Desert Photo Retreat – Summer 2018

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A red-tailed hawk was a regular visitor - it even would take baths in the "water hole".

A red-tailed hawk was a regular visitor – it even would take baths in the “water hole”.

We took a very short trip to Arizona this week to check on the Desert Photo Retreat. Thanks to a squirrel eating through the power cord to the solar panel, my auto bird feeder didn’t work, but my water system seemed to work well. But, the most fun was going through the game cam to see who was visiting. Had all the regulars – the gray fox pair had 3 young which was so exciting! The javelina had two babies, even the skunk had a little one! Also had deer, coyote, numerous birds and more. Here are a few of the highlights out of almost 10,000 photos.  More photos below.

I believe this is a great-horned owl coming in above a stripped skunk. Since they don't have any sense of smell, the great-horned owl is the only natural predator of the skunk. Since I have my camera set to only take a photo every 30 seconds, I really don't know what happened next.

I believe this is a great-horned owl coming in above a stripped skunk. Since they don’t have any sense of smell, the great-horned owl is the only natural predator of the skunk. Since I have my camera set to only take a photo every 30 seconds, I really don’t know what happened next.

 

A baby skunk. For size reference, compare this to the adult in the previous photo.

A baby skunk. For size reference, compare this to the adult in the previous photo.

 

Javelina and at least two little babies.

Javelina and at least two little babies.

 

Hard to see in the photo, but there are 5 gray fox! So the I can safely say our resident pair had at least 3 off-spring. Would have loved to seen them! Early in the summer, they were very small.

Hard to see in the photo, but there are 5 gray fox! So the I can safely say our resident pair had at least 3 off-spring. Would have loved to seen them! Early in the summer, they were very small.

 

A quail family!

A quail family!

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