Obsession

HarrybHarryb old and lazyPosts: 22,700Super Moderators moderator
edited May 14, 2012 in Wildlife
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

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Except for this one male GBH
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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.
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Her reactions to his advances were rather consistant
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He kept on trying
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The 231st try wasn't the charm
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"feet don't fail me now"
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Finally one day he was able to land in the nest however about 10 seconds later the mate arrived carrying a large stick
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It was kind of reassuring to see someone having less luck than I did in HS.
Harry
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  • PGMPGM Pam McI Posts: 2,006Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 30, 2012
    That is so hilarious! I really feel sorry for the guy. Wonderful photos as always. Best, Pam
  • Dick on ArubaDick on Aruba My name is Dick. So what? Posts: 3,484Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 30, 2012
    Fantastic set Harry. He look really pissed in the second capture.
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  • FisheadFishead Major grins Posts: 130Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 1, 2012
    Very nice series!
  • MakeMeShutterMakeMeShutter Guest Posts: 386Unregistered / Not Logged In Major grins
    edited May 1, 2012
    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!
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Posts: 22,700Super Moderators moderator
    edited May 1, 2012
    PGM wrote: »
    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.
    Harry
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  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Posts: 22,700Super Moderators moderator
    edited May 1, 2012
    Fantastic set Harry. He look really pissed in the second capture.

    That's determination, misplaced but determined

    Thanks Dick
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  • NorthernFocusNorthernFocus Ignorance is truly bliss. Posts: 1,347Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 2, 2012
    Great shots and commentary, Harry.
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  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Posts: 22,700Super Moderators moderator
    edited May 3, 2012
    Fishead wrote: »
    Very nice series!

    Thanks Allan
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  • Dennis KaczorDennis Kaczor Major grins Posts: 2,413Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 3, 2012
    Nice set of images Harry, looks like you had a very productive time.
    Regards - Dennis

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  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Posts: 22,700Super Moderators moderator
    edited May 3, 2012
    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
    Harry
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    How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Posts: 22,700Super Moderators moderator
    edited May 4, 2012
    Great shots and commentary, Harry.
    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.
    Harry
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    How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
  • carlogallianicarlogalliani Major grins Posts: 769Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 7, 2012
    very nice series
  • BigAlBigAl Major grins Posts: 2,294Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 7, 2012
    Lovely series Mr B, you certainly have not lost your ability to build a story!

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  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Posts: 22,700Super Moderators moderator
    edited May 9, 2012
    very nice series
    BigAl wrote: »
    Lovely series Mr B, you certainly have not lost your ability to build a story!

    Sent from my PMP5080B using Tapatalk 2

    Thanks very much, glad you enjoyed them.
    Harry
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  • pinkapinka Big grins Posts: 12Registered Users Big grins
    edited May 9, 2012
    simply beautiful, I love the 1st one almost forming a heart... but all are very beautiful
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  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Posts: 22,700Super Moderators moderator
    edited May 10, 2012
    pinka wrote: »
    simply beautiful, I love the 1st one almost forming a heart... but all are very beautiful

    Thank you.
    Harry
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  • Dennis KaczorDennis Kaczor Major grins Posts: 2,413Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 13, 2012
    Nice set Harry, #2 for me.
    Regards - Dennis

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  • dlplumerdlplumer Major grins Posts: 8,007Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 14, 2012
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Posts: 22,700Super Moderators moderator
    edited May 14, 2012
    Nice set Harry, #2 for me.
    dlplumer wrote: »
    Crazy good, Harry bowdown.gif

    Thanks very much Dan and Dennis.
    Harry
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    How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
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