Tag Archives: Wildlife

Geese

Winter brings many thousands of geese to wildlife refuges in Oklahoma. 100,000 or more geese may inhabit a single refuge. I have photographed on three of the four state refuges which attract large numbers of geese.

Snow goose, Sequoyah National Wildlife RefugeSnow goose, Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

Snow geese (blue phase in middle), Sequoyah National Wildlife RefugeSnow geese (blue phase in center), Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

Snow geese, Sequoyah National Wildlife RefugeSnow geese, Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

Snow geese landing on Sequoyah National Wildlife RefugeSnow geese landing on Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

_IGP2938wCanada geese and moon, Washita National Wildlife Refuge

_IGP0446wSnow geese and Canada geese, Washita National Wildlife Refuge

_IGP0480wCanada geese and snow geese, Washita National Wildlife Refuge

_IGP6509Canada geese, Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge

The Lesser Prairie Chicken

The lesser prairie chicken is on the verge or being placed on the endangered species list. This member of the grouse family has always had a limited range and that range is becoming more limited due to fragmentation of habitat made worse recently by the establishment of large wind farms in northwest Oklahoma. I have photographed them the last two springs during their booming season which is the time when males gather on breeding grounds called leks to do an amazing courtship ritual to impress the hens. These were photographed from a blind on a lek in Harper County, Oklahoma.
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