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Double-crested cormorant nuptial crests, tufts of feathers on each side of the head, plumage associated with courtship and mating, Phalacrocorax auritus, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table Western Grebes rushing in a courtship display. Rushiing grebes run across the water 60 feet (20m) or further with their feet hitting the water as rapidly as 20 times per second. Lake Hodges, San Diego, Aechmophorus occidentalis Add To Light Table Magnificent frigatebird, adult male on nest, with throat pouch inflated, a courtship display to attract females, Fregata magnificens, North Seymour Island Add To Light Table
Double-crested cormorant nuptial crests, tufts of feathers on each side of the head, plumage associated with courtship and mating.
Image ID: 36845  
Species: Double-crested cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Western Grebes rushing in a courtship display. Rushiing grebes run across the water 60 feet (20m) or further with their feet hitting the water as rapidly as 20 times per second. Lake Hodges, San Diego.
Image ID: 36888  
Species: Western Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis
 
Magnificent frigatebird, adult male on nest, with throat pouch inflated, a courtship display to attract females.
Image ID: 16725  
Species: Magnificent frigatebird, Fregata magnificens
Location: North Seymour Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
 
Giant black sea bass, gathering in a mating - courtship aggregation amid kelp forest, Catalina Island, Stereolepis gigas Add To Light Table Adult male humpback whale singing, suspended motionless underwater.  Only male humpbacks have been observed singing.  All humpbacks in the North Pacific sing the same whale song each year, and the song changes slightly from one year to the next, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table Adult male humpback whale bubble streaming underwater.  The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims behind a female (left) during a competitive group.  The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other male whales interested in the mother, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table
Giant black sea bass, gathering in a mating - courtship aggregation amid kelp forest, Catalina Island.
Image ID: 33355  
Species: Giant Black Sea Bass, Stereolepis gigas
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Adult male humpback whale singing, suspended motionless underwater. Only male humpbacks have been observed singing. All humpbacks in the North Pacific sing the same whale song each year, and the song changes slightly from one year to the next.
Image ID: 02796  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Adult male humpback whale bubble streaming underwater. The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims behind a female (left) during a competitive group. The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other male whales interested in the mother.
Image ID: 02828  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Adult male humpback whale bubble streaming underwater.  The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims behind a mother and calf.  The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other nearby male whales interested in the mother, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table Clark's Grebes Rushing on Lake Hodges, San Diego, Aechmophorus clarkii Add To Light Table Double-crested cormorant nuptial crests, tufts of feathers on each side of the head, plumage associated with courtship and mating, Phalacrocorax auritus, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table
Adult male humpback whale bubble streaming underwater. The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims behind a mother and calf. The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other nearby male whales interested in the mother.
Image ID: 05925  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Clark's Grebes Rushing on Lake Hodges, San Diego.
Image ID: 36830  
Species: Clarks Grebe, Aechmophorus clarkii
Location: Lake Hodges, San Diego, California, USA
 
Double-crested cormorant nuptial crests, tufts of feathers on each side of the head, plumage associated with courtship and mating.
Image ID: 36848  
Species: Double-crested cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Western Grebes rushing in a courtship display. Rushiing grebes run across the water 60 feet (20m) or further with their feet hitting the water as rapidly as 20 times per second. Lake Hodges, San Diego, Aechmophorus occidentalis Add To Light Table Western Grebes rushing in a courtship display. Rushiing grebes run across the water 60 feet (20m) or further with their feet hitting the water as rapidly as 20 times per second. Lake Hodges, San Diego, Aechmophorus occidentalis Add To Light Table Western gulls, courtship behaviour, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table
Western Grebes rushing in a courtship display. Rushiing grebes run across the water 60 feet (20m) or further with their feet hitting the water as rapidly as 20 times per second. Lake Hodges, San Diego.
Image ID: 36887  
Species: Western Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis
 
Western Grebes rushing in a courtship display. Rushiing grebes run across the water 60 feet (20m) or further with their feet hitting the water as rapidly as 20 times per second. Lake Hodges, San Diego.
Image ID: 36889  
Species: Western Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis
 
Western gulls, courtship behaviour.
Image ID: 18397  
Species: Western gull, Larus occidentalis
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Gray whales, two males both with extended penis during courtship socialization, Laguna San Ignacio, Eschrichtius robustus, San Ignacio Lagoon Add To Light Table Giant black sea bass, gathering in a mating - courtship aggregation amid kelp forest, Catalina Island, Stereolepis gigas Add To Light Table Giant black sea bass, gathering in a mating - courtship aggregation amid kelp forest, Catalina Island, Stereolepis gigas Add To Light Table
Gray whales, two males both with extended penis during courtship socialization, Laguna San Ignacio.
Image ID: 06431  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California, Mexico
 
Giant black sea bass, gathering in a mating - courtship aggregation amid kelp forest, Catalina Island.
Image ID: 33357  
Species: Giant Black Sea Bass, Stereolepis gigas
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Giant black sea bass, gathering in a mating - courtship aggregation amid kelp forest, Catalina Island.
Image ID: 33359  
Species: Giant Black Sea Bass, Stereolepis gigas
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Giant black sea bass, gathering in a mating - courtship aggregation amid kelp forest, Catalina Island, Stereolepis gigas Add To Light Table Giant black sea bass, gathering in a mating - courtship aggregation amid kelp forest, Catalina Island, Stereolepis gigas Add To Light Table Giant black sea bass, gathering in a mating - courtship aggregation amid kelp forest, Catalina Island, Stereolepis gigas Add To Light Table
Giant black sea bass, gathering in a mating - courtship aggregation amid kelp forest, Catalina Island.
Image ID: 33360  
Species: Giant Black Sea Bass, Stereolepis gigas
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Giant black sea bass, gathering in a mating - courtship aggregation amid kelp forest, Catalina Island.
Image ID: 33361  
Species: Giant Black Sea Bass, Stereolepis gigas
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Giant black sea bass, gathering in a mating - courtship aggregation amid kelp forest, Catalina Island.
Image ID: 33362  
Species: Giant Black Sea Bass, Stereolepis gigas
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Giant black sea bass, gathering in a mating - courtship aggregation amid kelp forest, Catalina Island, Stereolepis gigas Add To Light Table Giant black sea bass, gathering in a mating - courtship aggregation amid kelp forest, Catalina Island, Stereolepis gigas Add To Light Table Adult male humpback whale singing, suspended motionless underwater.  Only male humpbacks have been observed singing.  All humpbacks in the North Pacific sing the same whale song each year, and the song changes slightly from one year to the next, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table
Giant black sea bass, gathering in a mating - courtship aggregation amid kelp forest, Catalina Island.
Image ID: 33364  
Species: Giant Black Sea Bass, Stereolepis gigas
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Giant black sea bass, gathering in a mating - courtship aggregation amid kelp forest, Catalina Island.
Image ID: 33379  
Species: Giant Black Sea Bass, Stereolepis gigas
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Adult male humpback whale singing, suspended motionless underwater. Only male humpbacks have been observed singing. All humpbacks in the North Pacific sing the same whale song each year, and the song changes slightly from one year to the next.
Image ID: 02794  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Adult male humpback whale bubble streaming underwater.  The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims behind a mother and calf.  The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other nearby male whales interested in the mother, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table Courtship group of six Southern right whales, Eubalaena australis, Argentina, Eubalaena australis, Puerto Piramides, Chubut Add To Light Table Three Western Grebes Rushing on Lake Hodges, Aechmophorus occidentalis, San Diego, California Add To Light Table
Adult male humpback whale bubble streaming underwater. The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims behind a mother and calf. The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other nearby male whales interested in the mother.
Image ID: 05928  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Courtship group of six Southern right whales, Eubalaena australis, Argentina.
Image ID: 35915  
Species: Southern Right Whale, Eubalaena australis
Location: Puerto Piramides, Chubut, Argentina
 
Three Western Grebes Rushing on Lake Hodges.
Image ID: 36779  
Species: Western Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis
Location: Lake Hodges, San Diego, California, USA
 
Western Grebes Ratchet Pointing in preparation for rushing, a courtship ceremony, Lake Hodges, San Diego, Aechmophorus occidentalis Add To Light Table Western Grebes Rushing on Lake Hodges, amidst a mix of Western Grebes and Clarks Grebes, Aechmophorus occidentalis, San Diego, California Add To Light Table Double-crested cormorant nuptial crests, tufts of feathers on each side of the head, plumage associated with courtship and mating, Phalacrocorax auritus, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table
Western Grebes Ratchet Pointing in preparation for rushing, a courtship ceremony, Lake Hodges, San Diego.
Image ID: 36781  
Species: Western Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis
Location: Lake Hodges, San Diego, California, USA
 
Western Grebes Rushing on Lake Hodges, amidst a mix of Western Grebes and Clarks Grebes.
Image ID: 36790  
Species: Western Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis
Location: Lake Hodges, San Diego, California, USA
 
Double-crested cormorant nuptial crests, tufts of feathers on each side of the head, plumage associated with courtship and mating.
Image ID: 36847  
Species: Double-crested cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Clarks Grebes (left) and Western Grebe (right), arguing over a rock, Lake Hodges, Aechmophorus occidentalis, Aechmophorus clarkii Add To Light Table Adult male humpback whale singing, suspended motionless underwater.  Only male humpbacks have been observed singing.  All humpbacks in the North Pacific sing the same whale song each year, and the song changes slightly from one year to the next, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table Clarks Grebes, courting pair, Lake Hodges, Aechmophorus clarkii, San Diego, California Add To Light Table
Clarks Grebes (left) and Western Grebe (right), arguing over a rock, Lake Hodges.
Image ID: 36883  
Species: Western Grebe, Clarks Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis, Aechmophorus clarkii
 
Adult male humpback whale singing, suspended motionless underwater. Only male humpbacks have been observed singing. All humpbacks in the North Pacific sing the same whale song each year, and the song changes slightly from one year to the next.
Image ID: 02802  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Clarks Grebes, courting pair, Lake Hodges.
Image ID: 36881  
Species: Clarks Grebe, Aechmophorus clarkii
Location: Lake Hodges, San Diego, California, USA
 


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