My grouse photography tour has ended, what a trip!

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My grouse photography tour has ended, what a trip!
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I type this from my hotel room near the Denver Airport. I will head home in a few hours. This trip (through Trogon Photo Tours) mainly comprised opportunities to photograph Greater prairie chicken, Sage grouse, Dusky grouse, Sharp-tailed grouse, and Willow ptarmigan. I have attached a couple of photos, with more to come once I get home. It was really, really COLD for the Sage grouse and especially the Sharp-tailed grouse. I managed to stay warm enough but I could not find a satisfactory solution to keeping my hands warm while also having adequate dexterity with camera controls. Big mitten-flap gloves with chemical hot packs were warming, but I could not control the camera well. "Photography" gloves with openable forefinger and thumb were passable for camera controls, but not as warm. I would end up taking the gloves off and putting them on alternately. Off on, off on.

I have no cold weather trips planned anytime soon, so I will have adequate time to consider the "hands" issue further in coming months or even years.

Exuberant Greater prairie chicken near Wray, Colorado. Nikon Z7 plus 500mm f5.6PF.

White-tailed ptarmigans, Loveland Pass, Colorado, Panasonic Lumix G9 with 100-400mm zoom

Sage grouse near Walden, Colorado. Olympus E-M1X with 300mm f4 + MC14 teleconverter

 Doug Greenberg's gear list:Doug Greenberg's gear list
Nikon Coolpix P7800 Nikon 1 V2 Nikon D500 Nikon D850 Nikon Z7 +12 more
Nikon Z7 Panasonic Lumix DC-G9
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