Robins courtship ritual ends in disaster as the fly is dropped. Photos by Ivor Ottley (11 images)

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A courting ritual between two robins is cut short - after the female drops an insect the male was trying to feed her. The female stands ready to receive the fly in her open beak but after it is dropped both glance disappointedly at the floor, and the male flies down in an attempt to retrieve it.

This exchange of food is an integral part of the courtship between robins and was captured by professional photographer Ivor Ottley in Suffolk.
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