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Attwater prairie chicken - a rare bird

 
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Apr 07, 2017 16:23 |  #1

This is simply a post for record. I was able to see 4 booming males on the Texas coastal prairie this morning but they never came close so these record shots are heavily cropped. Less than 300 of these birds left in the world. The population of this refuge was decimated by flooding last spring and they are down to about 40 birds on the refuge itself. There are captive breeding programs that contribute to the wild but mortality for these birds is high. Thanks for reading this.

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Apr 07, 2017 18:23 |  #2

Nice photos even at a distance. What lens are you using?




  
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Apr 08, 2017 04:33 as a reply to  @ mak65's post |  #3

Thanks. 500mm, f4 mkI


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Apr 08, 2017 05:19 |  #4

Thanks. Heading out to Attwater Prairie Cicken NWR this morning to hopefully see one. Have only 100-400 II with 1.4 extender. If I even get a dot at least I can say I saw one -again, hopefully.




  
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Apr 08, 2017 15:15 |  #5

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Thanks. Heading out to Attwater Prairie Cicken NWR this morning to hopefully see one. Have only 100-400 II with 1.4 extender. If I even get a dot at least I can say I saw one -again, hopefully.

Hopefully by now you have seen more than one. I was where the tour goes to view. Hopefully they will come closer to you.


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Apr 08, 2017 19:41 |  #6

I made it out and saw a few but all at great distance. Definitely not close enough for photos beyond the obligatory "Yes, that blip is actually a prairie chicken." But, I can say I saw one.




  
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Apr 09, 2017 06:44 as a reply to  @ mak65's post |  #7

I understand. The closest one to me was probably 75 yds and it got worse from there.


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Apr 10, 2017 17:28 |  #8

Very interesting. Thank you for posting.


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