Bosque del Apache…Not Just Geese And Cranes

While most people come to Bosque for the Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes that winter over here, there are many other species of birds that make wonderful subjects. Northern Pintails are a bit skittish and will move away when approached but, if you have patience and sit still they will soon move within range…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 600mm f4 VR, TC-17E II

Road Runners can normally be found hunting along the side of the road, near the bushes. Once they go into hunting mode, it’s pretty easy to approach to within photographic range. This one was on the hunt and as it ran along the berm near one of the ponds, he stopped long enough for a few quick photos…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 600mm f4 VR, TC-14E II

The current raptor count at Bosque is seventeen. While driving the loop we saw several Northern Harriers (easily identified by the white strip one their tail feathers) working the fields and decided to try and photograph them. They can be a bit difficult to photograph as they cover a great distance while on the hunt and their flight pattern is a bit erratic. You just get one in the viewfinder and it dips, twists or soars away. With enough patience, you can get “lucky” like we did here…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 600mm f4 VR, TC-14E II

There are many species birds to aim your lens at when visiting Bosque del Apache. We have dedicated a short period of time each afternoon to working a few.