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It was wonderful to see the interaction between this pair of White-breasted Cormorants (Witborsduiker, Afrikaans name) as he tried to woo her with a stick.

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He would pick up a stick or piece of plant and offer it to her whilst she at times was acting a bit standoffish to his overtures.

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They passed the stick to and fro between them giving off low guttural sounds.

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Back and forth as she warmed up to him a bit.

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Accepting the stick and giving it back again.

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Love is in the air and they eventually flew off with the twig to make a nest somewhere. Both White-breasted Cormorants take turns in the incubation.

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