A male Greater Prairie Chicken puts on its best display reserves have been discovered in a number of areas close to where it lives, and so its future is looking bleak. About 10 miles east of Gunnison, I arrived at a layby in complete darkness to be in position in time to watch the birds displaying. So this time my car was the hide and a telescope was essential to see anything. It was some time before I spotted several males puffing up their chests and shaking their heads back and forth in their display to several females. The birds are reliant on sagebrush steppe. The lekking season runs for a longer period, from March to May. Heading further west, my next destination was outstandingly beautiful – the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Basing myself at the town of Montrose I was able to visit this National Park twice, and undoubtedly it is worth giving yourself extra time to enjoy the scenery and the birds.