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Bosque del Apache

Coyote, Bosque del Apache

Bosque del Apache, New Mexico

One afternoon, after arriving at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, we planned to make a circuit of the Farm Loop in late afternoon before finishing at the crane pools. While transiting the center of the refuge we came upon this coyote (Canis latrans), surveying some marsh area from near the road. The coyote seemed in no hurry, holding its position long enough that I was able to pull out my longest lens (which fortunately was already on my best camera body) and get in position to snap a few frames. Eventually I was able to lay myself and my camera on the ground to get this particular frame.
Coyote, pausing to look for prey as it passes through Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Canis latrans, Socorro, New Mexico

Coyote, pausing to look for prey as it passes through Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
Image ID: 21803
Species: Coyote, Canis latrans
Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico, USA

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Snow Geese on a Crane Pool in Afternoon, Bosque del Apache

Bosque del Apache, New Mexico

Midday at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is, for photographers, pretty slow. The bird flight activity seems rather low and the light is harsh. We would return to Socorro for midday, to have lunch, clean up, and catch up on reading the news or having a nap. We would then head back to the refuge about 2:30 or 3pm to take a look at where any geese or cranes might be gathered, assess the winds and make our best guess as to where we should locate ourselves for sundown. On this particular day we found ourselves at 3pm at the south corner of the southernmost crane pool, watching the snow geese (Chen caerulescens) as they would take off in groups of a few dozen at a time. The high thin clouds, given a little pop in this photo with a polarizing filter, would provide some incredible color at sunset just a couple hours later.

Snow geese, and one of the "crane pools" in the northern part of Bosque del Apache NWR, Chen caerulescens, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico

Snow geese, and one of the “crane pools” in the northern part of Bosque del Apache NWR.
Image ID: 21811
Species: Snow goose, Chen caerulescens
Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico, USA

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Photo of Sandhill Cranes at Sunset, Bosque del Apache

Bosque del Apache, New Mexico

On our recent trip to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Skip, Ken and I were treated to several fantastic sunsets as we watched the sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) flying in from nearby corn fields to roost for the night in shallow ponds, where they are protected from coyotes. These three sandhill cranes are silhouetted against deep gold light about 15 minutes after the sun went down behind the mountains.

Sandhilll cranes in golden sunset light, silhouette, standing in pond, Grus canadensis, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico

Sandhilll cranes in golden sunset light, silhouette, standing in pond.
Image ID: 21798
Species: Sandhill crane, Grus canadensis
Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico, USA

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Histogram Check, Sunset, Bosque del Apache

Bosque del Apache, New Mexico

A photographer checks the histogram on his camera, making sure not to blow the highlights in this crazy sunset. Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) are silhouetted in one of the crane pools at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico.

A photographer looks on the back of his camera to view his perfect image of yet another beautiful sunset at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Grus canadensis, Socorro, New Mexico

A photographer looks on the back of his camera to view his perfect image of yet another beautiful sunset at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
Image ID: 21857
Species: Sandhill crane, Grus canadensis
Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico, USA