On the way home from Grand Canyon West this afternoon (Jan 6, 2011) we had an interesting encounter. We were about 3 miles down Diamond Bar Road when a Black-tailed Jackrabbit flew out into the road running like a streak of lightening across in front of us. As I started to draw everyones attention to the rabbit, a coyote came flying out on the road about 10 feet behind the rabbit. As fast as they appeared, they disappeared into the scrub. Most of my guests saw it. What a neat look into the behavior of prey and predator. I hope my guests realize just how rare a sighting that was. The experience inspired me to draw this picture as there wasn't time to take a photo.
While driving into Zion NP yesterday (1-5-2011) we came upon these 3 buck mule deer and I was able to walk up to within about 20 feet of them. Deer are known to attack if they feel threatened but I moved slowly and quietly enough that they weren't bothered by me. When I would finally move to close they would stand up and take a step or two away from me and I would immediately back off. They would sit back down within seconds of backing off.
On a recent hike into the desert close to my house I came upon some interesting holes on the desert floor. I photographed three of the holes that were in close proximity to one another. Check out the three photo's below and see if you can figure out who made them.
Answer: These holes were dug by Coyotes and Foxes looking for rodents and lizards in holes in the ground. With their great smelling sense they can locate the object under the ground and then dig for it with their front paws.