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.
Two males sizing up each other.
Why can’t we all just get along?
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