EXPERIENCE THE DRAGON OF THE FOREST AND ITS ANCIENT DISPLAY
WELCOME TO THE MAGICAL WORLD OF THE CAPERCAILLIE AMONG HILLS, WILD ROSEMARY, BLUEBERRY BUSHES AND CONIFEROUS FOREST!
WHAT IS A CAPERCAILLIE LEK?
The capercaillie is a mysterious and majestic forest bird that has its mating season in April.
This ritual is called 'lek' and this is where the roosters in the area meet to measure their strengths against each other to convince the hens of who's the strongest one and by that the one who gets to mate.
It's all up to the hens to decide and when they do, all of the other roosters will fight to win them over.
In the evening around 19.00 the roosters fly in around the lekking site for their night roost.
This is heard loudly through the forest and can't be missed.
By this time you're already inside of your hide relaxing and enjoying the tranquility.
The night goes by and in the early morning hours a belching sound is heard followed by a gulp and a hiss. You can perceive the sound of wings being dragged along the ground and you can distinguish the capercaillie's stretched neck and fanned tail in the dark. Suddenly the roosters will come at each other and brutal fights can break out and last for several minutes. This show can go on for hours or come and go.
Later, when it's time for the hens to visit the site for choosing a rooster and mate, the lek intensifies.
The place where the hens go is also where all the roosters will follow to lure them away from the so-called main rooster. The number of roosters and hens varies from lek to lek and also from year to year.
It's of great important to have realistic expectations when you join the capercaillie lek.
We recommend you to stay 2 nights as this ritual can be whimsical.
Suddenly the main rooster from last year has been replaced and the lek takes a completely different turn.
As in all our experiences, there is no guarantee of what we will see, it's nature that rules.
But we work all the time to give you the absolute best conditions possible for a successful lek and we use portable hides that we place strategically according to the sites structure.
The tour starts at 15:00 and closes around 12.00 the next day.
The capercaillie is very sensitive to all kinds of disturbance such as weather, wind, sound and movement.
You will step into your hide before 17.00 and not go out until the last rooster has left the day after,
this is usually around 11.00-12.00
A seemingly small disturbance can break an entire lek so it is very important for you to respect this.
To sit in your hide and hear the roosters take place at their night roost, to fall asleep to the song of the woodland and to wake up to the mysterious sounds of this majestic forest bird is a magical experience.
We meet 15:00 at an agreed place and go out in the forest together.
At 17.00 it's time to get into your hide, get ready for the morning and have some supper.
From 04.00 and further it's time to listen and scout for the capercaillies.
A lek can last a whole morning or come and go.
Have some breakfast when given the opportunity, relax and enjoy the nature surrounding you.
At 12.00 ≈ it's time to leave the hide as long as there's no lekking roosters left in the area.
The tour closes.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO COMBINE THE CAPERCAILLIE AND BLACK GROUSE LEK?
Many of our guests comes to see both the capercaillie and black grouse lek in one visit.
Contact us if you want us to put together a package tour for you.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Information about the capercaillie.
Guide to the capercaillie lek site.
Overnight stay in photo hide.
Coffee/tea, supper and breakfast.
Sleeping bag and sleeping pad.
You will receive an invoice via email which must be paid no later than 14 days before arrival.
Cancellation 14 days or more before the start date gives 100% refund. Cancellation less than 14 days before the start date does not give a refund.
PRICE: 2,550 SEK
ACCOMODATION: Portable hide
WHEN: 17 apr - 24 april
WHERE: Dalarna, Sweden
MEETING PLACE: Norberg
BOOK YOUR EXPERIENCE HERE!
Overnight stay in a strategically placed photo blind on the capercaillie lek site.
Coffee/tea, supper and breakfast.
We recommend that you bring good shoes, warm clothes and change, hygiene items, mobile phone, camera, binoculars and water bottle.
OTHER ANIMALS IN THE AREA
Three-toed woodpecker, boreal owl, moose, pine marten, fox, wolf and lynx.
We will contact you the days before your booked trip to arrange meeting places and other details.
Since it is wild animals we work with, small changes can be made in the planning, all to make your experience as good as possible.
We work all the time to ensure that the conditions are the best.