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I set up a cctv cam in a bird box I adapted to record video in a field in front of the house. It is mounted about 14 feet above ground and was intended for either a small screech owl or a kestrel which I had seen roosting under a porch in a an out building. […]

bobcatclose

  Checked the critter cams today and got a very nice surprise. A full grown bobcat tripped the sensor, and I was lucky to get a nice clear photo of him with my digital still camera.Since moving to the wilds of Santa Cruz County in southern Arizona I’ve been able to capture one or two […]

pumpkinjavelina

The other night we decided to put our jack-o’-lantern out in the front 40 and I’ll be darned if it wasn’t gone in the morning! Being a city slicker, I had no idea what kind of varmint absconded with my artistically carved autumn squash, (a beauty if I do say so myself!) be it two […]

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  Those of you who have followed my blog, probably recognize the fountain where so many wild animals have stopped by for a drink.Well, after a few seasons without them, they are back, bigger and bolder than ever! I am talking cow, and a really big one at that.You see out here in Arizona we […]

skunk3

As some of you might know, I have a camera set-up that records animal visitors to my front yard fountain. Living back east in New York for most of my life, I have only come across one species of skunk, the striped skunk, the only skunk that resides there. Here in Arizona there are four distinct […]

pumpkinjavelina

Who pilfered my pumpkin redux.   The other night we decided to put our jack-o’-lantern out in the front 40 and I’ll be darned if it wasn’t gone in the morning! Being a city slicker, I had no idea what kind of varmint absconded with my artistically carved autumn squash, (a beauty if I do […]

humchicks

Whilst surfing the web last year I came across a piece of free firmware that came in mighty handy this spring called CHDK for my daughter’s Canon SX20IS camera.. I spotted a Broadbill hummingbird nest in a privet hedge. It had two tiny eggs in it and I thought it would be great to document […]

earthday

One billion people will celebrate Earth Day today, that is a staggering amount of humanity! A lot of those celebrants, including me, got their awareness of just how fragile this planet is from reading Rachel Carlson’s Silent Spring, a brilliant argument against the dangers of pesticides,thoughtfully researched and brilliantly presented. Some say it inspired the […]

trailcam

Have you ever wondered what that sound outside your window late in the evening was? A hoot, a howl, or a perhaps a scratching noise outside? When I lived in New York City, I didn’t want to know, but here in the wilds of the Sonora Desert, where I live now, I got curious. So, […]

raccoons

When I was a young photographer I was assigned to do a photo story on an unforgettable woman named Era Zistel. At the time, she was somewhat elderly, but still an exceptionally fiesty animal books author who lived in the Catskill Mountains in New York’s Sullivan County. Well, the animals had no better advocate than […]