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| p.1 #9 · Greater Prairie Chickens |
Thanks for all of the comments... I've photographed Sharp-tailed grouse in the past, but this was my first time with Prairie Chickens. I enjoyed the experience so much that I've penciled myself in for another shoot in April 2014.
@JohnBrose... I drove up from the East Central MN (Stillwater) on a Friday night and spent a short night in a motel in Moorhead, MN. I woke up at 3:45 am and was in the blind by 4:45 am. There are two blinds at this reserve and they are fairly spacious. I think that they could accommodate 3 photographers and their gear. Once you're in, you have to stay until all the birds leave. Because it was overcast and spring was late, the males remained in the lek longer than normal. I didn't leave the blind until 9:45. The light was so poor that I shot most of the images @ iso 800-3200 & f4 to 4.5. In some ways, this made for a better shoot as the light was even. Sunrise is pretty fast in May, and had it been a clear day, the shooting window would have been really brief.
send me a pm or email if you want more info.