Desert Nocturne


Sonoran desert animals are awake and busy in the dark of night. Except for an occasional coyote kill or an owl’s hoot, the cottontail rabbits, javelina, and bobcats move about ever so quietly. The animals that come for a drink take turns at the water dish. Javelina travel in packs. They will get pushy and jockey for the last drop. When that happens, the adults root into the irrigation hoses in search of more water. Life in the desert must have that precious liquid.

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As daylight fades, I take the field camera outside and wind the strap around a tree. An Ultra Plus 16 GB disc is in place. I flip the On button and cross my fingers. Some nights are really slow – typical of any watering hole.

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5 thoughts on “Desert Nocturne

  1. susanenholm32 September 2, 2019 / 8:20 pm

    Thank you, Michael. Pleased to know you liked the photos taken with the night vision camera. Ditto for liking the images of the beetle. Late this afternoon a javelina family came to drink and eat a few veggie scraps. (I’m not supposed to feed wildlife, but why not share?) Before going back up the wash, some ate flowers from the barrel cactus. Tough guys, every one!


  2. Michael September 1, 2019 / 7:44 am

    Amazing images of the night life at the watering hole! Such a variety and it always amazes me how observant animals are–how they can find this dish you’ve offered them. Such a medley of creatures!



  3. susanenholm32 June 18, 2019 / 3:11 pm

    For sure neighbors are tucked into a bed at night. Then there are the homeless people who might only have a sleeping bag. I keep the water dish filled.


  4. smilecalm June 16, 2019 / 10:54 pm

    desert wild
    fortunate no
    one is out
    in their sleeping
    bag, there 🙂


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