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2019—Water Draws

One of the distinguising features at the blinds at the Santa Clara Ranch in South Texas is that each blind has a watering hole. The area is so dry and parched that water is a prime draw for all of the wildlife in the area. Mammals like Eastern Cottontails, Thirteen-lined Squirrels, Coyotes, and Javelinas come to bathe and drink and of course, local birds are drawn to the water feature as well. This male Golden-fronted Woodpecker, a bird that lives in Texas and south of the border, spent quite a bit of time slaking his thirst at the water hole. Every other time I saw this bird, he was in a tree, usually hammering on a tree trunk, so watching him drink was quite interesting. A storm was coming in so the wind was ruffling his feathers.

Nikon D500, 500mm PF Lens.

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