When I was here in late October, I was able to take a lot of photos of bighorn sheep. I am here for a week, and no sheep, but lots of desert cottontails and Gambel's quail. In the past, I have had trouble photographing the quail specifically, but now I come prepared.
It has been cool or even cold, but sunny every day, and I have been relaxing because the new semester has just started with no papers to grade until tomorrow. Willow Beach is part of the Lake Mead Recreation Area and is located 13 miles downriver, along what is known as the Black Canyon of the Colorado. It is accessible by road only here and at one place about a half-mile down from the dam. Otherwise, you have to hike in, but you can get someone to drop you off at the launch area near the dam and kayak here. You can also rent a boat at the Willow Beach Marina and motor up to the launch area near the dam.
I love this campground because it has cement pads with asphalt drives, making it clean and no dust, as you get in many campgrounds in the desert. Anyway, here are some photos of this lovely campground. Note that it is mostly empty because the weekenders have left:
Yup, here they are. I gave them only small pieces of carrots and apples, but it did not take long to get over a dozen bunnies hopping around. They are smaller than the bunnies we get in yards in more northern areas.
The other animals that are common in this campground are the Gambel's quail. They can fly, but mostly, they run around on the ground in groups of from 10-30 or so. And the funniest thing is how they constantly cheep to one another and run around always making sure they are with the group. They look like their legs are on wheels. The males have slightly taller topknots, but they all are very fast and hard to photograph.
Mostly, they live on seeds that fall from desert plants.
Will get more campers in the next couple of days. I am only here for two more days, so am enjoying the scenery.