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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Bushwhacking for Hawk

All red flowers are Claret Cup Cactus
Due to the presence of a Swainson's Hawk on a distant yucca I decided that the three amigos would try to get as close as we could to the raptor before it took off.  We did quite well.

Although I was hesitant about bushwhacking through grassy areas to get near the hawk we did it anyway.  We were rewarded--at least I was--with an opportunity to get some pretty good photos of the Swainson's.  It took flight not long after we approached.

Willow, Frio and I explored an area of the desert we'd not been in before, and it was a really beautiful section of northern Chihuahuan Desert.  We were out there a lot longer than we have been in recent days, but at least the temperature was bearable and there wasn't much wind.

This & next:  will it still be there when we get closer?


Buds on Prickly Pear



This & next 2:  we were able to get fairly close

Swainson's Hawk


This & next 3:  panoramic views






Huge Torrey Yucca

This & next 2:  more panoramas



Close to Tellbrook Arroyo

Organ Mountains

 

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

My favorite photo is the first one (the Claret Cup flowers). I'm glad you were able to photograph the Swainson's Hawk. I especially like the second image of the hawk.

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