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ziphius
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7/30/2019
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Short trip to participate in a wildlife tracking survey near Ocotillo Wells. Picnic lunch at Christmas Circle in 112F was worthwhile because of 'The Roadrunner'.

It proceeded to stalk and kill a mourning dove.

Repeatedly slammed the dove to the ground.




The roadrunner didn't eat the dove, just walked off 30 feet and rested, while the great-tailed grackles looked on in shock. We returned a few hours later and the dove carcass was still there.

The next day, we did the wildlife track and sign survey.




Saw the tracks of Colorado Fringe-Toed Lizard, Desert Kangaroo Rat, Coyote, Shovelnose Snake, Desert Iguana, and lot of other stuff.

Fringe-Toed Lizard:


Tracks of Desert Iguana:



Shovel-nosed snake:



Kangaroo Rat tail drag marks:

and coyote tracks


edited by ziphius on 7/30/2019
edited by ziphius on 7/30/2019

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7/30/2019
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Didn't know that the RR was such killers. Good series.

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7/31/2019
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Perfect timing on the pictures.

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7/31/2019
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Awesome.
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8/3/2019
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Great stuff ziphius....!

At Agua Caliente I saw a raven/crow swoop down and pickup a baby roadrunner in front of it's mom...poor thing, the mom just kinda poked around around looking for it's baby. Ranger said the day before a roadrunner nabbed a squirrel...I guess there is always a bigger fish.

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ziphius
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8/3/2019
ziphius
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Daren, very cool observation! Thanks for sharing the details on that and the ranger story.

dsefcik wrote:
Great stuff ziphius....!

At Agua Caliente I saw a raven/crow swoop down and pickup a baby roadrunner in front of it's mom...poor thing, the mom just kinda poked around around looking for it's baby. Ranger said the day before a roadrunner nabbed a squirrel...I guess there is always a bigger fish.


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8/5/2019
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Nice pics Ziphius. Your pics would fit right in on reddit.com/r/natureismetal
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