On November 29th, 2010 I was in Valley of Fire and photographed the following wildlife:
Curious Facts from Desert USA
Hawks are carnivores (meat eaters) who belong to the category of birds known as raptors.
The Red-tailed Hawk is the most common member of the buzzard hawk family.
The eyesight of a hawk is 8 times as powerful as a human's.
Like all hawks, the Red-tailed Hawk's talons are its main weapons.
The Red-tailed Hawk has a hoarse and rasping 2 to 3 second scream that is most commonly heard while soaring.
85 to 90 % of the Red-tailed Hawk's diet is composed of small rodents.
The White-tailed Antelope Squirrel
These photographs were taken at the White Domes picnic area in Valley of Fire State Park.
Some fun facts about the White-tailed Antelope Ground Squirrel
The White-tailed Antelope Ground Squirrel of the Southwest is one of the smallest ground squirrels on the planet.
These squirrels practice what is known as "heat dumping". When their body temperature reaches its upper limits they will get into a cool shady spot and lay down spread-eagle with their belly pressed against the cool ground. This releases the heat from its body to help cool the animal down.