Gerrit Vyn Photography –

Gerrit Vyn is a conservation and wildlife photographer and cinematographer dedicated to telling the stories of endangered animals and habitats. He is a producer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers

A male Spoon-billed Sandpiper pursues a female in a pre-copulatory display. Males raise their wings and give a variety of vocalizations prior to attempting to copulate. There is usually a short chase and the female often avoids the advances. Chukotka, Russia. June.
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A male Spoon-billed Sandpiper pursues a female in a pre-copulatory display. Males raise their wings and give a variety of vocalizations prior to attempting to copulate. There is usually a short chase and the female often avoids the advances. Chukotka, Russia. June.

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