The behavior of the Lesser Prairie Chickens on the Lek is textbook lekking behavior, involving competing males and selecting females. It was fascinating to watch these birds, and I was fortunate to be able to do it.
The process begins as competing males dance and display for selecting females.The males cackle and boom and stamp their feet on the ground. The females appear to be unimpressed. The males begin to challenge each other on the lek.
A photo slide show showing challenges on the lek:
Next post: The challenges escalate into battles.