|Part of Las Cruces and Picacho Peak|
I did a long bushwhack in the outback far west of the mountain whose payoff was encountering a small herd of Javelinas (maybe 8 or 9 individuals, mostly young ones) two of whom I spooked by my proximity; they quickly sped away from me. By the time I was able to track them down I had climbed a high hill and spotted them in the desert below, hence the bad photos of the desert critters I've been seeing more often than ever before here in the northern Chihuahuan Desert. In several of the photos of mama and young 'un you can see the larger Javelina rooting around in a hole; I frequently find these "Javelina holes" where the peccaries have been digging for roots and tubers to eat.
On my way back in this morning I kicked up a young Mule Deer buck who bolted out of the underbrush and put distance between us before I could whip out my camera for a photo. The buck was traveling alone. Later, up on the high foothills trail, I ran into my pal Jimmy, and he and I palavered for a good long while before parting ways.
|Light and shadow|
|Part of Tortugas|
|This and the next: Javelinas (aka Collared Peccaries)|
|Baby Bird rock|
|This and the next: 2 experiments|
|This and the next 3: Mama Javelina and baby|
|Baby Peccary butt|
|Too soon to collect nesting material|
|This and the next 2: the long view|
|This and the next: two more long views|
|This and the next: same arroyo looking west and east|
|This and the next: Cactus Wren in Ocotillo|