Mating ritual of American Avocets - California

August 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Mating ritual of American Avocets, where female assumes the “solicitation posture” by extending her neck far forward and laying her bill on or near the surface of the water. At the same time, male spends some time (2-3 minutes) walking repeatedly to both sides of the female and rigorously preening. At the moment of this photograph, he is about to mount her:

Mating ritual of American Avocets (Recurvirostra americana) with male inserting its bill under the female neck - California bird photography Canon 1DX II 600mm f/4 IS + 1.4x extenderAmerican Avocets (Recurvirostra americana) during mating ritualSan Francisco, California

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Photographed at San Francisco Bay Area, California

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