Bosque del Apache – More Than Just Cranes

 

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near San Antonio, New Mexico is known worldwide as the wintering grounds for the Sandhill Crane and Snow Geese. Most birders and bird photographers have made at least one visit to Bosque to experience the 10,000 plus cranes and 40,000 snow geese.

But Bosque is more than just cranes and snow geese. It is also home to a vast variety of birds and wildlife. In a recent trip, I was fortunate to see and photograph other species:

American Coot

Coot A Coming

Coot A Coming

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

Wigeon

American Wigeon

American Wigeon

Gambel Quail

Gambel Quail

Gambel Quail

Northern Pintail

Pintail In A Panic

Pintail In A Panic

Norther Shovelers

 

Snow Geese

Thousands of Snow Geese fly in from surrounding fields to roost for the night on the shallow ponds at Bosque. The water will keep them safe from predators.

See the video of Snow Geese roosting for the night:

 

And, finally, of course, the Sandhill Cranes

See video of cranes foraging in the golden sunrise:

 

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However, the one image that I am most proud, is one that was the most difficult to capture and I tried oh so many times:

Feathery Reflection

Feathery Reflection

 

What do you think?

 

Story on a previous visit to Bosque del Apache:

Bosque del Apache

 

And a thank you to Russ Burden for being the guide for this trip. www.russburdenphotography.com

Hope that you enjoy,

Rich

~ by richardseeley on January 31, 2015.

11 Responses to “Bosque del Apache – More Than Just Cranes”

  1. Dick,

    Your photos are always fantastic. Allons y! Tom Maytham

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  2. great addition to your blog!

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  3. Rich these images are just awesome!

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  4. Rich,The photos are just beautiful and a pleasure to see!Doris

    Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:14:33 +0000 To: dsgilb@msn.com

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  5. Great images Rich! Like the Feathery Reflection image best- not the typical Crane shot- should have got 1st place at mile High.

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  6. Thanx folks, really appreciate the comments and feedback.

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  7. Rich, You work harder at photographing birds than anyone and it always shows. Fantastic job!

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  8. Thanx, Rod, I love to photography birds, such a challenge and they can be beautiful under the right conditions.

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  9. Comme toujours Rich. tes photos sont magnifiques. RĂ©flexion plumeux !!! Travail fantastique

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  10. Richard – I just saw Featherly Reflection in the June issue of BirdWatching. Congratulations, beautiful image. I really enjoyed the workshop.

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