Post Mating Cuddle

© Bill Whala

Post Mating Cuddle

Uploaded: January 16, 2015 | Entered: January 16, 2015 08:17:14


American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

Immediately after mating many shorebirds will have a post mating ritual similar to this one. If you are lucky enough to witness this it is very beautiful, albeit quite brief. Catching them coming toward you is even better.

From my film archives.
EOS1V, 600/4 IS, 2X EFII, Tripod
Provia 100 @ 100 Eval @ -2/3, AV @ f7.1


Liz blahh January 16, 2015

Cuddles are always good. Beautifully captured! #1603839

Natasha Pliss level-deluxe January 16, 2015

What a lovely couple! Beautiful pose and light, perfect details. Amazing shot, Bill! #11225715

Ann Coates level-classic January 16, 2015

This is a beautiful moment you captured. #11225748

Gord MacEachern January 16, 2015

You captured a moment of beauty here Bill, excellent presentation, needs a magazine cover to adorn!! #11225756

Kathy Salerni level-deluxe January 16, 2015

Wow! Love is in the air! What a gorgeous capture of this pair of lovebirds, Bill! I love the intimate moment you captured! #11225789

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe January 16, 2015

An Outstanding moment captured! #11225816

Wm Nosal January 16, 2015

Beautiful Capture, Bill! #11225844

Anita Hogue January 16, 2015

Really sweet capture, Bill! #11225854

Joannie Bertucci level-classic January 16, 2015

I'm just glad they didn't light a cigarett after! :-) Beautiful capture Bill, so romantic! #11225901

Kathy Shogren level-classic January 16, 2015

Awww, such a sweet capture Bill. Nice timing. #11225906

Candace M. Cleveland January 16, 2015

Awwwww!!! Beautiful! #11225948

Robert R. Goodman January 16, 2015

Hi Bill,You wildlife images are always amazing my friend.Beautiful capture! #11225981

Mitch Spence level-classic January 16, 2015

I didn't know about this ritual, Bill. Thanks for the info and for beautifully showing us this special moment. #11225999

Carol L. Fowler January 16, 2015

What an amazingly well-timed photo! #11226053

Jeffrey R. Bange January 16, 2015

What an awesome capture Bill, your POV, detail and lighting is outstanding, I agree with Gord that it belongs on a magazine cover. Have a great weekend. #11226108

Nadia Paul January 17, 2015

How lucky to catch such a wonderful moment Bill - masterfully done my friend! #11226493

Teresa Burnett level-deluxe January 17, 2015

Your timing is amazing...and so is this image!! Absolutely beautiful capture, Bill!! #11226561

Eivor Kuchta January 18, 2015

So wonderful, Bill! What a moment to capture, and you got the right towards you and in perfect light! #11226809

Marijana Fajgl January 18, 2015

Thea are adorable, Bill! #11226907

Emile Abbott level-deluxe January 19, 2015

Adorable and great moment in time captured forever. #11227865

Terry Cervi level-classic January 19, 2015

What an outstanding shot, Bill! So beautiful! #11228116

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic January 22, 2015

Awww, if that doesn't melt ones heart, I don't know what will :) #11229734

Don Christiana January 22, 2015

Bill, I don't know how you do it, but you find and capture the most unique images. Great job on yet another outstanding photo. Favorite. #11229863

Liz blahh February 28, 2015

Congrats on your awesome finalist! #11255648

Candace M. Cleveland February 28, 2015

Congratulations Bill on you gold!!! #11255955

Anita Hogue February 28, 2015

Congratulations on this awesome winner, Bill! #11255957

Leslie McLain level-classic February 28, 2015

Congrats on a beautiful winner, Bill. #11256014

Wm Nosal February 28, 2015

Congratulations, Bill! #11256132

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe February 28, 2015

Outstanding capture and winner. Congrats! #11256144

Marijana Fajgl February 28, 2015

Huge congratulations on your well deserved gold, Bill! #11256152

Natasha Pliss level-deluxe February 28, 2015

Congratulations on your gorgeous Winner, Bill! #11256235

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic February 28, 2015

So cute, and congrats on your Gold Win! #11256327

Mary K. Robison February 28, 2015

So sweet, Bill!
CONGRATULATIONS on your well earned Second Place Gold Winner! #11256391

Irene Colling level-classic February 28, 2015

Outstanding capture Bill. Congratulations on your wonderful winning photo. #11256409

Jeffrey R. Bange February 28, 2015

Congratulations Bill on your well deserved second place win. #11256552

Terry Cervi level-classic February 28, 2015

I love this, Bill! Congrats on your beautiful win! #11256628

Kathy Shogren level-classic February 28, 2015

Lovely winner Bill! Congrats. #11256660

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe March 01, 2015

Congrats Bill on your outstanding 2nd Place! #11256833

Jeff Sielski March 01, 2015

Congratulations Bill! #11256887

Kathy Salerni level-deluxe March 01, 2015

Huge congrats on your well deseved Second Place Winner, Bill! #11256906

Don Christiana March 01, 2015

Congrats Bill on your amazing Gold winning image. As always perfection all the way. Fantastic work. #11257021

Teresa Burnett level-deluxe March 01, 2015

I just knew we would see this one again, Bill!! Huge Congratulations on the well deserved win!! #11257052

Michelle Alton March 01, 2015

What could be better? Congratulations on this touching winner. #11257434

Nadia Paul March 01, 2015

Congrats on this beautiful and deserving win Bill! #11257669

Ann Coates level-classic March 01, 2015

Congratulations on your beautiful winner. #11257729

Joannie Bertucci level-classic March 01, 2015

Bill, this image is so captivating and your story makes it even more special! Congrats on your gold badge! #11257737

Emile Abbott level-deluxe March 02, 2015

Congratulation first on seeing this experience, photographing it and becoming a winner. #11257925

Robert R. Goodman March 02, 2015

Hi Bill,Congratulations. #11257971

Kim Strausbaugh March 02, 2015

Congrats Bill! #11258464

Glenn E. Traver March 03, 2015

Congratulations Bill ~ GT #11259025

Ellen Hodges March 03, 2015

Huge congrats on a fab winner, Bill! Soooo beautiful!! #11259290

Debbie Price August 30, 2015

Great timing. Love this❤ #11352302

Emile Abbott level-deluxe March 12, 2016


G. Margaret Hennes level-classic March 13, 2016

Congrats on your double gold! #11446772

Ed Lauderdale level-classic March 29, 2016

Bill, I don't know if you're still active, but I just wanted say that this is my favorite of Your ATEP's!! #11453673

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