Back From Bosque


Fun was had by all on my recent Bosque del Apache photography workshop!  I arrived several days before participants and spent most of my time scouting locations and keeping tabs on bird movement. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is always a great place to visit in winter but two years of drought has made water an even more precious commodity. I was happy to see that there was plenty of water and the usual hordes of Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese and other water birds.

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Sandhill Cranes settle in for the night on an icy pond.

Snow Geese, Chen caerulescens
Snow and Ross’s Geese erupt from their roost and head out to feed in agricultural fields.

Northern Pintail, Anas acuta, male
Sleepy Northern Pintails soak up the morning sun.  Can you find the Gadwalls?

The Snow Geese didn’t always cooperate and wind direction was often to blame. Cold mornings and frozen fingers made photography a challenge and there was a little grumbling at times. Nothing a New Mexico green chile burger couldn’t cure!  Workshop participants Mark Kotanchek and Steve Rosenberg kindly provided me with a few of their stunning images below. As you can see, Bosque has a lot more to offer than just cranes and geese and I look forward to leading another tour next winter.

Mark sunset cranes

Steve Gambels Quali
A male Gambel’s Quail.

Mark Mule Deer  Stev Bobcat

Mark sunset cranepond Steve cranes

Mark Shovlers
Male Northern Shoveler

Steve Snows Mark Wigeon
Male American Wigeon

Steve sunrise

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~ by David Stimac on January 30, 2013.

2 Responses to “Back From Bosque”

  1. Gorgeous shots from both Dave and his friends! Love that Bobcat!

  2. very nice photos…

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