Thirsty Coyote

A handsome coyote came to the water dish for a drink. Where I live in Tucson, coyotes roam in packs or wander solo. Their food preferences are rodents, reptiles, insects, plants, and sometimes a family pet. They are more active after sunset and into the night. During a nighttime chase and capture their yelps could almost awaken the dead. Here’s what my field camera saw on the afternoon of April 24th.

Water – Precious to All

Tucson’s post-summer temperatures have been high – think climate change. Javelinas, bobcats, owls, rabbits, coyotes, Gambrel quails, doves all need water. The animals have a water dish available all day and all night. In exchange, I have the option to record their visits.

For images, I use a Browning trail camera (Model BTC-5HD). I wind the strap around a nearby tree, and flip the battery button. The camera eye responds to motion and records every flick of a feather. The six AA batteries store enough energy for several months.

I’m posting images taken at the end of April and early May. Javelina are thirsty creatures and will drink the saucer dry. When that happens, the other animals must wait until morning for a refill. My daytime wish for a hawk to drop in has not happened. However, my powers of wishful thinking will eventually bring a big bird to the dish. In the meanwhile, consider the challenges desert creatures endure every single day. Water is precious to all.