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Brown booby flying over Rose Atoll at sunset, with dark colorful storm clouds and other birds in the background, Sula leucogaster, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary A white tern, or fairy tern, alights on a branch at Rose Atoll in American Samoa, Gygis alba, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary Sandhill crane spreads its broad wings as it takes flight in early morning light.  This crane is one of over 5000 present in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, stopping here during its winter migration, Grus canadensis, Socorro, New Mexico Snow geese at dawn.  Snow geese often "blast off" just before or after dawn, leaving the ponds where they rest for the night to forage elsewhere during the day, Chen caerulescens, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Sandhilll cranes in golden sunset light, silhouette, standing in pond, Grus canadensis, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Snow geese in flight, Chen caerulescens, Bosque Del Apache, Socorro, New Mexico Snow geese in flight, wings are blurred in long time exposure as they are flying, Chen caerulescens, Bosque Del Apache, Socorro, New Mexico Snow geese at dawn.  Snow geese often "blast off" just before or after dawn, leaving the ponds where they rest for the night to forage elsewhere during the day, Chen caerulescens, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Rose Islet, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary Snow goose in flight, Chen caerulescens, Bosque Del Apache, Socorro, New Mexico Coyote, pausing to look for prey as it passes through Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Canis latrans, Socorro, New Mexico Snow geese at sunrise.  Thousands of wintering snow geese take to the sky in predawn light in Bosque del Apache's famous "blast off".  The flock can be as large as 20,000 geese or more.  Long time exposure creates blurring among the geese, Chen caerulescens, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Snow goose in flight, Chen caerulescens, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Snow geese rest on a still pond in rich orange and yellow sunrise light.  These geese have spent their night's rest on the main empoundment and will leave around sunrise to feed in nearby corn fields, Chen caerulescens, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Snow geese resting, on a still pond in early morning light, in groups of several thousands, Chen caerulescens, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Sandhill crane portrait, as it forages in tall grass, Grus canadensis, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico coralline algae reef, Porolithon, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary Pink coralline algae, Porolithon, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary Paul W. Gabrielson, Ph.D, collecting algae and coral samples, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary White (or fairy) tern, Gygis alba, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary Sunset at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, with sandhill cranes silhouetted in reflection in the calm pond.  Spectacular sunsets at Bosque del Apache, rich in reds, oranges, yellows and purples, make for striking reflections of the thousands of cranes and geese found in the refuge each winter, Grus canadensis, Socorro, New Mexico Small black bird, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico A sandhill crane, standing in still waters with rich gold sunset light reflected around it, Grus canadensis, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico A sandhill crane in flight, spreading its wings wide which can span up to 6 1/2 feet, Grus canadensis, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Snow goose bearing neck and leg research ID tags, in flight, Chen caerulescens, Bosque Del Apache, Socorro, New Mexico Snow goose in flight, Chen caerulescens, Bosque Del Apache, Socorro, New Mexico Snow geese in flight, late afternoon light, Chen caerulescens, Bosque Del Apache, Socorro, New Mexico 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 at dawn.  Snow geese often "blast off" just before or after dawn, leaving the ponds where they rest for the night to forage elsewhere during the day, Chen caerulescens, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Snow geese blast off.  After resting and preening on water, snow geese are startled by a coyote, hawk or just wind and take off en masse by the thousands.  As many as 50,000 snow geese are found at Bosque del Apache NWR at times, stopping at the refuge during their winter migration along the Rio Grande River, Chen caerulescens, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Sunrise over Bosque del Apache.  Rich predawn colors are reflected in the main impoundment pond in the refuge, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Sandhill crane spreads its broad wings as it takes flight in early morning light.  This crane is one of over 5000 present in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, stopping here during its winter migration, Grus canadensis, Socorro, New Mexico A sandhill crane is perfectly reflected, in mirror-calm waters at sunrise, Grus canadensis, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Sandhill crane in flight, in dim sunset light, wings blurred due to time exposure, Grus canadensis, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Sandhill cranes in flight, silhouetted against a richly colored evening sky.  A composite of two photographs taken moments apart, combined digitally, Grus canadensis, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Snow goose in flight, Chen caerulescens, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Sandhill cranes in flight, silhouetted against a richly colored evening sky.  A composite of two photographs taken moments apart, combined digitally, Grus canadensis, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Sandhilll cranes in golden sunset light, silhouette, standing in pond, Grus canadensis, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Snow geese, flying in syncrony through color twilight skies, wings blurred due to long time exposure, Chen caerulescens, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Snow geese at sunrise.  Thousands of wintering snow geese take to the sky in predawn light in Bosque del Apache's famous "blast off".  The flock can be as large as 20,000 geese or more.  Long time exposure creates blurring among the geese, Chen caerulescens, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Sandhill cranes in flight in early morning light, Grus canadensis, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Sandhill cranes in flight, silhouetted against a richly colored evening sky, Grus canadensis, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Pink coralline algae, Porolithon, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary Red tailed tropic bird, Phaethon rubricauda, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary Brown booby, Sula leucogaster, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary White (or fairy) tern, Gygis alba, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary Brown booby (juvenile), Sula leucogaster, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary Brown booby, Sula leucogaster, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary Sandhill cranes, flying across a colorful sunset sky, blur wings due to long time exposure, Grus canadensis, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro, New Mexico Sandhill cranes fly across a crescent moon.  A composite image formed from two photographs, taken a few moments apart, at sunset, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Grus canadensis, Socorro, New Mexico   more ...

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