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Nebraska Birds

In April 2016 I spent four days on a ranch in the Sand Hills of Nebraska photographing Short-tailed Grouse. An additional bonus was a lek of Greater Prairie Chickens. Nearing the end of the breeding season, the birds were very active. Air travel being what it has become, I decided to travel as light as possible which meant leaving my long and heavy lens at home. These images were captured entirely with the new Canon 400mm f/4 DO II. This lens with a x1.4 III extender plus the extra reach of my Canon 7D Mk 2 turned out to be nearly perfect for birds this size. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed capturing them.
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse (F)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (F)
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Greater Prairie Chicken
Greater Prairie Chicken
Greater Prairie Chickens
Greater Prairie Chickens
Greater Prairie Chickens
Greater Prairie Chickens
Greater Prairie Chickens
Greater Prairie Chickens
Greater Prairie Chickens
Greater Prairie Chickens
Greater Prairie Chickens
Greater Prairie Chickens
Greater Prairie Chicken
Greater Prairie Chicken
Greater Prairie Chicken (F)
Greater Prairie Chicken (F)
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird