Black grouse courtship / lekk 1 day

Address: 69597 Tived Date: Sunday 8 apr 2018 - Saturday 28 Apr 2018 Show map

Address: 69597 Tived

Far out in the wilderness in the marsh the black grouses gather dressed to kill for courtships in dances and fights. Like ghosts the either appear or fly in by dusk. Who will be the one whom the hens finds most fit? Or will a goose hawk come and strike?

Before sun rise we head out to the marsh to watch the courtship of the black grouse.
After the sun rise the males appear like ghosts dressed to kill among the tufts and hollows.

The characteristic courtship song is the only thing breaking the morning silence. The dancing will commence and can be so wild that feathers be flying.
The black grouses may have been playing at this site for centuries.
Everything can happen during the courtship - who will be the one succeeding the others? Or will there come a goshawk and try to prey one of the males?

The black grouse is also very watchful and great carefulness is needed as well as silence, to show regard. The excitement during the play is great and the courtship environment in the marsh is very scenic.

Included is information about the black grouse, their living conditions and habitat as well as which precautions and regard to be taken during the activity. Coffee, tea and breakfast is included (there are veg. alternatives of course)

You stay at our partners Hamgården during the night in a comfortable bed. In the middle of the night you rise up. We travel and walk to the hide by the courtship grounds in good time before the sun rises. In the mystical darkness we sneak out in the shining of our head lamps.
Let the courtship begin!

Of course this activity is possible to combine with our capercaillie lekk.

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