Bird of the Week Challenge: 15th February - lovebirds

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Bird of the Week Challenge: 15th February - lovebirds

Despite the hiccup of last Monday, last week turned into a great challenge!  Thank you to everyone who took part.

 

This week, in celebration of Valentines Day, lets see photos of birds in pairs and being generally loving - allopreening (preening each other), displaying  etc.

Reflex
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There's nothing worse than having an itch you can't reach. Must admit I hadn't heard of "allopreening" before!

Samford Valley Qld.

mpb
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Love is a peck on the cheek

Mark

rawshorty
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Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

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ungb
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These beaks are made for kissing.

Amson
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This pair I hope are nesting down at our dam at the moment. Fingers crossed we will have babies soon. (Eerwah Vale, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, QLD). Sorry no allopreeing.
 

rawshorty
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Showing his hunter/gatherer skills.

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Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rawshorty/ 

Reflex
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Samford Valley Qld.

Haliaeetus-23

Sharing the care of the little ones! :)

(can be removed if it doesn't fit the theme)

TheBirdLover
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A snoozin' cosy couple

M.M.

rawshorty
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Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

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mpb
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It takes two to Tango

Mark

ungb
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It must have been love ...

Devster
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This guy was showing some loving by kicking sand at her to let her know his intentions.

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lovers

LM

dwatsonbb
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Maybe some of these should be saved for a spring Mating photo challenge!

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

Reflex
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Red-tailed Tropicbirds perform spectacular and noisy aerobatics in order to attract their mates during the late summer breeding season.

Samford Valley Qld.

rawshorty
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Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rawshorty/ 

mpb
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I love you this much

Mark

Devster
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This is by far the most romantic photo I have.

One was picking the flowers and gently giving it to the other. 

rawshorty
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Male Musk Duck displaying.

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Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rawshorty/ 

Devster
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That is a ripper shot Shorty. I've never seen one just swimming, let alone one displaying like this.

HelloBirdy
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This one is actually "Ripper", isn't it? 
(I'm probably confusing you, Devster. If I'm right, Shorty can explain)

Ryu
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Aiming for DSLR-quality shots with a bridge camera

mpb
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Mark

sylviadivemaster
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This pair were definitely love ducks.  They hang out together and swim together.  This is the first time I have seen them at the UQ lakes in Brisbane and have not been able to identify them .... can someone one help me?  Interesting tails high in the air when they swim.

HelloBirdy
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Sylvia, they are a domestic variant derived from northern mallards- either escapees or released.

Ryu
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Aiming for DSLR-quality shots with a bridge camera

sylviadivemaster
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Thanks, Ryu.  

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