Monday, May 24, 2021

Interesting Creatures in Arizona

A wild pig that crossed the path and went to the pond for a drink at Sweetwater Wetlands.
We enjoyed seeing a variety of wildlife, including bullfrogs (which we could hear all the time),
turtles, hummingbirds, wading birds, song birds, and a few usual and unusual mammals.

A rabbit.

A cotton rat.

A lizard, also on the path where we were walking.

Two scaled quail in a grassy field along the road as we were driving.

A coot with two chicks.

A sora rail at the Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson. Rails are very secretive birds as they live in the reeds.

We enjoyed another long day watching birds, scenery, and other wildlife while driving towards the eastern part of the state. We are now in Portal, Arizona, in the Chiricahua Mountains near Cave Creek Canyon. I’ve picked out photos of animals as well as the birds we saw today.

© 2021 mae sander for maefood dot



Jeanie said...

That baby coot chick is the cutest thing I've ever seen!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What incredibly amazing photos. I've never seen a coot before, dear, so that was a treat. I've never heard of a sora rail before, so I enjoyed that photo, too. Wonderful wildlife photos in and around Tucson.

DVArtist said...

Yep, AZ has some great critters and creatures. I miss it so much.

kathyinozarks said...

Lovely photos-we have always enjoyed the wildlife too-have a good trip

My name is Erika. said...

Wow Mae, you are seeing some interesting animals. Are you also doing more sightseeing in Tucson, other than birding and animal watching? Although bird and animal watching is really a lot of fun. Happy T day.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime ( said...

That cotton rat looks more cat than rodent.

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely photos, I love those coots! Valerie

J said...

Mae your photos are lovely, such cute chicks and what gorgeous colours they are.
Enjoy the rest of your vacation
Happy T Day
Jan x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Thanks for sharing the drinking bird with us for T this Tuesday, too (grin).

Iris Flavia said...

Ohhh. Such an abundance of joy!
Thank you for sharing.

Kate Yetter said...

Great photography! It must have been a relaxing say to sit and watch nature.
Happy Tea Day,

Linda Kunsman said...

Love all the animal photos- so wonderful to capture in person.

CJ Kennedy said...

Wonderful photos. Enjoy your trip and safe travels.

Lisca said...

Such amazing wildlife! You got some really good shots. It's like they were posing for you.
The coot chicks are stunning. I didn't know the chicks were this colourful.
I have never seen a wild pig. Here we have boar and swine but they look differently to this pig.
Enjoy the rest of your stay in Arizona,
Happy T-Day,

Let's Art Journal said...

Great photos, so lovely to see all the wildlife 😀. Happy T Day wishes! Hugs, Jo x

Sherry's Pickings said...

rabbits are outlawed here in queensland. it is a massive $66K fine if you have one! we have wild pigs but they lay out poisons for them to kill 'em off.

pearshapedcrafting said...

I've just sneaked peek at your other photos - some of those birds are quite spectacular looking - you really are having a wonderful time! Belated Happy T day, Chrisx

Halle said...

Most of those wildlife I have never seen before...very cool!
Happy T day!

nwilliams6 said...

Wow - these are some great animal pictures! Thanks for sharing them. Happy late T-day!!!!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Rails are elusive. I would need a guide to see them, I think.

Look at those coot chicks. Wow.