northshorehiker 2:37pm, 9 May 2008
So I rolled outta bed at about 3:30am this morning and layered on the clothes and headed out the door to the car, containing my already-packed photo backpack, all set to head down to the Sharptail Grouse blind in the Barnum/Kettle River area. The information I received via e-mail recommended being in the blind, ready to go, 45 minutes before sunrise, which meant by 5am. I managed to be all set up with the D200, Tokina ATX 300/2.8 (manual focus) and 2x teleconverter mounted on the tripod by about 4:50, by the light of the headlamp. "WTF am I doing in the middle of a field at this unholy hour?" It didn't take long to be reminded. I started hearing clucking and the pounding of grouse feet, probably at least a half hour before I could see them. I'm hoping the videocamera was able to pick up some of the sounds; it's actually pretty neat. Anyway, despite the fact that it's May, I needed every last layer I had, but managed to get a couple halfway decent photos.

If anyone's interested in giving this a go, they'll probably still have openings during the week for a little while longer this spring. Let me know, and I can send you an e-mail address to contact for more information.

I'm going to sleep now.

They look delicious!
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