Harris Hawk Dominance

Harris Hawks competing for a perch as dominance contest

Harris Hawks hunt in family groups. Generally the lead female is the alpha, but the new lead male is trying to establish his place, and is pushing her off the top perch on a Saguaro cactus. Shot at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum’s twice-daily Raptor Free Flight.

Too Bleedin’ Hot

Even though there was a little monsoon rain on the way to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and the temperature was down a few degrees, it was still in the mid-90s at least.  Clearly too hot to do anything but lay around inside and watch reruns with a cold drink in your hand, er, paw.  At least that’s what I like to imagine this Puma concolor is up to.