American Kestrel

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American Kestrel.

American Kestrel.

Here is a better look at this beautiful bird as it sits just outside our rv on a Ocotillo.  I was shooting almost straight into the sun, so I made sure I exposed for the bird even though it would mean blowing out the background.

Bird Feeders

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American Kestrel, near Tucson, Arizona.

American Kestrel, near Tucson, Arizona.

Most of the time we have a lot of birds at our feeders, but sometimes we just have one.  🙂  We have a pair of kestrels hanging around the property, and on occasion they will swoop by the feeders looking for a possible meal.  Actually saw one fight with a loggerhead shrike!  Both eventually flew away.

Javelina Family

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Javelina family, Tortolita Mountains, near Tucson, Arizona.

Javelina family, Tortolita Mountains, near Tucson, Arizona.

Well as most people guessed, yesterday’s photo was of a couple baby javelina.  They were so cute and tiny!  This image with the mom puts their size in perspective.  They didn’t stay very far from the mom, and were constantly trying to nurse!

Gray Fox

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Gray Fox.

Gray Fox.

We had a new visitor to our bird feeders yesterday, and this one is really exciting!  The gray fox is such an elusive desert animal that is usually only active at night.  Until this trip, I had only seen one, at sunset in Red Rock Canyon near Vegas.  This guy drank from my water drip, ate some bird seeds off the ground, and spent a lot of time watching the nearby birds, but didn’t go after any.  Maybe he will grab on of the many squirrels raiding our feeders.  🙂