Greater Prairie Chickens

April 27, 2017 at 5:50 am (Bird photography, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , )

Greater prairie chickens battling for dominance

It’s been a month since I saw the greater prairie chickens doing their spectacular mating calls and dance, but I’ve finally gone through all the photos and here are some of the best ones.

There were about two dozen males on the lek on the Switzer Ranch in Burwell, Nebraska late last month. They spent a lot of time “booming” and challenging each other.

No prairie chickens were harmed in the making of this blog.

The facial feathers, the orange eyebrows, and the bladder sacs that create the woo-woo-woo “booming” are dramatic enough, but the little dance and flared wing and tail feathers that go along with it make this display absolutely charming.

Three hens finally showed up, having visited another lek. Apparently they didn’t find the make and model they were looking for, and left the boys strutting their stuff among themselves.

Male displaying for female

Two males sizing up each other.

Why can’t we all just get along?

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Hackberry Flat in Spring

April 25, 2017 at 1:36 pm (Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Wildlife) (, )

American Badger

I figured I’d start with the badger since it’s the most unusual animal of the day. It’s technically not in the boundaries of Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in Southwest Oklahoma, but pretty close. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Booming Grounds

April 7, 2017 at 7:40 am (Bird photography, Nature, Nature photography, Video)

The dance and song of the greater prairie chicken in Nebraska is worth the long trip to see this!

The machine-gun fire of still camera shutters obscures the woowoowoo “booming” but if you turn up the volume you can hear its constant drone in the background. There were two dozen males on this lek in Nebraska sounding off and putting on a display for the three hens that finally flew in.

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Crane Poetry in Motion

March 29, 2017 at 8:42 am (Bird photography, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , , )

Viewing the Greater Sandhill Cranes at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Kearney, Nebraska this weekend. While editing the video I realized some of the frames of cranes in flight had a poetic feel to them. Here are some of them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Birds at my feeder

March 14, 2017 at 8:50 am (Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma)

Male house finch

My best photographs of birds at my backyard feeder come on overcast days, because there are too many window reflections on a sunny day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Owls ‘n Hawks

March 6, 2017 at 5:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography) (, , )

Short-eared owl

Short-eared owl

I understand the short-eared owls at Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in Southwest Oklahoma will be leaving soon for their breeding grounds up north. This was my second time seeing them last Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kestrel (Sparrow Hawk)

February 11, 2017 at 5:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma) (, , )

American kestrel male

American kestrel male

I spent about an hour last month photographing a single male American kestrel, also known as a sparrow hawk. When he first arrived at the blind at Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in southwest Oklahoma, he was wet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Harriers and a Merlin

February 10, 2017 at 5:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography) (, , )

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Harriers, also known as marsh hawks, are a very common sight here in southwestern Oklahoma in winter. Although the Cornell Lab of Ornithology map shows they occur year-round in the northwestern parts of our state, I did not see any last summer. They were replaced by the very numerous Mississippi kites. Read the rest of this entry »

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American Bittern and Some Other Birds

February 9, 2017 at 5:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography) (, )

American bittern

American bittern

Sometimes you have to look hard to find a bird that blends in so well with its surroundings as does the American bittern.

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I was with another birder on Jan. 2 when a photographer drove up and told us where to find a bittern at Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in southwestern Oklahoma. Read the rest of this entry »

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Short-eared Owls

February 8, 2017 at 8:08 am (Birds - Oklahoma, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography) (, , )

Short-eared owl

Short-eared owl

I didn’t get a chance to post my photographs from my January  2 visit to Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in southwest Oklahoma. I flew to Seattle two days later, and did some of the photo editing while there.

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The short-eared owl, which is a winter bird in Oklahoma, is a life bird for me (number 461) and I would have missed them if another birder had not told me there was about a dozen of them hunkered down in the tall grass by the visitor center. Read the rest of this entry »

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