Death Valley, California: reported the highest temperature ever observed in North America: 134 degrees F; air temps are persistently hot throughout the summer, with the average maximum for July at 116 degrees F
While I think the birds are a key focus of the show, their struggles are too. This picture is how I think the desert would appear to be. The constant shifting would make this very difficult to traverse in anyway but by flight. I feel like this a good representation of the struggle that the birds endure for their journey to find their king.