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Arizona Wildlife

There are a lot of different kinds of critters that live in Northern Arizona. Some are quite common while others are rare and thus one often has to venture from the beaten path to find them. Here are a few I've had the pleasure to stumble upon. I should mention that most of my wildlife videos I get from remote camping trips. Although you can get some good video from just out driving around and such, it usually takes more effort than that. You know what I mean, grab all your camping gear and equipment, head out to some remote location and situate your camp discreetly out of view. Then, either setup you photo equipment and wait or configure for quietly stalking out over 'hill and dale' so to speak. Patience is the key with oh so many things and good wildlife footage certainly exemplifies that.


Let me also mention that I am fortunate enough to have a lot of wonderful folk musician friends. They very graciously let me use recordings I have made of them as background music. All of them are way better than they sound here. That's because here they were recorded with my little home DV camera and in some cases the recordings were made at events they were playing at where a lot of back ground noise and even stage sound problems might have been present. At any rate, check out their web sites and try to find a way to help support them, they really are great people!


Hope you enjoy these videos.

The Quail Sisters

The Guail Sisters song video image.


Quail are just 'way fun' critters to watch. Sue Harris provides the back ground music for this one. Here's a link to Sue Harris albums just in case you like the song. There are a number of wonderful songs on that album, by the way.

Tiny Turkeys

Tiny Turkeys video image


We had just walk out across this big open meadow and sit down to rest a moment in the shade of a blue spruce tree. It was on the edge of a smaller meadow near a little cow pond. Then out of the trees comes this hen with her poults. It was awesome watching them chase the grasshoppers around. It's actually Williams Valley over in the White Mountains.

The song is "Questions of a Child" by Larry Peterson of Flagstaff. He just put out a new album too!


Bears at Work

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I can assure you it's pretty rare to happen upon something like this. Bears are not uncommon in Arizona but they are very shy and thus you usually have to get pretty lucky to find them. Most experienced campers know that it is wise to properly stow the food when camped in bear country, which happens to be a lot of Northern Arizona.

They are sure fun to watch though. Bear cubs have got to be the cutest critter in nature.

The elk invasion

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We were out for a leisurely hike when we noticed a couple of cow elk feeding below. And, like the proverbial tip of the ice burg, where there is some there is probably more. Sure enough the longer we waited the more elk began to avail themselves. This herd had a bunch of cows and a few spikes but there were a lot of little ones that frolicking gaily about as well. They seem to be descending right toward me as if I was a water hole or something. If you listen close you can hear them calling.

Then this little knobby spike obliviously started gracing right toward me. He must have been real hungry because he rarely even picked his head up. Then finally he noticed me. Of course, the surprised look of realization on his face brought me to laughter and that sent them all thundering off.

Robins World

Robins World video image


It's pretty rare to get this kind of video right from your front porch but that is what happened here. Of course, my front door at that time was in Nutrioso Arizona. That is very close to the New Mexico border on the far eastern edge of Arizona. There are no interstates so it's a little tough to get to but more than worth the journey with some spectacular camping and fishing available. Much of my wildlife video was take near Nutrioso.

A Wildlife Tour

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This is my very first Youtube video! It is really just a collection of some of the wildlife video I had taken over the years. The music is an old traditional fiddle standard called Saint Anne's Reel played by the Back Porch Bandits. They are from the Phoenix Area. They have been known to play at parties, weddings or many other events.

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