Bosque del Apache… Pretty When They Preen

Preening is nearly as essential to a bird’s well being as eating. Keeping their feathers in top shape is important to their well-being so they can fly and for warmth and protection. Most birds have up to 25,000 feathers and preening removes dust, dirt, and parasites while also aligning each feather…


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

There is a grace and beauty as they stretch their necks to reach each and every feather. I can spend hours watching and photographing preening birds and early mornings at Bosque are great for capturing this activity as they awaken and begin their day preening themselves…


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

I tell my fellow adventurers to stay locked on a preening bird as the final steps are the wing flap, a beautiful display. The challenge at Bosque is not to find a preening bird but, rather to isolate just one from the thousands. while I love to move in really tight, it’s important to leave enough room on the sides and top for the wing flap to avoid chopping off wing tips or heads. Continuous advance helps me to capture the peak of action…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 600mm f4 VR