This was located between Big Bend and El Paso on Hwy 90 before hitting Interstate 10. An Army radar outpost according to the sign. Made me nervous to photograph it. I kept imagining I would be chased down, "Hand over the camera buddy."
I'm at the Salton Sea, in CA. 1/26/14 There is no elevation here! With my GPS, I measure minus 260 feet below sea level. Over the millennia, the Colorado River has flooded into this area. The last time back in the very early 1900's. It's salinity is so high that only one breed of fish still survive, the Tilapia. It is more salty then the Pacific Ocean but less salty then Salt Lake, Utah. The very bottom of the lake bed is still higher then the lowest point in Death Valley.
Lovely place to tour in the Winter time but brutal otherwise, temperature wise. This is where they send California State Park Rangers when they have been bad.
"Cactus Wren" This bird has a very distinctive call. You would know if you heard it, what kind of bird was close by.
Notice the difference in his neck feathers? He is silent here but calling (Tweeting) in the previous photo.
Should I duck or quack or get out of the way? Incoming, Incoming. Attacked by the low flying Brown Pelicans. Relax, they were really far away and veered to my left before getting closer as you can see in the following pic..
And then Fred said...
Birds of a feather don't always flock together.
That's a tail fin sticking out of it's mouth. I have never seen a Sea Gull dive for a catch. This one did. Several times. You can see how enlarged it's gullet is where the fish De Jour now resides.
Interesting, a CAP (Civil Air Patrol) flying by. They are usually called in to hunt for a downed plane. Maybe this one was just practicing, hunting that is.
A Heron standing on the top of a Crocodile head.
Magpies in abundance in the area East of King City and before the "Pinnacles."
There are two types, this is the "Yellow Billed Magpie." The Black Billed Magpie is more common.
A "Red Shouldered Hawk."
No need for an electric blanket here. Setting up Hawk house keeping between two transformers may seem like a normal thing to do for two hawks but what happens when it rains? It appears the electric utility needs to provide some nesting boxes for it's fine feathered friends. Too bad the birds are illiterate else they might respect the "High Voltage" signs.
In the many times I have observed hawks, they appear to raise and lower their feet to control their speed either slowing down or for maintaining a slower speed as they fly. These two were courting or playing, not sure which but they were definitely connected.