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BBC Springwatch PRO 4:00pm, 9 February 2011
Hi all, a bit of a challenge in preparation for Valentine's Day. I'd love to see any photos you have of love in the animal world. A bit cheesy and completely unscientific I know but should be fun and I'll post the best on the blog on the day itself.

A few rules:

- UK only
- Wildlife only (no pets or humans)
- Any time of year (doesn't have to be winter)
- Closing date Sunday 13 February

Other than these, please feel free to use your imagination.

Cheers
Jeremy
Gill Langridge PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Gill Langridge (member) 5 years ago
Swan romance

One from last year
ROMANCE by Gill Langridge
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BBC Springwatch PRO 5 years ago
Hey Moira, that was quick and rather lovely too!
Derbyshire Harrier PRO 5 years ago
Courting frogs
Look into my eyes
Cuddling adders
Even Adders Need a Cuddle
McRusty PRO 5 years ago
Everywhere I look around,
former-extog Posted 5 years ago. Edited by former-extog (member) 5 years ago
I'm not sure love is the right word for what the Common blue butterflies are demonstrating in these 2 photos

Common blues mating 1 (IMG_0604_UMT2)

Common blues mating 2 (IMG_0587_UMT2)

and here's a pair of Green shield bugs who appear to have moved on from courting to something more serious

Beats saving the stamps (IMG_8731_UM_T)
aerial2 PRO 5 years ago
Spider Courtship

Female and Male Garden Spider Courtship
aerial2 PRO 5 years ago
Mating Damselflys
A few of my favs i've taken :)





aerial2 PRO 5 years ago
Not great quality, the male Robin had just given the female this enormous grub to eat during their courtship.

Grubs Up
aerial2 PRO 5 years ago
Another grab shot during their courtship. Male feeding the female.

Tender Moment
McRusty PRO 5 years ago
Dragonflies.
aerial2 PRO 5 years ago
Damsel flies mating
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BBC Springwatch PRO 5 years ago
You lot are amazing!

Thank you all and please keep them coming in ;)

Jeremy
Jim Bennett 88 5 years ago

markkilner PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by markkilner (member) 5 years ago
The Happy Couple

Best viewed very large.
Dom Greves PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Dom Greves (member) 5 years ago
Damselflies strike curious poses:

Heart to Heart
Dom Greves PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Dom Greves (member) 5 years ago
Silver stud:

Silver-studded Sex
Dom Greves PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Dom Greves (member) 5 years ago
Make love not war: soldier beetles say it with flowers:

Military Manoeuvers
Dom Greves PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Dom Greves (member) 5 years ago
Cos you're cute:

Cos You're Cute
Derbyshire Harrier PRO 5 years ago
Stag and Doe
ukstormchaser (A.k.a The Bug Whisperer) Posted 5 years ago. Edited by ukstormchaser (A.k.a The Bug Whisperer) (member) 5 years ago
"Listen, I have something to tell you."
I reckon the one on the left is trying to whisper something to the other :-)
Azure Damselflies Mating
A frequent sight down the local river last Spring and Summer!
A Mother's love. None greater :-)
The kiss, le baiser, Or at least my version of it! :-)
"Even Flies do it, lets do it, lets ......."

Helophillus Pendulus
Helophillus Pendulus
Alex Berryman PRO 5 years ago
Amplexing Toads!

Amplexing Toads!
© DerekB49 [deleted] 5 years ago
Damsels Ring
ggwildlife PRO 5 years ago
Mr Angry has a heart2heart
ggwildlife PRO 5 years ago
Great Crested Grebes weed ceremony
ggwildlife PRO 5 years ago
blue tailed damsel pair in copulation wheel
ggwildlife PRO 5 years ago
Meadow Browns mating
DeePee64 PRO 5 years ago
More a question of Lust rather than Love on the part of this drake. The duck was having nothing of it!!! :>)

Unhappy Ducks
Daz /The duck daddy 5 years ago
must be love
Daz /The duck daddy 5 years ago
in love
Janet Stansfield PRO 5 years ago
CYGNETS
former-extog 5 years ago
Here's a Common blue damselfly wheel

Damselfly mating wheel (IMG_3395_H_UMTH)
Peter Hedger 5 years ago
Flies Mating
Peter Hedger 5 years ago
Eider Ducks Mating
© Mark Johnson (Really Busy) [deleted] 5 years ago
Mating Wheel

Untitled

Get A Grip !!!

Love

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) Mating

Flies
Steph Cowie PRO 5 years ago
Social Dynamics of Eider
aerial2 PRO 5 years ago
Lovey Dovey
aerial2 PRO 5 years ago
Female and Male Damselfly
Dom Greves PRO 5 years ago
Not an awful lot of platonic love on display in the animal kingdom then! ;-)
forgetfulelephant PRO 5 years ago
Green-veined Whites mating

Butterflies (Mating?)
forgetfulelephant PRO 5 years ago
I Love You So Much It Makes Me Dribble!

I Love You So Much It Makes Me Dribble!
forgetfulelephant PRO 5 years ago
Tufted Ducks

Tufted Ducks Mating
forgetfulelephant PRO 5 years ago
Feed Me Mum

Feed Me Mum
SteveJM2009 PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by SteveJM2009 (member) 5 years ago
A bit different, but it's Valentines Day and love-related;
I'm really chuffed that Dorset Wildlife Trust has chosen my photo below to feature in their
2011 Valentine's Day e-card and red squirrel adoption campaign!
www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/red-squirrel-valentine.html

Send a little 'wild love' this Valentine's Day!
SteveJM2009 PRO 5 years ago
...and they all lived happily ever after!

.....and they all lived happily ever after!
Peter Hedger 5 years ago
Mallards Mating

Moorhens Mating
forgetfulelephant PRO 5 years ago
We Are All Going Birdwatching.

Going Birdwatching
forgetfulelephant PRO 5 years ago
Arge Pagana

 Perhaps?
forgetfulelephant PRO 5 years ago
Avocet & Chicks

Sorry Mum-I found this HUGE mollusc!
mikethereservewarden Posted 5 years ago. Edited by mikethereservewarden (member) 5 years ago
A pair of Redwing that turned up in my garden just before Christmas:

A pair of Redwing

A pair of rare Glanville Fritillary butterflies in Alderney in the Channel Islands:

Pair of Glanville Fritillary in Alderney

And a pair of Mallard on the River Shannon:

Pair of Mallard on the River Shannon in Co. Leitrim
"Oh the things we do for Lu a uv, the things we do for love"

Cheek to cheek.
former-extog Posted 5 years ago. Edited by former-extog (member) 5 years ago
Let's not forget what the males have to go through to win the right to court a female. Here's two common blue butterflies fighting over a territory

Common blue under attack (IMG_0315_UMT)
highlandphotography 5 years ago
Couple of puffins for Valentine's day

2 Puffins by highlandphotography
alison brown 35 PRO 5 years ago
A Love Heart
alison brown 35 PRO 5 years ago
The Look of Love
Derbyshire Harrier PRO 5 years ago
Courting Gannets
Silly_squirrel 5 years ago
Collared dove pair by Silly_squirrel


Collared dove pair by Silly_squirrel


These photos were taken a few days ago, in my garden. these collared doves have paired up and sit all day on their favourite branch, breast-to-breast. If one leaves, the other will wait all day for it's return, even in blistery winds and rains.

~
the following two photos were taken last summer

Damselflies mating by Silly_squirrel


Swan family  by Silly_squirrel




thanks for looking :)
RComont2010 PRO 5 years ago
Pine ladybirds:
CEH 080410 237

Common Blues:
Common Blue pair, 25-5-09, Sand Point, RC (27)
aerial2 PRO 5 years ago
Table For Two.
Taken last year, these two raised two broods. The male has come back this year, he has a distinctive mark under his eye which he still has.

Table For Two  (2010)
Gill Langridge PRO 5 years ago
Taken on Valentines Day.
Courting
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BBC Springwatch PRO 5 years ago
Hi all, many, many thanks for all these lovely pics. As promised, I've posted a selection on the blog. There's so many good ones, it's been really hard deciding which ones to use. If I could, I would have used all of them!

Once again, thanks and hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.

Jeremy
Dom Greves PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Dom Greves (member) 5 years ago
Too late I know but this scene from today suggested itself:

"Just One Kissss..."

Just One Kissss...

There are in fact 2 adders in this tangle. Keeping each other warm, but possibly not in a romantic fashion!
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