April 13, 2004
6:16AM - In a
flurry of wings, Greater Prairie Chicken males quickly arrive
on the lek and begin to boom.
8:35AM - The show is over for the
day and the males fly off to rest and feed in preparation for
tomorrow morning. What a wonderful show it was!
If you live in the
Great Plains and you have never heard and seen booming Greater
Prairie Chickens on their lek, you are missing out on an
amazing experience. I urge you to talk to an experienced
birder and discover how you might be able to make such a trip.
Here are a few of the photographs from my first ever visit to
a prairie chicken lek (Konza Prairie).
This particular lek
site on Konza is part of a research project, and so the lek has
been divided into a grid. These grid markers seem to be popular
"perches" for some of the males. You can also see the bands that
have been placed on the birds.