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Whitewater Draw

The Audubon Society designates this as an Important Birding Area. It is about fifty miles south of Wilcox, AZ near the town of Elfrida. It is particularly spectacular because it is the winter home of over 20,000 Sand Hill Cranes. Each day about 11:00 AM, the cranes return in swarms from their morning feeding in nearby fields. It is a sight to behold as the sky becomes covered with birds at every level and the noise rises to the level of a cacophony. It is something everyone should see once in their lifetime. There are also many other birds to be seen here especially waterfowl and shorebirds.
Whitewater Draw State Wildlife Refuge, Sulphur Springs Valley near Elfrida, AZ
Whitewater Draw State Wildlife Refuge, Sulphur Springs Valley near Elfrida, AZ
Sandhill Cranes in early morning light
Sandhill Cranes in early morning light
Mass landing of Northern Shovelers, Blue-winged Teal, Mexican Mallards, Green-winged Teal, and Northern Pintails
Mass landing of Northern Shovelers, Blue-winged Teal, Mexican Mallards, Green-winged Teal, and Northern Pintails
Five Northern Pintail males trying to impress one female
Five Northern Pintail males trying to impress one female
Cinnamon Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Cranes coming in for a landing
Sandhill Cranes coming in for a landing
Sandhill Cranes heading out early
Sandhill Cranes heading out early
American Bittern
American Bittern
Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane
Cinnamon Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Cranes
Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl
Great Egret
Great Egret
Lesser yellowlegs
Lesser yellowlegs
Flocking Yellow-headed and Red-wnged Black Birds
Flocking Yellow-headed and Red-wnged Black Birds
Pintails
Pintails
Lesser yellowlegs
Lesser yellowlegs
Wading Sandhill Crane
Wading Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane pair
Sandhill Crane pair
Northern Shoveler
Northern Shoveler
Sandhill Cranes returning from feeding grounds
Sandhill Cranes returning from feeding grounds
American Bittern
American Bittern
Sandhill Cranes against the mountains
Sandhill Cranes against the mountains
Green-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail, Whitewater Draw near Elfrida, AZ
Northern Pintail, Whitewater Draw near Elfrida, AZ
Green-winged Teal preening
Green-winged Teal preening
Green-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Green-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Sandhill Cranes returning to rest
Sandhill Cranes returning to rest
Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Cranes
Great Horned Owls in hay shed
Great Horned Owls in hay shed
Green-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Shoveler
Pyrrhuloxia
Pyrrhuloxia
Cinnamon Teal (female)
Cinnamon Teal (female)