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.


Ocelots






African Lions




Mountain Lions




Leopard getting a chicken snack





Caracal



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:

Raven



Great Horned Owl







Ferruginous Hawk






After the morning raptor show, we viewed other animals.

Bighorn Sheep




Coati



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