Red Rock Canyon is full of wildlife although I saw very little on this winter day. Literature mentions Desert Tortoises (I’m sure they were hibernating for the winter), Big Horn Sheep (saw one as a speck in the distance) and wild Horses and Wild Burros.
As I was leaving Red Rock Canyon, down by the small community of Blue Diamond, I ran across some Wild Burros along the hillside.
“Burro” is the Spanish name for Donkey. Burros were used heavily in this area for mining in the olden days.
“Wild” seemed to be a misnomer. This one seemed to be very tame and friendly – probably fed too often by visitors (against the law and punishable by a fine). A barbed wire fence separated the Burros on the hill from the highway.
I wanted some photos up close of the critter but having fence wire in the picture seemed to bring into question the idea it was “Wild”. I had to walk away for the Burro to lose interest and walk his way too.
This Burro liked having his ears scratched. Each time I quit, he showed his displeasure and let out a loud “bray” which showed his teeth. Those dirty chompers look like they could really do some damage if your fingers got too close.
Take a look at the other photos in the gallery. I liked how his nostrils flared just before he let loose his tirade.
For a short time my attention turned to this beautiful falcon (just guessing since I flunked Audubon school) and I tried to capture a decent image of it. To get closer images, most bird photographers have those $7,000+ long bazooka sized lenses that is beyond the scope of my daily needs. I have to settle for hoping the predator flies closer.
When I looked back to locate my wild friend who liked his ears scratched, I was surprised to see it walk through a break in the fence to cross the highway towards Blue Diamond. This looked like a tragedy about to take place.
Apparently automobile -burro collisions are a fairly common tragedy in this area.
Motorcyclists at risk hitting the burro here.
He seemed to know how to wait for traffic and look both ways before crossing.
As I drove through Blue Diamond, I ran across this humorous sign. SIGN. Since I was driving and didn’t take my own photo, I linked to someone else’s picture.
More Burro & Falcon photos in this gallery: Red Rock Canyon
Next up – Valley of Fire