Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
For several years Great Horned Owls have nested in caves along the wash of the Homestead Trail in Saguaro National Park. Yesterday, Christine's brother and his family and I walked that one mile trail. And sure enough, there were the pair of Great Horns. They put on a nice show for us. Here are a few of the photos:
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
Having five acres in the desert brings wonderful surprises from time to time. I had had a good day yesterday on Mount Lemmon photographing birds. Spent three and a half hours on Incinerator Ridge. I'll post the photos in the next couple of days.
But, in the meantime, as Christine and I settled down to watch a movie at about 7:00 pm last night a thirsty young male Bobcat came by. After a couple of minutes (yes minutes) drinking, he wandered off to the back of our property.
Here is a sample of the photo series:
Thursday, June 18, 2015
On Tuesday, I headed over to Empire Gulch, Las Cienegas -- about a 45 minute drive from our B&B. I got a late start, and the fact that it was 110 degrees probably was the reason the birding wasn't quite so good.
Unaffected by the heat, though, were the Black Tailed Prairie Dogs and Southwestern Fence Lizards. So I thought I'd show them off today:
|Black Tailed Prairie Dog (note the black tip at the end of the tail)|
|Southwestern Fence Lizard|
Something about the last photo that I really like; maybe the old fence post, the rusty barbed wire, or the "regal-ness" of the lizard on top of his post. Or maybe it's that it poses the lifelong question of "sitting on the fence" not knowing or unable to proceed. However, that's probably a little too deep for this blog.
Have a nice day.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Got up before dawn this morning to get to Sweetwater Wetlands at daybreak. Within five minutes I noticed out on one of the islands there was an animal. He was peeking his little head out from behind cover. Moments later he was out in the open where I could clearly see him. He never knew I was there. A Raccoon! Here are some photos:
Monday, June 15, 2015
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
The Elegant Tern was not the only bird though. I couldn't pass up several other birds without a photograph. I've said this before, the most reliable place in Southern Arizona to find the Black Crowned Night Heron is Lakeside Park. Day before yesterday was no different, We saw six adults and three juveniles.
One of the adults put on a fishing exhibition which I caught on camera:
|Black Crowned Night Heron|
|Here he is showing me what he caught.|
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
I often go off to faraway wilderness areas to photograph wildlife. Sometimes there won't be another human in sight --- for days. On the other hand, sometimes a "rare" bird finds its way to a local municipal park amongst fishermen, dog-walkers, picnickers, etc.
Lakeside Municipal Park is such a place. A couple of years ago it was a Brown Pelican, last year it was a White Pelican, this year it was -- still is an Elegant Tern.
Yesterday I saw the ET reported at about 1:30 in the afternoon (ABA Birding News). Christine and I were there by 2:00. We walked around the lake finding the tern after a half mile or so.