The styles of the martial art of Kung Fu were inspired by movements of several animals, among them, the mantis. Many versions of each style are practiced today. Here is one of the original masters of this ancient art - Ground Mantid (litaneutria minor) demonstrating the "Sonoran Desert" version on a red barrel cactus. ;)
Phainopepla (Phainopepla nitens) is a gorgeous desert bird often seen alone or in a pair at the top of a tree jealously guarded because of an ample food supply in the form of mistletoe berries. It eats other berries as well and occasionally will catch an insect like the flycatcher that it is. The males are glossy black with red eyes and the females are gray. They both have a ragged crest and white wing patches obvious in flight. Here is a rare sight of a flock hanging out at the top of a mesquite tree. Juicy red hackberries were nearby but I didn’t notice any mistletoe yet.
Hawks and Falcons of the Arizona Sonoran Desert, Part 1, features our wondrous Red-Tailed Hawks who are here all year around. Part 2 features rare and less common hawks typical to the area, falcons, and our seasonal migrating visitors. These videos contain great background music, educational narration, and a variety of wild birds of prey in their natural settings in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.
Hawks and Falcons of the Arizona Sonoran Desert, Part 2 features rare and less common hawks typical to the area, falcons, and our seasonal migrating visitors, specifically: White-tailed Kite, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Harris's Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, Merlin, Sharp-Shinned Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, and Osprey. A few Red-Tailed Hawks are seen in the intro. Great background music, educational narration, and a variety of natural settings accompany these wild birds of prey in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.
A riparian preserve south of Phoenix, Arizona is a real desert oasis for a variety of waterfowl. Starring here is the Cormorant, the GreatEgret, the Great Blue Heron, and the Killdeer. A cormorant dives and catches a fish. The Great Blue Heron gives a shout out - to whom I don't know!Cormorant - phalacrocoracidaeGreat Egret - ardea albaGreat Blue Heron - ardea herodiasKilldeer - charadrius vociferus
or who knows what you'll find under Whoopie's pool II. A wild gorgeous very unique pale pituophis melanoleucus (gopher snake) in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona - very friendly - visits for a long time before slowly moving on. Great close ups & music!
It's sundown in the Sonoran Desert, and several Anna's Hummingbirds have gathered for a showdown. From their bases in a creosote patch they launch aerial assaults including nose dive bombing -- in order to gain dominance over each other, feeders, and to impress potential mates. To find out more about how a hummingbird in love can move faster than a fighter jet, see the article I posted on Earthcove in Scoop.It or via Twitter @JudyWaywardmuse!
It was time to empty out Whoopie's big pool again (Whoopie's a duck) and as usual we found a nice surprise underneath! I always have my camcorder ready just in case. This really should be an episode of "unusual animal friends."
The gila monster from my very first gila monster video in 2007 reappears in my duck pen, eats my duck's egg, and then leaves. The whole ordeal lasted well over an hour, but I capture the highlights which include many close encounters between the duck and the gila monster.
I found one of our resident gopher snakes coiled around my duck's eggs again. This is an unedited clip of the compromise we made! Oh, btw -- these are not fertilized eggs but they're perfectly edible. We usually feed them to our dogs.
The Arizona Sonoran Desert attracts a wide variety of wild birds in springtime. Here are just some of them close up in slides and video: Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, and a Gila Woodpecker cameo. Enjoy them to the relaxing sounds of acoustic guitar and mandolin.
The White-Lined Sphinx Moths (Hyles lineata) otherwise known as "Hummingbird Moths" are back in my Hackberry Tree with what sounds like hundreds of birds getting ready to breed. They are so colorful and interesting to watch. It's definitely springtime in Arizona!
Bodhi, an Akita-Chow mix, tries his paws at "cow wrangling" with some free-ranging cattle in the Vekol Wash, Sonoran Desert of Arizona. A highlight of the video is a "too cute" newborn calf -- so sweet! These cows are American Lineback -- a rare breed of dairy cattle.