Migrating Sandhill Cranes and Snow
Geese by the tens of thousands fly into the bottom lands along the
Rio Grande River in central New Mexico to winter. Bosque del
Apache NWR is one of the main migration locations in this area.
Cold temperatures in the morning freeze ponds and frost leaves, but
by mid-day the temps are warmer. Thunderheads and cloud
formations in the late afternoon make for colorful and dramatic
sunsets as birds fly back to the ponds.
On my 2010 safari we had shot out all
our CF cards (40 GB for me at that time) by 11am. We did a
return to the hotel to download and by mid-afternoon were back
filling our cards. The numbers of birds and opportunities were
Besides the cranes and geese, the refuge is home to hawks, eagles,
coyotes, road runners, deer, elk - and numerous other species.
This is an amazing opportunity to photograph these large numbers of
birds from sunrise through sunset at amazingly close distances.
We meet in Socorro, New Mexico on I-25 south of Albuquerque on
Saturday Night, January 4th. Hotel costs are minimal and there
are good restaurants in town. On the third day, if we have
worn out the birds, we travel down to White Sands NM to shoot for
the third day in the gypsum dunes.