Friday, April 16, 2010
Colorado Sage Grouse
My apologies, I lied to you in my last post. I said that my next stop was going to be the Grand Tetons, but ended up in north central Colorado photographing Sage Grouse. I spoke with some Fish & Game/USFS folks after leaving Will's and found out that the Sage Grouse were also appearing on leks or booming grounds. What an awesome sight. The guys blow up these amazingly large esophageal sacks and sound like a rock dropped into a well, all in a effort to attract a female.
The girls seemed interested. I saw as many a 22 males and 17 females on the lek. Although is was 18 degrees, it didn't seem to bother their activities.
A quick trip through the Tetons, which was slow, so arrived in Yellowstone today. Be here for a couple days before leaving the lower 48 and headed north in Alberta.
My apologies to all for not blogging back. Up early and in bed late after photographing so have limited time online.