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Courtship Collection

Background imageCourtship Collection: Little owl {Athene noctua) pair perched, courtship behaviour, Spain

Little owl {Athene noctua) pair perched, courtship behaviour, Spain

Background imageCourtship Collection: Australasian crested grebe pair (Podiceps cristatus australis) in courtship display

Australasian crested grebe pair (Podiceps cristatus australis) in courtship display. Ashburton Lakes, Canterbury, New Zealand. August

Background imageCourtship Collection: Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) courting pair, South coast, Santa Cruz Island

Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) courting pair, South coast, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

Background imageCourtship Collection: Atlantic Puffins (Fratercula arctica) bill rubbing, Skomer Island, Wales, UK, April

Atlantic Puffins (Fratercula arctica) bill rubbing, Skomer Island, Wales, UK, April

Background imageCourtship Collection: Japanese crane (Grus japonensis) displaying, wings in heart shape, Hokkiado, Japan, February

Japanese crane (Grus japonensis) displaying, wings in heart shape, Hokkiado, Japan, February

Background imageCourtship Collection: Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) performing their weed dance during courtship

Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) performing their weed dance during courtship. Den Oever, The Netherlands. July

Background imageCourtship Collection: European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) pair, male passing Dragonfly prey to female

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) pair, male passing Dragonfly prey to female, Pusztaszer, Hungary, May 2008

Background imageCourtship Collection: Japanese cranes (Grus japonensis) displaying in snow, Hokkiado, Japan, February

Japanese cranes (Grus japonensis) displaying in snow, Hokkiado, Japan, February

Background imageCourtship Collection: Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise (Lophorina niedda) male, performing courtship display on his

Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise (Lophorina niedda) male, performing courtship display on his display log, flashing false blue eye spots, a bright yellow gape, and blue breast shield

Background imageCourtship Collection: Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), male displaying at lek in tree. Manu

Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), male displaying at lek in tree. Manu Biosphere Reserve, Amazonia, Peru

Background imageCourtship Collection: Mountain hares (Lepus timidus) boxing in snow, Scotland, UK, December

Mountain hares (Lepus timidus) boxing in snow, Scotland, UK, December

Background imageCourtship Collection: Brown hare, (Lepus europaeus), group of animals in field, Islay, Scotland, UK. March

Brown hare, (Lepus europaeus), group of animals in field, Islay, Scotland, UK. March

Background imageCourtship Collection: Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) pair flying with claws linked during courtship flight

Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) pair flying with claws linked during courtship flight, Homer, Alaska, USA, March

Background imageCourtship Collection: Male Sage Grouse {Centrocercus urphasianus} courtship display, Baggs, Wyoming, USA

Male Sage Grouse {Centrocercus urphasianus} courtship display, Baggs, Wyoming, USA

Background imageCourtship Collection: Atlantic Puffins (Fratercula arctica) pair bill rubbing, part of ritual courtship

Atlantic Puffins (Fratercula arctica) pair bill rubbing, part of ritual courtship, Skomer Island, Wales, UK, May

Background imageCourtship Collection: Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair performing the weed dance

Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair performing the weed dance, a spectacular part of their elaborate courtship ritual, Derbyshire, UK, March

Background imageCourtship Collection: Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) performing courtship ritual at dawn, Cheshire, UK April

Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) performing courtship ritual at dawn, Cheshire, UK April

Background imageCourtship Collection: Rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus moluccanus) pair preening each other, perched in tree

Rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus moluccanus) pair preening each other, perched in tree. Ulladulla, New South Wales, Australia

Background imageCourtship Collection: Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair performing courtship displaying at dawn

Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair performing courtship displaying at dawn, backlit and surrounded by mist, Cheshire, UK, April

Background imageCourtship Collection: Galapagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus), pair courting, Isabela Island

Galapagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus), pair courting, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands

Background imageCourtship Collection: Elk (Cervus canadensis) bull and cw sniffing noses, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Elk (Cervus canadensis) bull and cw sniffing noses, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. September

Background imageCourtship Collection: Rocky mountain elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni) bull bugling during rut

Rocky mountain elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni) bull bugling during rut. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA. October

Background imageCourtship Collection: Red Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) male performing practice display at tree-top lek

Red Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) male performing practice display at tree-top lek, Raja Ampat, Indonesia. *Medium repro only

Background imageCourtship Collection: African lion (Panthera leo) and lioness after mating, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

African lion (Panthera leo) and lioness after mating, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Background imageCourtship Collection: Lady Amhersts pheasant (Chrysolophus amherstiae) male displaying, Kanding, Sichuan, China

Lady Amhersts pheasant (Chrysolophus amherstiae) male displaying, Kanding, Sichuan, China. April

Background imageCourtship Collection: Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) male offering wasp as nuptial gift, Hungary. June

Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) male offering wasp as nuptial gift, Hungary. June

Background imageCourtship Collection: Fireflies (Luciola parvula himebotaru) flashing at night for courtship and reproduction

Fireflies (Luciola parvula himebotaru) flashing at night for courtship and reproduction. Gifu, Japan. Composite image

Background imageCourtship Collection: Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) engaged in courtship

Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) engaged in courtship, with the male hovering above the female. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean

Background imageCourtship Collection: Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) males displaying and fighting each other at a lek, Finland

Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) males displaying and fighting each other at a lek, Finland. May

Background imageCourtship Collection: Common grackle pair (Quiscalus quiscula) in courtship display. Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Common grackle pair (Quiscalus quiscula) in courtship display. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Florida, USA, April

Background imageCourtship Collection: Sarus crane (Grus antigone), male displaying, Keoladeo NP, Bharatpur, India

Sarus crane (Grus antigone), male displaying, Keoladeo NP, Bharatpur, India

Background imageCourtship Collection: Wood pigeons (Columba palumbus) male and female during courtship preening display

Wood pigeons (Columba palumbus) male and female during courtship preening display, Norfolk, England, UK, August

Background imageCourtship Collection: Mandarin duck drake (Aix galericulata) on the water, showing orange sail

Mandarin duck drake (Aix galericulata) on the water, showing orange sail feathers which are used when displaying, Southwest London, UK, March

Background imageCourtship Collection: Clarks grebes (Aechmophorus clarkii) courting pair performing the Weed Ceremony

Clarks grebes (Aechmophorus clarkii) courting pair performing the Weed Ceremony in which they slowly circle breast to breast holding pond weed as nesting material, Lake Hodges, Escondido, California

Background imageCourtship Collection: Black terns (Chlidonias niger), pair on a perch, vocalizing during courtship (termed

Black terns (Chlidonias niger), pair on a perch, vocalizing during courtship (termed Erect Posture display), Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, New York, USA, May

Background imageCourtship Collection: Red-footed booby (Sula sula), pair perched in tree. Genovesa Island, Galapagos

Red-footed booby (Sula sula), pair perched in tree. Genovesa Island, Galapagos

Background imageCourtship Collection: Nazca booby (Sula granti), pair billing. Genovesa Island, Galapagos. May 2015

Nazca booby (Sula granti), pair billing. Genovesa Island, Galapagos. May 2015

Background imageCourtship Collection: Great bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis), male showing off treasures whilst female inspects bower

Great bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis), male showing off treasures whilst female inspects bower. Lake Argyle, Kununurra, Western Australia

Background imageCourtship Collection: Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) autumn courtship display, Germany, August

Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) autumn courtship display, Germany, August

Background imageCourtship Collection: Black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix), male at lek, Finland, April

Black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix), male at lek, Finland, April

Background imageCourtship Collection: Satin bowerbird male at bower decorated with blue objects to attract mate, Lamington NP

Satin bowerbird male at bower decorated with blue objects to attract mate, Lamington NP

Background imageCourtship Collection: King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) at sunrise

King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) at sunrise. Two males and a female, with the males fighting for the attention of the female. Falklands Islands

Background imageCourtship Collection: Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), two males perched in tree at lek in

Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), two males perched in tree at lek in mid-altitude montane rainforest. Manu Biosphere Reserve, Amazonia, Peru

Background imageCourtship Collection: RF - Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), male perched in tree at a lek

RF - Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), male perched in tree at a lek. Mid-altitude montane rainforest, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Amazonia, Peru

Background imageCourtship Collection: Western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) Tver, Russia. May

Western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) Tver, Russia. May

Background imageCourtship Collection: Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) displaying at a lek in snow, Tver, Russia. April

Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) displaying at a lek in snow, Tver, Russia. April

Background imageCourtship Collection: Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) pair, courtship display, Machias Seal Island, Bay of Fundy

Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) pair, courtship display, Machias Seal Island, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada, May

Background imageCourtship Collection: Wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) pair preening one another, The Netherlands

Wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) pair preening one another, The Netherlands



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