Saturday, December 14, 2013

Pronghorn from Las Cienega

Las Cienega Wilderness, Southern Arizona. Empire Ranch sits among the 25,000 acres of what is now Las Cienega Wilderness. Empire Ranch began in 1860 as a 160 acre ranch. Many Western Films were made on the ranch including: Red River, Oklahoma, 3:10 to Yuma, Hombre, and Winchester '73. John Wayne, Paul Newman, Jimmy Stewart, Steve McQueen, William Holden, James Garner, Shirley Jones, Maureen O'Hara, and Janet Leigh were among the many stars who were filmed there. 

The area today is a haven for wildlife: a wide variety of Birds, Pronghorn, Black Tailed Prairie Dogs, Javelinas, Jackrabbits, Bobcats, Coyotes, etc. I've spent many an hour birding or looking for Pronghorn. This year I came across a small herd of about 20 Pronghorn. Pronghorn are generally very difficult to get close to. They have enormous eyes which can detect movement from 4 miles away. Yet, this group allowed me some wonderful photos before running off. 


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