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Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week - Bosque del Apache NWR

Bird PhotographyTim Boyer

Bosque del Apache NWR is on every bird photographers top ten list of refuges to visit and revisit if they've been there or heard about it!  The abundance of cranes, snow geese, raptors and songbirds combined with dramatic, fabulous light is unmatched in North America.  It has been described as the mecca for bird photographers and around Thanksgiving Weekend each year just after the annual Festival of the Cranes the place can feel a little crowded and well let's just say not a very wild, natural place.  Go a few weeks later though and it will be a very different experience. Here's a collection of some of my favorite images from over the years of visiting the refuge.  

Sandhill Cranes leaving corn fields for their evening roosting ponds.
Sandhill Cranes leaving corn fields for their evening roosting ponds.
A fmaily of cranes getting ready to leave the roosting ponds and head to the corn fields for the day.
A fmaily of cranes getting ready to leave the roosting ponds and head to the corn fields for the day.
Two Sandhill Cranes flying to the corn fields in morning light.
Two Sandhill Cranes flying to the corn fields in morning light.
Snow Goose blastoff which can sound like a freight train is about to run over you.
Snow Goose blastoff which can sound like a freight train is about to run over you.
When the cranes leave the roosting ponds each morning there are some great flight photography opportunities.
When the cranes leave the roosting ponds each morning there are some great flight photography opportunities.
A Road Runner dashes along one fo the many dikes in the refuge.
A Road Runner dashes along one fo the many dikes in the refuge.
Each year at Bosque something unexcepted will happen. This Western Screech Owl was in a nest just off teh auto tour route and was very cooperative, and photogenic.
Each year at Bosque something unexcepted will happen. This Western Screech Owl was in a nest just off teh auto tour route and was very cooperative, and photogenic.
Great-tailed Grackles leave their roosting tree when a pair of Bald Eagles decide to land in it.
Great-tailed Grackles leave their roosting tree when a pair of Bald Eagles decide to land in it.

More images of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge can be found here.

Photography Workshop information can be found here.

My interview by Outdoor Photographer magazine can be found here.

Enjoy!    Thanks     Tim