Guadalhorce-Mouth near Málaga

Fighting amongst Northern Shovellers

Dezember 07 2011

Dear reader!

Yesterday it was very funny to watch the Northern Shovellers. Two still young males were diving together for hours, but in certain intervals they bowed before each other like courting. We traced that to the insufficient number of present ladies and their wild youth.

So there was nothing but joy and sunshine, if not

one of the adult drakes would have gotten a pang of jealousy:

"I am more young and beautiful than you and I fell hopelessly in love with your wife!", the young one is giving himself airs:

Actually the adult male Northern Shoveller wanted to leave it at that, but this impertinence

could really not go unpunished:

But also the youngster didn't give up und proudly showed

his beautiful plumage:

Now Mr. Northern Shoveller had enough, while the little challenger

being horrified tried to escape:

The winner was clearly the adult drake:

Shortly after all calmed down again!

Best regards

Birgit Kremer

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