City wildlife – against the odds

I live in a fairly large city in the middle of a desert.  A person might think there wouldn’t be many animals around, right?


Think again…

I hear owls, coyotes, coy-wolves, mockingbirds, grackles.  I see hummingbirds, hawks, pigeons, falcons, doves, quail, lizards of several kinds, butterflies, rabbits, and many other things.

Here are pictures of some of them.  Apologies if the quality is poor but many of these are done at extreme zoom using a Nikon Coolpix 8300.  A fun camera but without many of the fancy features other cameras have!

Quail in my parking lot


Hawk on the power pole
Dove in the olive tree
Male grackle, grackling up a storm
Dried cicada at the end of the season
Big lizard on the acacia

8 thoughts on “City wildlife – against the odds

  1. Certainly quite a few animals in your backyard. Wonderful work with the zoom and the animals don’t look like they saw you taking their photo 😀 The birds seem to be lost in their thought, gazing around. Maybe they are all hungry and are wondering where food is 😀

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