The Dragon Wagon

The Dragon Wagon
The landscaping changes often.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Carolina Tiger Rescue

We discovered that only a few miles from where we were staying in North Carolina, there is a facility called Carolina Tiger Rescue.  This non-profit takes in and cares for large cats that were sick, injured, abandoned or seized by authorities.  Most of these animals had been private "pets" or from failed "roadside attractions".  While it was sad to see these magnificent animals here, they were experiencing a much better existence than where they had been.

With a restriction that kept us a minimum of three feet beyond the chain link fencing, getting photos without the fence in the foreground was difficult.


African Lions

Mountain Lions

Leopard getting a chicken snack


Bengal Tigers

North Carolina Spring

Spring is finally starting to arrive in this part of the East.  Trees are now blooming and starting to leaf out.

Red Bud Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry

And lots of Dogwood trees around

The butterflies are out.

This pair of very human-tolerant doves have been hanging out in our campsite.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Choke Canyon State Park

In mid February we spent a couple of days at Choke Canyon State Park in south-western Texas.  This is a major birdwatching area.

Harris's Hawk

Crested Caracara

White-tailed Deer

Collared Peccary (aka Javelina)

Interesting growths on the trees

Great Egret

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Green Jay

Male and female Northern Cardinals

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sonoran Desert Museum - 2017

We recently spent a day revisiting the Sonoran Desert Museum near Tucson, Arizona.  One of the activities we really like are the raptor flight programs.

The following birds were part of the morning show:


Great Horned Owl

Ferruginous Hawk

After the morning raptor show, we viewed other animals.

Bighorn Sheep


Cactus blossoms

Prairie Dog

Burrowing Owl

Mexican Gray Wolf

Chuckwalla lizards

Venomous snakes

Anna's Hummingbirds

A dove with colorful eyes

Cactus Wren

The following birds were part of the afternoon raptor show:

Grey Hawk

Barn Owl

Harris's Hawk