Cost; 1600 NOK pr person pr night
Booking; email here
You are about to experience the amazing theater of lekking Black Grouses. The following details can help you to prepare and to make sure that you get the most out of your night – AND to make sure that the birds are not disturbed by your presence.
YOUR GUIDE, Mr. Terje Kolaas, can be reached on phone +4790836246 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org
MEETING POINT AND TIME is at the Esso gas station at Åsen (about 20 km south of Levanger) at 18:00. The address to be found here. From the meeting point we will drive into the forest where you park your car for the night. Please inform us in front of your arrival if you do not intend to bring your own car. If so, we will gladly transport you and pick you up the next morning for an additional cost of 500 NOK.
WALKING TO THE HIDE will only take 5 minutes. The bog will be wet, so water proof boots (Wellingtons recommended!) are absolutely necessary.
THE HIDE is a DOG-HOUSE pop-up-blind with a ground square of 170x170 cm. It is equipped with a camping chair, a plastic floor and a sleeping pad making a dry sleep possible. The hide is not heated, so the temperature inside will be equal to the one outside, which in late April/early May will be around 0 degrees C. It is an absolutely must to bring a sleeping bag or a thermal suit to keep warm. We`re glad to provide a warm sleeping bag for an additional cost of 300 NOK on request. The hide has no toilet facilities, so please bring your prefered facility or prepare the way that suit you most. It is possible to leave the hide for pleasing your nature between“the evening display” and “the dusk display”. There is 4G cell phone connection on the site (with Telenor).
WHAT GEAR TO BRING is always a matter of your taste. Since it is a very short walk, we recommend to bring both your short and your longest lenses. A tripod is essential since the light will be limited and fast lenses (f-stop 2,8 - 4) are always to be prefered. Some of the birds can be as close as 10 meters away from the hide . The birds are sensitive to fast movements and sounds, so move your lens very carefully and dont make any noise! Normal shutter sound is no problem, though.
WHAT CLOTHINGS TO WEAR is again a matter of taste and your personal preference, but water proof boots and anything that keeps you warm through the night is necessary. If you prefer to photograph on a low level you have to lay down on the wet floor and water proof trousers and a water proof jacket is needed to keep you dry.
THE BLACK GROUSE ROUTINE is somewhat predictable and normally divided into three parts;
- the evening display takes place at about sunset (+/- 1 hour). Because of this you should be ready in your hide at 20:00 o`clock THE LATEST. The evening display ends when it is all dark and all the birds leave the lek site simultaniously. NB: it is completely normal that the birds leave the site for short periods (2-10 minutes) during all parts of the lekking. DO NOT LEAVE THE HIDE UNLESS THE BIRDS HAVE BEEN AWAY FOR MINIMUM 30 MINUTES AT THE EVENING DISPLAY!
- the dusk display is the next part of the show. It starts anytime between 02:00 and 04:00 at night, so you should be ready in your hide at 02:00 o`clock THE LATEST. From now you shall under no circumstance leave the hide earlier than 08:30 the next morning! The dusk display is the most intense part of the lekking and is the part where the females tend to show up – if they show up. It is totally normal that ALL the birds fly away simultaniously once in a while, but they will normally not be away for more than a few minutes. If they dont come back within 20 minutes, they have probably entered their pause between the dusk display and...
- the sunrise display. After a longer break all the birds come back for a last session – lasting anything between 20 minutes and two hours. This is usually just after sunrise and the length of the session vary. The birds can take short breaks also during this session. If they have been away for at least 1,5 hour, you can safely leave the site being confident that they will not come back again. The show is over for today.
Please bring everything you brought into the hide back with you when you leave. And we always appreciate a phone call or a sms confirming that everything went fine and that the lekking experience was beyond all expectations :)
THANKS FOR VISITING AND WELCOME BACK!