This is a collection of images of Arizona wildlife from our recent trip. I had been to Tucson before on a cycling training camp but this was my first chance to do touristy stuff, and a little bit of birdy stuff as well.
Most of these pictures were taken at the Sonora Desert Museum. The name is misleading – it’s more a zoo/botanical garden/desert experience/learning centre than it is a museum – but in any case it should be on every nature-lovers’ bucket list. One of its best features is the twice daily raptor flight, with the birds swooping inches overhead to seize bits of meat hidden by the trainers. (Full disclosure: the raptor and mammal images below are of captive creatures; the remaining photos are of wild birds).
I also spent a day with a great local bird guide, Melody Kehl, bagging 44 birds for my life list in Green Valley, White Horse Canyon and the justly famous Madera Canyon.
These images were captured using a Nikon D5300, Nikon 70-200 f2.8 zoom lens and Nikon 2.0x teleconverter. I will be adding others as I figure out how to operate my new image editing software.
All images copyright Anthony Kaduck