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An elementary age boy knocks over his opponent in an inflatable jousting ring.

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A brother and sister have a water fight on their trampoline.

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Wild male Attwater’s prarie-chickens face off for the chance to breed with females at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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Wild male Attwater’s prarie-chickens face off for the chance to breed with females at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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Wild male Attwater’s prarie-chickens face off for the chance to breed with females at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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Wild male Attwater’s prarie-chickens face off for the chance to breed with females at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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Wild male Attwater’s prarie-chickens face off for the chance to breed with females at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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Two male Attwater’s prairie-chickens face off at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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Two male Attwater’s prairie-chickens face off at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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Two male Attwater’s prairie-chickens fight for dominance and position at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve. Though fights are common, the birds are seldom injured. The strongest males usually end up in the center of the booming ground, displaying and squabbling constantly with other males in case a female flies in to select a mate.

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Girls fight for candy from a pinata at a ten-year-old’s birthday party.

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Pretend casualties of a pretend shootout draw crowds at NebraskaLand days in North Platte.

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Roseate spoonbills engage in battle in the Pantanal, one of the world’s largest wetlands, in Brazil.

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Roseate spoonbills engage in battle in the Pantanal, one of the world’s largest wetlands, in Brazil.

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Confrontation between two grizzlies over salmon fishing territory at Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Katmai National Park.

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Two grizzly bears facing off over fishing territory at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park Alaska.

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Two male Attwater’s prairie-chickens (endangered) fight over the attention of nearby females on a booming ground in Texas.

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A male Attwater’s prairie-chicken (endangered) shakes off the rain. Waiting all day for females in an open pasture means exposure to the elements; in extreme weather, some birds die.

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Two male Attwater’s prairie-chickens (endangered) fight at the Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve, the last functional lek known to exist.

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An endangered male Attwater’s prairie chicken booms inside a pen at the Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR. Captive-raised males are allowed to breed and then turned loose while the females incubate their eggs in the pen.

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A captive male Attwater’s prairie-chicken takes on all comers, viewing humans as well as fellow APC’s as competition for females.

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‘Frankie’ the male Attwater’s prairie chicken boomed and strutted outside a pen at the APC NWR for weeks, hoping to get a chance to mate. His persistence paid off; he was eventually let inside the pen and mated successfully.

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Two male Attwater’s prairie-chickens (endangered) face off on the Nature Conservancy’s booming ground near Texas City, TX.

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During the booming season, endangered male Attwater’s prairie-chickens shake their tail feathers like there’s no tomorrow hoping to attract a mate.

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