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Lesser flamingos {Phoeniconaias minor} performing 'wing salute' as part of courtship display, the wings are spread out to the side of the body and held in this position for several seconds, making the...  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Lesser flamingos {Phoeniconaias minor} performing 'wing salute' as part of courtship display, the wings are spread out to the side of the body and held in this position for several seconds, making the...
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
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
Black necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) pair performing their courtship ritual. This early in the breeding season one of the grebes is still in its winter plumage. The Netherlands.April 2014  -  David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Black necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) pair performing their courtship ritual. This early in the breeding season one of the grebes is still in its winter plumage. The Netherlands.April 2014
Black necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) pair running over the water surface together as a part of their courtship ritual. This early in the breeding season, one of the birds is still in its winter p...  -  David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Black necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) pair running over the water surface together as a part of their courtship ritual. This early in the breeding season, one of the birds is still in its winter p...
Chukchi girls, with their family's ancestral clan mark painted in reindeer blood on their face, a ritual during the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer' during which young reindeer are sacrificed....  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Chukchi girls, with their family's ancestral clan mark painted in reindeer blood on their face, a ritual during the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer' during which young reindeer are sacrificed....
Gannet (Morus bassanus) breeding pair during part of their elaborate courtship ritual. Saltee Islands, Republic of Ireland, May.  -  Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Gannet (Morus bassanus) breeding pair during part of their elaborate courtship ritual. Saltee Islands, Republic of Ireland, May.
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair performing courtship display at dawn, backlit with surrounding by mist, Cheshire, UK, March  -  Ben  Hall
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Ben Hall / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair performing courtship display at dawn, backlit with surrounding by mist, Cheshire, UK, March
Prostrator about to perform body-length prostrations over the entire length of the circumambulation around Mount Kailash. The pilgrim bends down, kneels, prostrates full-length, makes a mark with his...  -  Ben Lascelles
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Ben Lascelles / Prostrator about to perform body-length prostrations over the entire length of the circumambulation around Mount Kailash. The pilgrim bends down, kneels, prostrates full-length, makes a mark with his...
Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) performing their elaborate courtship ritual at dawn, Cheshire, UK November  -  Ben Hall
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Ben Hall / Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) performing their elaborate courtship ritual at dawn, Cheshire, UK November
Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) performing courtship ritual at dawn, Cheshire, UK April  -  Ben Hall
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Ben Hall / Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) performing courtship ritual at dawn, Cheshire, UK April
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair of adults during part of their elaborate courtship ritual during the very last few rays of evening sunlight, Derbyshire, UK, March.  -  Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION
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Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair of adults during part of their elaborate courtship ritual during the very last few rays of evening sunlight, Derbyshire, UK, March.
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair of adults during part of their elaborate courtship ritual during the very last few rays of evening sunlight, Derbyshire, UK, March.  -  Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION
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Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair of adults during part of their elaborate courtship ritual during the very last few rays of evening sunlight, Derbyshire, UK, March.
Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) leaping during mating ritual, Sado Estuary, Portugal, October  -  Pedro Narra
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Pedro Narra / Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) leaping during mating ritual, Sado Estuary, Portugal, October
Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) a pair of adults perform their elaborate courtship dance. Derbyshire, UK, March.  -  Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) a pair of adults perform their elaborate courtship dance. Derbyshire, UK, March.
Men dancing in a Tatanua Masks, an image of the soul of the deceased. When a person dies, by Malagan tradition people dance in the shallow waters to try to drive evil spirits or taboos of the dead awa...  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Men dancing in a Tatanua Masks, an image of the soul of the deceased. When a person dies, by Malagan tradition people dance in the shallow waters to try to drive evil spirits or taboos of the dead awa...
King / Imperial Cormorants (Phalacrocorax albiventer) breeding pair display courtship behaviour in the form of a ritual dance at their nesting site on Saunders Island, Falkland Islands  -  Charlie Summers
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Charlie Summers / King / Imperial Cormorants (Phalacrocorax albiventer) breeding pair display courtship behaviour in the form of a ritual dance at their nesting site on Saunders Island, Falkland Islands
Typical Hungarian herdsman's riding ritual with a whip, Hortobagy National Park, Hungary, May 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Radisics
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Radisics / Typical Hungarian herdsman's riding ritual with a whip, Hortobagy National Park, Hungary, May 2009
Typical Hungarian herdsman's riding ritual, Hortobagy National Park, Hungary, May 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Radisics
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Radisics / Typical Hungarian herdsman's riding ritual, Hortobagy National Park, Hungary, May 2009
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) breeding pair of adults during part of their courtship ritual, Nottinghamshire, UK, February  -  Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) breeding pair of adults during part of their courtship ritual, Nottinghamshire, UK, February
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair during part of their elaborate courtship ritual, Derbyshire, UK, March  -  Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair during part of their elaborate courtship ritual, Derbyshire, UK, March
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair during part of their elaborate courtship ritual, Derbyshire, UK, March  -  Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair during part of their elaborate courtship ritual, Derbyshire, UK, March
Lesser Flamingo {Phoeniconaias minor} bill-fencing as part of courtship, Lake Nakuru, Kenya.  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Lesser Flamingo {Phoeniconaias minor} bill-fencing as part of courtship, Lake Nakuru, Kenya.
Man aiming gun at Moose {Alces alces} moose hunting The National Ritual Sweden.  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Man aiming gun at Moose {Alces alces} moose hunting The National Ritual Sweden.
Spotted hyaena {Crocuta crocuta} greeting ritual, Masai Mara, Kenya East-Africa  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Spotted hyaena {Crocuta crocuta} greeting ritual, Masai Mara, Kenya East-Africa
Spotted hyaena greeting ritual {Crocuta crocuta} Masai Mara, Kenya East-Africa  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Spotted hyaena greeting ritual {Crocuta crocuta} Masai Mara, Kenya East-Africa
Emperor penguin pair in courtship ritual with chick (Aptenodytes forsteri). Dawson-Lambton glacier, Weddell Sea, Antarctica (November)  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Emperor penguin pair in courtship ritual with chick (Aptenodytes forsteri). Dawson-Lambton glacier, Weddell Sea, Antarctica (November)
Emperor penguin pair in courtship ritual with chick (Aptenodytes forsteri). Dawson-Lambton glacier, Weddell Sea, Antarctica (November)  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Emperor penguin pair in courtship ritual with chick (Aptenodytes forsteri). Dawson-Lambton glacier, Weddell Sea, Antarctica (November)
Emperor penguin pair in courtship ritual with chick (Aptenodytes forsteri). Dawson-Lambton glacier, Weddell Sea, Antarctica (November)  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Emperor penguin pair in courtship ritual with chick (Aptenodytes forsteri). Dawson-Lambton glacier, Weddell Sea, Antarctica (November)
Two African elephant bulls establish dominance with ritual trial of strength Masai Mara NR Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Two African elephant bulls establish dominance with ritual trial of strength Masai Mara NR Kenya
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) young bulls engage in greeting ritual, Amboseli National Park, Kenya  -  Gerry Ellis
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Gerry Ellis / African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) young bulls engage in greeting ritual, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) bulls engaged in greeting ritual, Amboseli National Park, Kenya  -  Gerry Ellis
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Gerry Ellis / African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) bulls engaged in greeting ritual, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Royal tern (Thalasseus maximus) pair during courtship ritual. Magdalena Bay, Puerto San Carlos, Baja California Sur, Mexico.  -  Sylvain Cordier
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Sylvain Cordier / Royal tern (Thalasseus maximus) pair during courtship ritual. Magdalena Bay, Puerto San Carlos, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
RF-Royal tern (Thalasseus maximus) pair in courtship ritual. Puerto San Carlos, Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free)  -  Sylvain Cordier
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Sylvain Cordier / RF-Royal tern (Thalasseus maximus) pair in courtship ritual. Puerto San Carlos, Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free)
Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) mother dolphin carries dead calf, a 'ritual' behaviour, Sado Estuary, Portugal  -  Pedro  Narra
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Pedro Narra / Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) mother dolphin carries dead calf, a 'ritual' behaviour, Sado Estuary, Portugal
Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) mother dolphin carries dead calf, a 'ritual' behaviour, Sado Estuary, Portugal  -  Pedro  Narra
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Pedro Narra / Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) mother dolphin carries dead calf, a 'ritual' behaviour, Sado Estuary, Portugal
Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) mother dolphin carries dead calf, a 'ritual' behaviour, Sado Estuary, Portugal  -  Pedro  Narra
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Pedro Narra / Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) mother dolphin carries dead calf, a 'ritual' behaviour, Sado Estuary, Portugal
Man pouring holy water over top of temple in Kumbhabhishekam, a Hindu ritual. Pandalur, Tamil Nadu, India. 2014.  -  Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / Man pouring holy water over top of temple in Kumbhabhishekam, a Hindu ritual. Pandalur, Tamil Nadu, India. 2014.
Men blessing cow in Kumbhabhishekam, a Hindu ritual. Pandalur, Tamil Nadu, India. 2014.  -  Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / Men blessing cow in Kumbhabhishekam, a Hindu ritual. Pandalur, Tamil Nadu, India. 2014.
Bulls led by owner over a fire during a ritual at the Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti, Karnataka, India. January 2019.  -  Yashpal Rathore
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Yashpal Rathore / Bulls led by owner over a fire during a ritual at the Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti, Karnataka, India. January 2019.
Bulls led by owner over a fire during a ritual at the Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti , Karnataka, India. January 2019.  -  Yashpal Rathore
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Yashpal Rathore / Bulls led by owner over a fire during a ritual at the Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti , Karnataka, India. January 2019.
Landscape with a Chullpa / funeray tower. Ceremonial tomb from between 1200-1450 AD, San Juan del Rosario, Bolivia.  -  Daniel  Heuclin
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Daniel Heuclin / Landscape with a Chullpa / funeray tower. Ceremonial tomb from between 1200-1450 AD, San Juan del Rosario, Bolivia.
Human remains inside a Chullpa / funeray tower. Ceremonial tomb from between 1200-1450 AD, San Juan del Rosario, Bolivia.  -  Daniel  Heuclin
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Daniel Heuclin / Human remains inside a Chullpa / funeray tower. Ceremonial tomb from between 1200-1450 AD, San Juan del Rosario, Bolivia.
Deformed skull with sloping forehead, found at Chullpa / funeray tower. Ceremonial tomb from between 1200-1450 AD, San Juan del Rosario, Bolivia.  -  Daniel  Heuclin
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Daniel Heuclin / Deformed skull with sloping forehead, found at Chullpa / funeray tower. Ceremonial tomb from between 1200-1450 AD, San Juan del Rosario, Bolivia.
Deformed skull with sloping forehead, found at Chullpa / funeray tower. Ceremonial tomb from between 1200-1450 AD, San Juan del Rosario, Bolivia.  -  Daniel  Heuclin
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Daniel Heuclin / Deformed skull with sloping forehead, found at Chullpa / funeray tower. Ceremonial tomb from between 1200-1450 AD, San Juan del Rosario, Bolivia.
Landscape with a Chullpa / funeray tower. Ceremonial tomb from between 1200-1450 AD, San Juan del Rosario, Bolivia.  -  Daniel  Heuclin
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Daniel Heuclin / Landscape with a Chullpa / funeray tower. Ceremonial tomb from between 1200-1450 AD, San Juan del Rosario, Bolivia.
Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) pair, male displaying feet in courtship ritual. Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island, Galapagos. April 2017.  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) pair, male displaying feet in courtship ritual. Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island, Galapagos. April 2017.
Pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) courtship ritual immediately after copulation, North Norfolk, England, UK. May  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) courtship ritual immediately after copulation, North Norfolk, England, UK. May
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