Wednesday, December 2, 2009
New Mexico -Sandhill Cranes & Snow Geese
The week before Thanksgiving I could not have had a better time photographing in New Mexico while traveling with 4 other wildlife photographers. Our first stop was Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, 8 miles south of San Antonio, New Mexico. We had tremendous weather the entire trip. Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese are typically the main attractions at Bosque. The images above and below were taken at the crane pools on the main road as the sun rose. The temperature was below freezing, so in the morning it was interesting watching the birds navigate on and around the ice on the pools.
Bird numbers during our visit were approximately 6,000 canes and 22,000 geese. The geese shots below were captured in the agricultural fields managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service for the birds.
In the evening, we photographed the cranes utilizing the sunset sky to work on silhouette images.
I trust everyone had a good Thanksgiving. Blue Skies.