March 23, 2007
Today was my first day out photographing sharp tail grouse. It was a very pleasant morning, with temperatures about 32 degrees when I walked out to the lek at about 6:40 a.m. There was light in the eastern sky, and enough light to see the terrain in front of me as I walked towards the lek. I got to the site, and quickly got in the blind and set up.

Another 10 minutes later, the grouse showed up, about 6:55 a.m. or so. It was obviously too dark to photograph at that time. I watched as some clouds moved in, and I also watched a number of lights blinking (from new wind turbines on the northwest horizon - across the Missouri River).

There was okay activity during the morning. However, I am not sure if any females walked through the lek. At times, the birds just stayed in one place and didn't move, as if they were trying to keep warm from the cool southeast wind.

I did notice that the birds had no problem coming right up to my blind. I should be able to get decent photos this year. Also, I found I will have to photograph more to the south and southwest as I set up my blind further north this year.


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