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I recently spent several days near Canadian, TX photographing lesser prairie chickens. These are extremely elusive birds which live their entire life within a small radius of their lek. Early each morning (before daylight) the roosters gather on the lek, play "prairie chicken games" and wait for a hen to make an appearance, hopefully with breeding on her mind. The roosters then put on quite show which is most interesting to watch. By mid morning, all of the chickens return to the prairie and become almost invisible for the rest of the day. Prairie chickens can not live in captivity; and while very hearty in their ability to withstand harsh conditions, they are very sensitive to changes in their environment. If their lek is destroyed, they will no longer breed and will eventually die out. Due to a rapid distraction of their habitat, their future is not very bright.

Because of poor lighting conditions, most of these images were captured at ISO 2000 with a Canon 7D with a Canon EF 500/4 lens wide open. Thanks for looking.

ccougar

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Apr 20, 2012 at 07:06 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Prairie Chickens


Very nice display shots. Too bad about the lighting but you handled it quite well Thanks for posting! Don


Apr 20, 2012 at 07:32 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Prairie Chickens


Great set showing bird behaviour.
Douglas



Apr 20, 2012 at 07:59 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Prairie Chickens


A very nice set Chuck. There is a little noise, but other wise very nice. I like the interaction too ~ Ron


Apr 20, 2012 at 09:04 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Prairie Chickens


Cool set. You don't see a lot of pics of these birds.


Apr 21, 2012 at 12:25 AM
 

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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Prairie Chickens


Super set Chuck

Morris



Apr 21, 2012 at 12:39 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Prairie Chickens


super chicken shots Chuck
not easy to get close to them
good job
Hai



Apr 21, 2012 at 02:42 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Prairie Chickens


lovely series Chuck..


Apr 21, 2012 at 08:45 AM
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I enjoyed these shots, Chuck. I've never seen one in person.

Jim



Apr 21, 2012 at 06:49 PM





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