Greater Prairie-Chicken Photos © Bill Schmoker

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Greater Prairie-Chicken near Valentine, Nebraska, 2/15/03.

Greater Prairie-Chicken near Valentine, Nebraska, 2/15/03.

 

Greater Prairie-Chickens, Wray, Colorado, 4/7/02

Although the day was foggy and misty, the chickens showed up on the lek at first light.

Male Greater Prairie-Chicken with air sacs and pinnae (horn-like feathers) relaxed.

Male Greater Prairie-Chicken beginning its display by inflating its air sacs and dancing while making its distinctive calls.

Male Greater Prairie-Chicken fully displaying its air sacs and pinnae.

Here's what all the fuss is for- a female Greater Prairie-Chicken with displaying male in the background.

Of course, conflicts over lek territories sometimes erupt.

If the stare-down doesn't work, sometimes a little more drastic action is required.

The feathers are flying- hope the ladies appreciate this!

All photographs copyrighted by the author. Publication-quality 300dpi versions and prints of many of the images contained in this web site are available- inquiries welcomed- email bill@schmoker.org