I Find a Red-tailed Hawk’s Nest in the Desert
Yesterday, at sunrise, I drove back out Darby Wells Road looking for desert sunrise shots and happened upon a hawk atop a saguaro. Though from my angle, I could not see a red tail, I assumed it was a Red-tailed hawk. Poking around in the desert after the hawk flew off, I noticed a large stick nest in the crotch of a tall saguaro nearby.
As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.
So, at dawn this morning, I headed right back out there to see if I could catch someone on the nest. When I arrived a hawk was flying in the vicinity of the nest so I settled in to wait and see if it would light in the nest.
Not too long and one came in and perched on top of a nearby saguaro.
Then, a second hawk flew in with a new stick to add to the nest, but I just missed her arrival. In these images I could see the red tail making identification a little more certain. I kept focusing on her hoping to capture a nice flight shot as she dropped out of the nest towards me, but …
… of course she chose to go out the back door instead.
On these early morning trips out in the desert I enjoy seeing the first rays of sunlight hit portions of the desert floor.
Ok, does anyone else see the guy holding a rifle on the other cowboy in the saguaro image above?
Not a great shot, but it is my first shot of a desert regular, a Phainopepla. I see quite a few of them perched on the upper branches of trees everyday here, but they always take flight before I can get near enough for a shot.
Continued on into Ajo to check out the grocery store and fillup the Prius.
Weather every day here has been identical to the day before, perfectly clear blue skies, temperature around 80, nights pleasant at 55. Except for the occasional coyote, it has been incredibly quiet here.
After returning to my site, I had a white pickup stop and a man identified himself as being with the Border Patrol and asked if I had recently seen any “ razors “ go by. I was a little suspicious of this guy and his partner since they weren’t wearing uniforms, there was no decal on the vehicle door and no government plates, obviously a personal vehicle. Makes me a little nervous now out here pretty much by myself.
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