Yellowlegs Sparring

Yellowleg Battle

I don’t know what these two Yellowlegs were sparring about, but they were pretty serious. They repeated this dance in several spots at the edge of the pond. It might be a mating dance but in October in South Carolina that seems out of sync.

Yellowlegs Sparring
Yellowlegs Sparring

The contrast between the birds and the grassy background isn’t what I had hoped for but the action and their flight skills were fascinating. Click on any photo for a larger view.

Yellowlegs Sparring
Yellowlegs Sparring, taking turns in the air

I don’t usually include this many images in a post but wanted to show the whole sequence. If you have Javascript you can jump to the bottom of this post and view the images as a slideshow.

Yellowlegs Sparring
Yellowleg Faceoff
Yellowlegs Sparring
Yellowlegs grabbing beaks
Yellowlegs Sparring
Yellowleg dropping onto his foe from above
Yellowlegs Sparring
Yellowleg pushing his foe down; the lower bird got partially submerged  but I didn’t get the shot.
Yellowlegs Sparring
Yellowlegs setting up for another round
Yellowlegs Sparring
Yellowlegs in an elegant dance

Slide Show

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