Sage Grouse Strut

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Finally had a chance to see a greater-sage grouse lek (and a sharp-tailed lek, too!) last week. It’s nearing the end of lekking season, but there were still about 45 males (and a few females showed up) strutting their stuff.

The first day I went out there were 40 mph winds and I couldn’t even hear them (which is part of the experience!) so I decided to try again the next morning.

I got there super early before most of the males arrived, and was lucky enough to have one guy close enough for some decent photos. Pretty cool stuff! Here’s a long series of his love dance.

 

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Jill Wussow

Jill Wussow

, 31, is a seasonal field biologist, nature photographer and nomad. She has worked with several federally endangered bird species (including the Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo and Piping Plover), sea turtles, and bats all over the United States. She is rarely in one place for more than a few months at a time and her whereabouts are often confusing. Field work has given her great opportunity to travel often and meshes with her passion for wildlife and nature photography perfectly. Through her photography, Jill hopes to convey her love and respect of the natural world.

Jill Wussow

Jill Wussow

Jill Wussow is a seasonal field biologist, nature photographer and nomad. She has worked with several federally endangered bird species (including the Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo and Piping Plover), sea turtles, and bats all over the United States. She is rarely in one place for more than a few months at a time and her whereabouts are often confusing. Field work has given her great opportunity to travel often and meshes with her passion for wildlife and nature photography perfectly. Through her photography, Jill hopes to convey her love and respect of the natural world.

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Brenda Robinson

I love this bird! I would love to see it in the wild some day. We cannot let it become extinct. It must be protected!