Animals in Arizona

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My first western kingbird.

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Two juvenile kingbirds. The parent was close by in the next tree.

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A zone tailed hawk being chased by a cooper’s hawk. Thanks to Jeremy at AZ Bird Brains for the id. The zone tailed is a first for me.

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On the hike back up the Grand Canyon, we stopped to rest in a shade spot. I heard a noise behind me and the above juvenile robin was watching us.

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White breasted nuthatches were all over the Grand Canyon park. They were pretty skittish though. I couldn’t get close with my 105mm lens.

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I had my wide-angle lens with me when we went to the Sedona airport to take pictures of the rock formations and I happened to notice these two flies having a party. They let me get pretty close.

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Another critter on the trail back up the Grand Canyon. We were resting (which we did often) and this squirrel stopped in the shade, laid down and covered himself in dust. I guess that’s his way of cooling off. The dirt in the shade was probably cooler. There were big signs everywhere about not feeding the squirrels and how they will bite you and give you diseases. Lots of nasty pictures on the signs in case you can’t read English. We still saw people feeding them. What does it take?

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Bunnies were everywhere. This one was near the airport.

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I only saw a few lizards. They were much bigger than the ones running around my yard.

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Another bunny running around the golf course.

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The view near our house. There is a small deer in the bottom right corner.

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Right in front of our house. We came back from dinner one night and they were there. We only saw deer at dusk or dark. They must come out on the golf course when they know it will be empty.

Animals were everywhere in Arizona. I was going to concentrate on landscape pictures and only brought my smaller lenses with me but I kept getting tempted to take pictures of them even though they were usually too far away for me to get a good shot. The first morning we woke up at our rental house in Sedona, we had breakfast out on the back patio and birds were everywhere. We had a house finch nest up in the roof with the parents darting in and out. We had 3 empty hummingbird nests in the bushes along the house. We saw several hummingbirds but I could never get a shot with a 105mm lens. I saw my first steller’s jay and spotted towhee but the pictures are so bad I didn’t want to post them. The highlight was the western kingbird. The golf course was full of them. I will absolutely bring my longer lens on my next visit.

8 thoughts on “Animals in Arizona

  1. HI Dina

    What a wonderful and varied selection of birds, insects adn animals fo rus to see. All wonderful. I think you should aways carry all your lens, just in case they are needed, however we still did see the shots. I have 1 camera with a fixed lens so have to be content with that. at last it is easy to carry around. Those Deer have enormous ears. The Squirrel looks pooped out. great capture of the flies adn lovely to see the young Kingbirds. Never seen them before. Margaret

  2. Amazing how the birds are the same … but vary from place to place. I always go on vacation prepared for landscape and wildlife, because as you said, you just never know. Great shots Dina!

  3. Fabulous view, Dina. Too bad about the long lenses, though. Sedona is a wonderful place, and far enough from Phoenix that it is still quite wild. I laughed about the deer staying off the golf course until the players had quit for the night. Good idea!
    The Stellar’s Jay is the provincial bird of my home province, British Columbia. I must admit I don’t even know what the provincial bird is here in Alberta. Tsk tsk.
    Glad to know you plan to return to Arizona with your long lenses!
    K

  4. Love the kingbirds Dina! Your hawk shot is actually a Zone-tailed Hawk being harassed by a Cooper’s Hawk, cool! Zone-tailed can be separated from Common Black-Hawk by their slimmer wings and barred underwing. A juvenile eagle (Bald and Golden) would have much more white in the tail and wider wings. The Cooper’s Hawk is harder to ID from the similar Sharp-shinned Hawk especially since “sharpies” are present in the White Mountains and Grand Canyon year-round (which is where this was taken?). In southern AZ sharpies aren’t present in the summer. So I’m calling this a “coop” based on it’s size compared to the “zonie”. I would expect a sharpie to have half or less the wingspan of a zonie and this bird is more than half. Hope this is clear-as-mud. 🙂

  5. What beautiful landscape they have “out west”! Great shots of the Kingbird! It’s wonderful to visit new, unfamiliar areas. Have a safe trip home.

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