April 18th, 2011

A few weeks ago we headed to Mullen, Nebraska in search of Prairie Chickens and Sharp-pointed Grouse.  This was prime courting/mating season and I wanted to capture the colorful and artistic displays these birds put on while selecting mates.  The owners of the Sandhill Motel have placed old school buses in the leks for these birds and outfitted them as photographer’s blinds.  The photography proved to be quite challenging as both the morning and afternoon shoots were in low light with overcast skies.  The birds also move VERY fast in their courting behaviors, so trying to stop action in low light, at a distance, was difficult.  I cam back with images that had to be cropped down something 1″ by 2″ in most cases and re-worked with Perfect Resize (formerly Genuine Fractals).  I’ll let you be the judge about whether the results were worth it.  I’ll post several of them here over the next few days.


Prairie Chickens

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