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Old Apr-30-2012, 05:39 PM
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Hi Y'all,

The mating season for the GBHs at the Viera Wetlands is drawing to a close. Most of the GBH's formed their partnerships and had a successful season. Love was in the air



Except for this one male GBH


for some reason he decided that this one female was the gal for him. The fact that she had already mated up did not deter him. For 6 weeks or so he kept flying into her nest repeatedly throughout each day.


Her reactions to his advances were rather consistant




He kept on trying


The 231st try wasn't the charm


"feet don't fail me now"


Finally one day he was able to land in the nest however about 10 seconds later the mate arrived carrying a large stick


It was kind of reassuring to see someone having less luck than I did in HS.
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Old Apr-30-2012, 05:58 PM
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That is so hilarious! I really feel sorry for the guy. Wonderful photos as always. Best, Pam
Old Apr-30-2012, 07:12 PM
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Fantastic set Harry. He look really pissed in the second capture.
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Old May-01-2012, 12:42 AM
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Very nice series!
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Old May-01-2012, 05:18 AM
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I feel bad for him!
Wondering if this is where the phrase "Speak softly and carry a big stick." came from?
In the first image, they almost form a heart with their necks and bills.
Great series!
Old May-01-2012, 06:13 AM
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That is so hilarious! I really feel sorry for the guy. Wonderful photos as always. Best, Pam
Thanks Pam, I've seen intruder males before but I have never seen one so persistant before. He put on a daily show 6-7 times a day for weeks. It was amazing to watch.
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Old May-01-2012, 03:45 PM
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Fantastic set Harry. He look really pissed in the second capture.
That's determination, misplaced but determined

Thanks Dick
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Old May-01-2012, 08:00 PM
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Great shots and commentary, Harry.
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Old May-03-2012, 01:17 AM
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Very nice series!
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Old May-03-2012, 09:04 AM
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Nice set of images Harry, looks like you had a very productive time.
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Old May-03-2012, 05:07 PM
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I feel bad for him!
Wondering if this is where the phrase "Speak softly and carry a big stick." came from?
In the first image, they almost form a heart with their necks and bills.
Great series!
That heart shape is what led me to taking the capture. Thanks
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Old May-04-2012, 11:12 AM
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Great shots and commentary, Harry.
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Nice set of images Harry, looks like you had a very productive time.
Thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Besides providing some good photo ops it was just fascinating to watch. All the available females had been mated up but this guy's need to mate and reproduce was so great that he put himself in this unending loop of behavior that never resulted in the end he wanted. He only stopped when the eggs hatched.
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Old May-07-2012, 05:42 AM
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very nice series
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Old May-07-2012, 06:31 AM
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Lovely series Mr B, you certainly have not lost your ability to build a story!

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Old May-09-2012, 08:53 AM
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very nice series
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Lovely series Mr B, you certainly have not lost your ability to build a story!

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Thanks very much, glad you enjoyed them.
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Old May-09-2012, 06:09 PM
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simply beautiful, I love the 1st one almost forming a heart... but all are very beautiful
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Old May-10-2012, 06:58 PM
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simply beautiful, I love the 1st one almost forming a heart... but all are very beautiful
Thank you.
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Old May-13-2012, 10:29 AM
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Nice set Harry, #2 for me.
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Old May-14-2012, 03:49 PM
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Crazy good, Harry
Old May-14-2012, 07:34 PM
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Nice set Harry, #2 for me.
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Crazy good, Harry
Thanks very much Dan and Dennis.
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