Vegas... my way :) Part I - Wildlife

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Vegas... my way :) Part I - Wildlife
May 16, 2011

I was out in Nevada last week, visiting my son, Chris, who is now working with some different parks organizations through The Student Conservation Association. I've never been much for gambling , so we spent 3 days out and about in the desert and mountains... looking for critters.

One of Chris' favorite spots where he has worked, is The Bridge Canyon Wilderness Area... about 1.5 hours south of Vegas, near Laughlin. It's all non-paved roadways back into the canyon area... and the best wildlife viewing I have encountered in Nevada.

Here 's some of my favorite shots of the wildlife we encountered...

Chuckwalla - we followed this one for quite a while as it seemed to move from one location to another... just to stop and pose
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Leopard Lizard... beautiful animal
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Zebra Lizard

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
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I think that this one is a Diamondback, also, but it looks similar to other species at this age... it was only about 7 inches long. We spent well over 1.5 hours crawling around on the ground shooting these guys... they were sooooo cool!!

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My biggest, and most pleasant surprise of the day, however, was a small patch of about 30 bright red, trumpet-shaped penstemons.....

I excitedly yelled to Chris to stop the car... anticipating what else we might find nearby. As soon as we stepped out of the vehicle, the familiar sound of a winged chase was in the air. I didn't get an official count, but I saw, at least, 5 hummingbirds at one time, either perched, chasing or feeding...

Not exactly sure of the species... I know that Anna's, Black-chinned and Costa's are all in the area.

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