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Montezuma Pass to Mexico, AZ
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Montezuma Pass to Mexico, AZ 
Montezuma Pass to Mexico, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2015
chumley
Hiking4.02 Miles 1,033 AEG
Hiking4.02 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   2.87 mph
1,033 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Decided to add to my mileage on the day and visit another country. Easy trip down the hill. Didn't see anybody else, resident or alien, until JJ showed up just after I had begun to head back to the truck.

I spooked a deer who got stymied by the fence and then decided to charge straight at me down the trail. It took a second before I realized it was a deer and not something else, and I yelled "hey!" quite loudly! :o We were both startled, and it decided that charging me wasn't the best plan and hopped off into the long grass. A neat close-up experience. :)

On the way back up, JJ decided to hit the south side of Montezuma Peak, while I took Joe's around the east. Boy am I glad I did that! I saw an enormous bird in a dead tree, and despite being aware of my presence it seemed content to stay there. As I got to within 15 feet of it, it decided to fly off, but I was filming! I assumed it was some kind of eagle but I don't know my birds so I asked Outdoor Lover, and she opined that it is probably a juvenile bald eagle! I had no idea they didn't get their white markings until they get older!

I'd hesitate calling this guy juvenile anything! (I'd like to see that egg!) It stood over 2 feet tall when perched in the tree and had a wingspan greater than mine! Easily 5-6 feet! Just an awesome experience to see at such a close range! :y:

Video here: https://youtu.be/bM ... 4Lhg
Make sure to change settings to HD 1080p if it's not there to begin with and view full screen for the best effect.
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