Lesser Prairie chickens

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Got up a 4 am this morning and went out from Canadian Tx and photographed Prairie chickens displaying on a lek, it turned out to be very difficult to get a shot of them fighting in the air, they are very quick !

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GReat!!! I'd love to happen upon these guys, you were in the right place right time ... the closeup is neat - Jeri Ann
 
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Cool shots. How long did you observe these birds? Looks like the light changed a good bit, so you must have spent many hours out there.
 
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these were shot from a blind, we went in about 5:45 am and the chickens came in around 6:30 am, way to dark to photograph, just barely could make out movement and what a sound they make a crazy laugh. a lot of the fighting took place before the sun came up and no way to get a shot, then when the sun came up they seemed to calm down some with sudden burst of activity then calm again, when the hen showed up they got fired up for a little while. at 9:30 am just like someone blew a whistle they flushed and were gone, after 20 mins they flew back in and stayed till 10:30 or so, at times we had them on top of the blind, this should be happening thru April to first week in May, not sure about an evening shoot I suspect it would be very late if at all.
 

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