Then the sky turned bright orange as the sun got nearer to the horizon.
The males continued to be active in their showing off to the ladies of the dawn.
Even a few fights broke out - I think it was an excuse to warm up because the ladies where having none of their advances.
As the sun rose behind the thick clouds, the sky turned a light lavender making it difficult to shoot pictures.
After about a half hour wait, I was able to start getting a few.
Showing off is the great ability of all the 37 males gathered along the ridge.
More fights broke out and there was not enough light to be able to stop the flailing wings.
Finally a pair of Northern Harriers showed up. One of them attack a male grouse, lifted him up about a foot only to drop him.
After the attack, the grouse ruffled his feathers, and I could not see any injuries or blood.
And then he flew off, looking okay.
On the way home I stopped at Cartier Slough and found three Great-horned owl nests - that is another story.
Oh, what a wonderful morning in the wilds of Idaho. May each of you have a wonderful and bless'ed day.