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Feathers are flying on the grouse prairies

Two male sharp-tailed grouse battle for dominance on a dancing ground (lek) in Montana in the first week of May. (Jaimie Johnson)
Two male sharp-tailed grouse battle for dominance on a dancing ground (lek) in Montana in the first week of May. (Jaimie Johnson)

WILDLIFE WATCHING — Dancing and strutting isn't enough for sharp-tailed grouse during the spring mating season that's underway. The males duke it out pretty good to show dominance for breeding the females that are walking around nonchalantly watching the show.

Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson captured this action this week from a bind in Montana.

 




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