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Sharp-tailed Grouse Lek - Grasslands National Park | by Paul B Jones
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Sharp-tailed Grouse Lek - Grasslands National Park

This is the parking lot at the third stop on Ecotour route through the west block of Grasslands National Park in southwestern Saskatchewan. Sharp-tailed Grouse use the clear, flat circular area as a lek or dancing ground. Early in the morning (and again in the evening) from March into July (with a peak in April/May) the males gather here to compete for female attention in a fantastic spinning display of foot drumming, wing fanning and tail feather rattling. My friend Markus Lilje is posing at the site after the birds moved on for the day.

 

Markus devised the plan to secure photos of the grouse - before dawn we parked half in the ditch off to the left and then crawled under the vehicle and used it as a blind.

  

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Taken on June 5, 2012