Bosque Del Apache 2021 - Trip #2

I just returned from a peaceful and somewhat relaxing visit to Bosque Del Apache wildlife refuge, just south of Socorro New Mexico.  If you’ve never been and you enjoy bird watching or just wildlife photography in general, this is place you will enjoy.  As this was the second trip, I had hoped to see more wildlife than the previous trip. What a difference two weeks makes, there were fewer animals on the second trip.  However, I was not disappointed as there were plenty of creatures to photograph.  

I’m using the Sony A1 with the 200-600 and 100-400GM lenses, the system is about a month old and I’m still trying to get comfortable shooting with the setup.  The first trip out I made many mistakes and walked away a little frustrated with the results. After more practice and a better understanding of what the camera can do, this trip was more successful than the last. There’s plenty to work on as I’m still making mistakes but overall…things have improved. 


Again, if you haven’t been to Bosque, plan a trip.  The air is clean, the people are nice, and the animals are abundant. 


On to the gallery and thank you for taking the time to visit my site.


Frank 

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As the vehicles left for the evening, the dust from the road made for a nice atmosphere in the image.

As the vehicles left for the evening, the dust from the road made for a nice atmosphere in the image.

Great blue heron sitting in the tree waiting for the day to warm up. It was 30 degrees out at the time of the photo.

Great blue heron sitting in the tree waiting for the day to warm up. It was 30 degrees out at the time of the photo.

A goose headed out for the day. They were in the thousands.

A goose headed out for the day. They were in the thousands.

The field would come alive with this little birds feeding on seeds. When the birds of prey flew over they erupted in flight.

Hawk

Hawk

Hawk taking off.

Hawk almost in flight.

Hawk heading out.

Kestrel. These little birds were very vocal when you were in their area.

Geese in flight

Goose coming in for a landing.

Sandhill crane heading out for the morning to feed in the fields.

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes

Thousands of birds taking off.

American Harrier hunting the fields.

Goose feeding.

It was 30 degrees out and this hawk was puffed up to keep warm.

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Hawk in flight.

This hawk decided to fly directly over me.

Sandhill feeding in the warm afternoon sun.

American Harrier hunting.

American Harrier hunting.

American Harrier hunting.

Sandhill Cranes coming in for the evening.

Sandhills in flight.

Ducks, Geese, cranes, and more

Hawk warming up in the early morning as the sun rises.

Duck Butts

A duck, no clue what variety.

I think there were 15 mule deer feeding when I took this shot.

Canadian Geese in flight.

American Harrier Hunting

American Harrier Hunting

American Harrier Hunting

American Harrier Hunting

Mule deer peeking over the hill.

Mule deer doe

Wild Turkey, I tried on four occasions to capture shots of 15-20 turkeys and they were always in the shade.

Mule deer grooming each other.

Mule Deer

One of the little birds that make up the thousands in the previous photos.

Hawk

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Crane feeding

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