Bosque Del Apache 2021

Bosque Del Apache is just south of Socorro New Mexico. The wildlife refuge has been around since the 1930’s and offers a lot for wildlife in the region. Sandhill cranes, snow geese, ducks and more use this area as a stopping point while migrating south for the winter. This was our second trip to Bosque, the severe drought has dried up several of the areas I photographed in 2018. There is an ongoing effort to fill the surrounding flood plains/ponds for the migrating animals. During each visit we have viewed eagles, hawks, falcons, mule deer and much more.   There are several loops which are well maintained, no need for a truck or off road vehicle, cars can easily access the majority of the refuge. I believe Bosque has 100+ miles of hiking trails as well. 

This trip I tested the Sony A1 +200-600 lens combo. I’m currently shooting with Nikon and have decided to make the leap to the mirrorless camera world. I’m not 100% convinced I’ll stick with Sony and sell off my Nikon gear at this point. I’m “on the fence” so to speak. But, with my limited time using the gear, I’ve enjoyed shooting with it. 

Be sure to plan a trip to Bosque if you enjoy the outdoors and wildlife. 

Thanks for the visit, I hope you enjoy the images.


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American Harrier Hawk causing the birds to panic.

Sandhill cranes coming in for the evening.

Mule Deer buck

Kestrel sitting in the evening sun.

As the sun set the light began to change and glow.

Hawk hunting

Sandhill Cranes coming in for the evening.

Warm sunlight on the sandhill cranes as they return for the evening.

Geese flying past the moon. This took awhile to capture.

Wild Turkeys

Sandhill crane on final approach.

Sandhill Crane air brakes.

Mule Deer

Mule Deer

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Javelina, we ran across a dozen or so.


Mass exit

Sandhill Crane

Mule Deer Buck

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

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