One of the first things I did upon arrival in Tucson was use Google to search for good birding locations. One that proved to be excellent is called Sweetwater Wetlands Park, where several large ponds serve as the final stage of re-claiming water for use in irrigation systems. Such places have been created all over south Florida and always attract many birds. Sweetwater also turned out to be really good, although the ponds were mostly filled with reeds, such as cattails. This obviously provides a great environment for the birds and water fowl, but makes it more difficult to spot them. I could often hear them in the reeds, but not be able to see them. In the end, I decided it was better to protect the birds, so I accepted the challenge presented by the plant life and managed to get some good sightings and photos.
|Gambel Quail (male and female)|
|Ruddy Duck (male)|
|Ruddy Duck (female)|