, Egypt. Red Sea. This action is very fast...
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...
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.
Humphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) shoal spawning in early morning, part of mass aggregation of thousands of fish. Caroline Islands, Palau.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) shoal spawning in early morning, part of mass aggregation of thousands of fish. Caroline Islands, Palau.
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.
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...
Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) migrate up a small river near Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada. September  -  Nick Hawkins
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Nick Hawkins / Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) migrate up a small river near Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada. September
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
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.
Elkhorn corals (Acropora palmata) at night silhouetted by a scientist's light during the annual coral spawn. Abaco, Bahamas.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Elkhorn corals (Acropora palmata) at night silhouetted by a scientist's light during the annual coral spawn. Abaco, Bahamas.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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