lek display

Blackcock Lek

Blackcock Lek - Photographing Black Grouse on their nuptial display lek is something that requires a bit of extra effort and discomfort on the part of the photographer. The males arrive on the lek well before dawn so there is always a risk of disturbing the birds if you mistime your appearance at the hide in the early hours. Over the years I have come to the conclusion that it’s probably best to go in to the hide the night before and sleep there.  Last month under a full moon the noisy neighbours kicked off at 3.30 am a full hour and an half earlier than I would normally have expected any birds...

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