Cranes dancing

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Love is in the air, and you know what that means. Whether they're skipping across the water, showing off their plumage or performing dances, birds put on spectacular courtship displays.

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red-crowned cranes

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Red-crowned cranes (seen here and above) are known for their carefully orchestrated courtship dances.

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Sandhill cranes

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The couple that dances together stays together, and these sandhill cranes put on a lively show.

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Clark's Grebes

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Clark's grebes skip across the water in this courtship display called "rushing." 

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Grebes

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Great crested grebes approach one another with weeds in their bills.

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Bee eater display

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A male bee-eater shows off for a female, complete with an insect offering.

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Bee eater offering

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Bee-eaters engage in courtship feeding, which helps keep the female healthy so she can lay her eggs.

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bower bird nest

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The male satin bower bird creates a beautiful nest display to charm the female. These birds often use colorful items found near the nesting site.

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Albatross snuggle

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The courtship display between black-browed albatross pairs falls somewhere between a playful sparring match and a snuggle.

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Roseate spoonbill

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Roseate spoonbills dance with each other atop a high branch on the Gulf Coast of Texas. 

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Lesser florican

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The male lesser florican leaps from the monsoon-soaked grasslands, a bold movement that says "Here I am!" 

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Great egret plumage

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The breeding plumage of male great egrets may not match the vibrant peacock's, but it's certainly impressive. 

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grey crowned crane

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The male grey crowned crane dances, jumps, spins and bows to impress its mate — and what a lovely moment when she finally accepts him! 

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Barrow's goldeneye

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A Barrow's goldeneye skips across the water as he chases a beloved female. 

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Bustard plumage

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During breeding seasons, great bustards look impressive with their puffed-out chests and fluffy feathers. 

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Gannets

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Much like the albatross pairs, gannets will shake their heads and rub beaks with one another as part of their courtship.

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