Desert Museum 2.  Animals, birds, and of course, more cactus
An otter, I think. All animals here are native to the Sonora.

The same can be said for the turtle above. And this tortoise

He was hard to pick out here.
A fabulous raptor display. These were Harris' Hawks. Five of them were let out in sequence. Each immediately lit on a high 
This one preferred a tree branch. They actually accomplished a kill in the 20 minutes we watched. Afterwards, they seemed 

Just when you have it on your screen, it flutters away often while

Lizards are easy to photograph. They don't move much.
is good example of natural color and pattern camouflage.
But in the shade, no problem.
saguaro cactus (very carefully) and studied the landscape. When they spotted a prey, they triangulated the critter and pounced.
very tame, lighting on the arms of the gals that were giving us the demonstration. It's very hard to digitally photograph birds.
the camera is focusing. I have lots of blurred wing pictures.

Next, we entered the bird sanctuary and hoped we could find one of the birds pictured to the left with the funny hooked nose. We did and his picture is to the right!

A hooded oriole beautifully and naturally framed?

Another beautiful desert scene before entering the 

Everyone was told this nest would soon be visited by mommy!
Elaine managed to get one really good pic. They move so fast!
      The sign says.
A female goldfinch choosing between corn or apple.
humming bird house. I photographed one!
Everyone patiently waited with camera in hand.
I gave up. We had more sights to see.

One last look at the beautiful desert.

The century plant lives very long -- a century is probably an exaggeration. It blooms once like a telephone pole, and then withers and dies. Four are pictured here.

Century plant -- blooming

Century plant -- dying

Century plants -- One young, one DEAD!

Driving back to Tucson, the road winds through a pass in the

mountains that literally ring the city. NEXT: Sabino Canyon.

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