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More SE Arizona Images

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Desert birds amaze me, some are so bright and bold in their coloration and yet others are so well camouflaged. This post has some of the more camouflaged winter residents of SE Arizona. The first set of images is from The Pond at Elephant Head.  

Greater Roadrunner on a Saguaro cactus stump.
Greater Roadrunner on a Saguaro cactus stump.
Cactus Wren searching for food.
Cactus Wren searching for food.
Mourning Dove in early morning light.
Mourning Dove in early morning light.
Canyon Towhee
Canyon Towhee
Brewer's Sparrow on a perch.
Brewer's Sparrow on a perch.
Gambel's Quail.
Gambel's Quail.
The ubiquitous, non-native species House Wren is even in the desert.
The ubiquitous, non-native species House Wren is even in the desert.
Rufous-winged Sparrow, seems plain until it flys, then it has rufous colored coverts.
Rufous-winged Sparrow, seems plain until it flys, then it has rufous colored coverts.

These next two images are from Gene Reid Park Park in Tucson.  It's a lot easier to get close to Canvasback and Redhead ducks when they aren't being hunted.

Canvasback aren't as shy in this wintering location.
Canvasback aren't as shy in this wintering location.
Redheads are shy but very beautiful birds. One of my favorite ducks.
Redheads are shy but very beautiful birds. One of my favorite ducks.

The next three images are captive birds of prey from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Ferruginous Hawks are one of the largest hawks of North America.
Ferruginous Hawks are one of the largest hawks of North America.
Prairie Falcon on the verge of taking flight.
Prairie Falcon on the verge of taking flight.
A Great Horned Owl taking off from a perch at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
A Great Horned Owl taking off from a perch at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.