The bird that got me into bird watching was the Greater Sage Grouse, locally called Sage hens. As a kid I was able to watch the breeding displays of these huge birds only a few times, but loved each experience. The displays and battles of the males on breeding grounds called leks was always an experience that made my heart race. Then I grew up hunting these birds a few times. Mostly I now look forward to late March and early April to watch them.
Here a beautiful male called "Whitey" because of three white feathers on its left side, advertises his availability to area hens.
Here Whitey battles the second in command of the lek, Spike. Fighting over girls has invaded all species of animals and birds around the world. Boys will be boys.
Here a female attempts to entice Whitey to follow through with his advertising. Females picks the father of her children and Whitey will breed most of the females that come to the lek, up to seven a day.
Whitey covers the acceptable female. She now will fly off, building her nest and hopefully she will hatch out six to eight chicks a few weeks later.
A friend of mine will remind me that I am producing "bird porn." Sorry.