|Kristen captures a Tucson sunset at Saguaro National Park|
|Saguaro National Park|
|White-winged Doves on a Saguaro Cactus|
After successfully finding Whiskered Screech-Owls, Elf Owls and Flammulated Owls, I went home for a several hour sleep. The next day was even more challenging! Lots of hiking! When people come to Arizona, they want to see everything! Living here allows me to focus on places and absorb. Now if I were traveling here as a visitor, I'd have to pick and choose which birds I'd want to see. Florida, you know I'm talking about you:)
And while searching for the quail, we discovered nesting Northern Goshawks! These photos above are a first for Las Aventuras. This accipter species is EXTREMELY difficult to capture on camera. We had to play a game to get the shot. In the morning, we had accidentally flushed the bird from a tree. It was quick to disappear and went almost undetected. But my ears honed in on a moving branch. Khanh quickly spotted the bird as I pointed to the area where the noise was made.
|Khanh at the infamous "Split Rock" searching for a Spotted Owl in Miller Canyon|
My weekend would continue and by Sunday I was really needing my rest. Then Monday would come and I would meet up with a wonderful lady by the name of Bonnie from Wales. We had a great time as we discovered a Wood Duck, several rare Tucson Inca Doves, and a wonderful look at a Wilson's Warbler. She also was able to observe the Mexican subspecies of Mallards nesting in our park while I also helped her get two lifers, the Vermilion Flycatcher and Lucy's Warbler. She had great views of both!
My week ended and I was exhausted. What an amazing time out with some wonderful people! Southern Arizona is one of the most beautiful places on this planet. Its' harsh conditions and epic landscapes make it a "must see". Time is often a factor when planning a trip here. If you can't fit it all in, there's always another trip:) Until next time......