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Bosque del Apache

Located on the Rio Grande River 16 miles south of Socorro New Mexico, the Bosque del Apache (Apache Woods) National Wildlife Refuge is one of the preeminent sites in the US for photographing migratory birds. Each year, thousands of Snow Geese, Ducks, and Sandhill Cranes spend the winter at this protected area. These photos were taken in January 2006 with a Canon EOS 20D digital camera. Only two lens were used: a Canon EF-S 17-85 IS, and a Canon EF 400/5.6 L.
Snow Geese & Sandhill Cranes in flight
Snow Geese & Sandhill Cranes in flight
Snow Geese along the Rio Grande River
Snow Geese along the Rio Grande River
The Canadian Geese generally stay in their own area
The Canadian Geese generally stay in their own area
A pair of Snow Geese in flight
A pair of Snow Geese in flight
Grain fields within the reserve provide adequate food for the birds
Grain fields within the reserve provide adequate food for the birds
Snow Geese in formation
Snow Geese in formation
Sandhill Cranes mate for life and can live for over thirty years
Sandhill Cranes mate for life and can live for over thirty years
Cranes behave in a more orderly manner than geese
Cranes behave in a more orderly manner than geese
Sandhill Cranes are magnificant flyers
Sandhill Cranes are magnificant flyers
Geese tend to flock and often seem to lack purpose
Geese tend to flock and often seem to lack purpose
Happy Hour after a hard day in the grain fields
"Happy Hour" after a hard day in the grain fields
A fine way to spend the winter
A fine way to spend the winter
Pre-dawn view from the Flight Deck
Pre-dawn view from the "Flight Deck"
Fly Out
"Fly Out"
One of the lakes along the highway
One of the lakes along the highway
Settling in for the night
Settling in for the night
Eagles are fond of duck
Eagles are fond of duck
The beauty of New Mexico in the winter
The beauty of New Mexico in the winter
A pair of Greater Sandhill Cranes
A pair of Greater Sandhill Cranes
Birds, birds, birds
Birds, birds, birds
At no time of the day is the sky free of birds
At no time of the day is the sky free of birds
Peace and quiet after flyout
Peace and quiet after "flyout"
Canadian Geese pretty much keep to themselves
Canadian Geese pretty much keep to themselves
Canadian Geese are big birds!
Canadian Geese are "big" birds!
The lakes provide safety from predators
The lakes provide safety from predators
Returning from the farms
Returning from the "farms"
Settled in for the night
Settled in for the night
Unlike the Geese, Cranes are late risers
Unlike the Geese, Cranes are late risers
Lining up for departure shortly after dawn
Lining up for departure shortly after dawn
Homeward bound
Homeward bound
Cranes do not flock, but fly in small groups
Cranes do not flock, but fly in small groups
Tomorrow it starts all over again
Tomorrow it starts all over again