These past few weeks; from mid February into March; I hung the trail camera in the alley behind our house (Paradise Valley, Arizona). Even though we live pretty much in the middle of the Phoenix metro area, plenty of wildlife calls this place home, including coyotes. At the start of the video, you'll see several coyotes who visit our house. Luckily, no harm has come to our dog or cats yet!
Another month, another video from the city wildlife around our house. This time lots of quail, ground squirrels and bunnies.
When sitting in a wildlife blind, it's not always possible to take pictures. The elk in the below video came so close to my blind that any noise; especially the shutter noise from the camera; would scare them away. So, I hit the record button and made a video.
I find it quite interesting to see how the elk constantly scan their environment. While standing in the forest or drinking from a water hole, their ears are always moving around. Must not be easy for a predator to sneak up on these amazing creatures.
That being said, it was easy to sit in a blind and make this video. Goes to show that hunting isn't that difficult considering we use bullets and don't have to physically take the animal down. If I had used a gun rather than a camera, these elk could be in my freezer right now as opposed to the forest where they belong. Humans hunting takes away most of the natural defences that animals have evolved to protect themselves in nature ... Shouldn't we give the animals a fair fight?
Hunters have their reasons, which I don't get. Although, for hunting to be disallowed, you must really disallow all hunting. You cannot stop hunting deer while still killing bears, wolves, mountain lions, coyotes ... Nature is great at creating a natural balance as long as all the pieces are in play.
Enough ranting, enjoy the video!
Whereas Arizona's deserts are known for its population of Desert Bighorn sheep, its higher altitudes have herds of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.
On a recent trip to eastern Arizona, I was lucky to spot bighorn sheep as they were grazing on steep rocky slopes.
For something different: I recently setup a camera in my backyard (Paradise Valley, AZ). We regularly put some food out for the birds in winter but other critters seem to like it too. I was curious what was eating the bread and fruit leftovers so quickly ...
After about a week, the motion camera had recorded many 20s videos. I added some of them together in the following video.
Nothing greatly exiting (as in no coyote or bobcat) but cool to see what walks around in the middle of the city.
One of the wild horses crosses the Salt river. It's tough to find the horses this time of year as they spend a lot of time in the desert. In the summer heat, they spend most of their time in or near the river.
The little one looks nice and warm. Wild burros at Lake Pleasant, AZ.