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American Avocets, courting
29-APR-2012 Tom Grey

American Avocets, courting

Palo Alto Baylands

The male splashes water on the female, who is in the receptive position, with the head held low and parallel to the water. A sequence of seven images showing this pair's courting, copulation, and aftermath is at http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/avocets_mating .

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV ,Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
1/2500s f/8.0 at 500.0mm iso800 full exif

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