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Post Posted: Dec 12, 2016 3:38 pm 
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On the Friday before Thanksgiving Mrs. BGR and I loaded up and headed south for a few days in the Bosque Del Apache.
It is a wildlife refuge about 18 miles south of Socorro, New Mexico.
This was the time of year for the Festival of the Cranes.

Here is a link to the incredible schedule of events this festival features;
http://www.friendsofthebosque.org/crane/2016schedule.html
(Did you take most of the day to read that list?)

This Festival draws LARGE numbers of birders - and, because of those crowds, we try to go on the last day and stay for a few days when the crowds are in the dozens instead of the hundreds.

Here is a link to the maps of the Bosque Del Apache which is sandwiched between I-25 and the Rio Grande.
http://www.friendsofthebosque.org/mapNMandtourloop.html
The loop road is gravel and is easily toured in any type of car.

Time to get on with the photos!
We drove into the Bosque in the mid-afternoon and took off on the loop road.
Here is a regular view of Sandhill Cranes feeding in one of the pastures where they can almost always be seen.
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You can see a semi-truck on I-25 in the background.

My favorite is to catch a few birds in flight as they cruise into a different feeding ground.
This was later in the afternoon and the Sun is lighting up their feathers.
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Since water birds are one of the main features of the Bosque, there is a system of ditches and canals supplying irrigation to selected fields.
Here we found a Great Blue Heron standing "mannequin" still waiting for just the right fish or frog to come near.
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He got nervous (as they all do when strangers are close enough for photos) and launched across the ditch.
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The Sun sets early at this time of year.
This was our last shot with a Great Blue Heron posing atop an irrigation pipe.
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Out on Monday morning we started at the "Flight Deck" (see map) for the "crack of sunrise" mass ascension.
This is one of the most popular daily events at the Bosque - and it is often worth being out in the really COLD morning air!
NOT this morning because it was overcast and the birds were elsewhere.
It happens - but stay tuned as we DID get to see several spectacles to be revealed later in this post.

Even in the gray morning light there are Sandhill Cranes to be seen in the fields.
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It is still fairly cold - so why waste using two legs to just stand there!

Many in the air heading in to the corn fields for a morning feed
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And... into the alfalfa fields.
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The Bosque is a winter home for huge numbers of ducks.
Here is a male Pintail on one of the many ponds.
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Then more Pintails...
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I suspected that the Bosque Del Apache had "cornered the market" on Pintails!
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"See what I mean, Vern?"

We like ducks OK but many other birds top our list of favorites.
Like - Snow Geese!
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It is obvious that the goose on the left is a Snow Goose.
So is the one on the right - but it is commonly referred to as a Blue Goose!
(That is just a color phase of Snow Goose!)

Wild turkeys were being reported by many of the birders touring the Bosque.
Here's a flock that just strolled out a "closed" road just off the main loop.
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Here is another Great Blue Heron perched on a dead tree stump in one of the water features just south of where we saw the wild turkeys.
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With this slightly wider view you can see how safe that perch is from any predators!
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Back to the Snow Geese!
Here is another "Blue" goose on the "Flight Pond" about two miles north of the Bosque Del Apache Refuge.
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This is a favorite spot for photographers to catch Snow Geese in the mid-day as they rest and feed.
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This pond is about 1.5 miles long and actually can be seen when there is a question if more Snow Geese can land there!

At the end of this day (Monday) we decided to take the "blue road" back to Socorro for supper.
(I really hate scorching along on I-25 at 75mph and being run over by folks doing 85!)
This rainbow showed us that there is possible to find a theoretical "pot-o-gold" in southern New Mexico!
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Out on Tuesday morning early enough to drive to the Bosque and go to the "Flight Deck" in time for sunrise.
Temperature in the mid twenties and thousands of Snow Geese can be seen in the dim light on the large pond.
Hundreds of Sandhill Cranes could be barely seen beyond the geese across the pond.
Just as the Sun barely "cracked" the horizon, the din of geese chattering to each other gave way to a thunderous roar as the Snow Geese rose
in a massive ascension and circled the pond several times before heading off to the distant ponds and fields for the morning feed.
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This single event is one of the most desired photo opportunities of the Bosque Del Apache!

This is just moments after the Snow Geese departed along with most of the Sandhill Cranes.
These last two straggling Sandhill Cranes can be seen as the Sun is blazing over the eastern mountains!
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This is what I call "oldies selfies" which we have done for many years when we are up so early!
We have just walked off the "Flight Deck" and walked along the shore of the pond to see what there was to see.
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We drove down to the southwest end of the loop road in the Bosque to take a walk on a footbridge over a wetland there.
Not much to see - but another "oldies selfie" presented itself!
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You just gotta take advantage of these memories when they are revealed to you!

Our reward for seeing nothing from the footbridge popped up right in front of us as we stepped off the bridge near our car.
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This is NOT a wild pig but is a Javelina (pronounced: have-a-lina) using the road to avoid the thick reeds in the background.
That "razor-shaped" front end of that guy looks like it could slice through any obstacle even if the road was not there!
It is a Peccary - a hoofed animal native to South and Central America and quite common from Texas to Arizona.
This must be the MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) version of a wild animal!
They are the bane of folks trying to garden in the southwest!

Just around the corner on the southeast side of the loop, we got a flash of this [rooster] (male) Pheasant!
(Thanks, pinecam, for "fixing" a "bad" word! Ha, ha!)
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He didn't give me much time to a photos study - but I got this one!

Back up on the north end of the loop road we found many Sandhill Cranes in a corn field.
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And - another Javelina!
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Heading south on the west side of the loop road we watched a Roadrunner working the far side of a ditch.
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He got several bugs and one lizard while we watched.

Out of the Bosque and headed north we stopped along the Flight Pond to watch the Snow Geese winging over the pond.
This will be a series of "specks in the sky" at the size you can see on pinecam - but you will get the message of how many there are!
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Back to Socorro for supper and to work on the day;s photos.

Up EARLY again to get to the Flight Deck in the Bosque for sunrise.
This turned out to be a similar experience to what you saw earlier...
...except that this HUGE flock of Snow Geese FLEW IN to circle the pond a few times and then head off to the hinterlands without landing!
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There are LOTS of Snow Geese both here and spread across many other water features across the United States.
The TRUTH is that they have been overpopulating for decades and stressing the Arctic tundra where they summer to breed and raise more Snow Geese.
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has kept a "bag limit" for goose hunters of NO LIMIT for Snow Geese.
It has NOT made a dent in the population in all that time!
That begs the question, "How much Snow Goose can any bird hunter stand to eat?"

They sure are nice to photograph!
Here is a large flock of Snow Geese descending in the early morning light into a flooded field on the Bosque.
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Nothing like early morning and late evening "sweet light" for shutterbugs!

It was still very cold and not a lick of wind in the early morning.
We took the road across the middle of the Bosque and found this Black-capped Night Heron doing a "mannequin" in this ice-ringed pond.
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One just can't give away your hunting spot by making any moves that the frogs might see!
...until it is TOO LATE!

This is another popular field in the "dawn's early light" with Sandhill Cranes arriving.
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There actually are a LOT of various ducks mixed in with the cranes.

Just top "cap off" the trip to the Bosque Del Apache, we had to catch this Great Blue Heron waiting for breakfast to arrive.
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We took the "blue road" back to Socorro to get ready to head to Santa Fe, New Mexico, for Thanksgiving the next day.
I had to make a U-turn on this narrow road to go back to get a shot of two Red-tailed Hawks on a power pole.
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With just a little imagination you can almost hear what they are saying to each other...
"...Do you have any idea why those Gringos did that stupid U-turn on THAT road?"

Thank you for riding along with to the Bosque Del Apache.
You MUST try to check that off your "Bucket List" as it will be worth it!
Socorro is a nice town with Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures who are proud of what they have
They have respect for their history and were always courteous and welcoming to us during our time there.
Good motels are available and not terribly expensive unless you go there for the heart of the Festival!

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Amazing, beautiful and informative, as always. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful pictures and trip with us. I love seeing and hearing about your travels. Seriously think about making a book, I certainly would buy one! Just beautiful!


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Your first Blue Heron is SO blue. Gorgeous! All the photos are magnificent!

I was at Bosque del Apache one Thanksgiving weekend. The main thing I remember (it was 25 years ago) is the deafening sound of the Snow Geese as they took off for the day. 8)

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I got some of the images but not all of them. Am I the only one with that problem?


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I had that happen, too. Just refresh/reload the page and they will all show.

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Amazing photos, thanks! I agree, I had no idea that Blue Herons were so blue, gorgeous!

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Thanks, once again, for sharing this spectacular experience with us. I've added it to my bucket list.

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Stunning photos BGR !
Very nice!
Thanks for sharing, you and Mrs. BGR are the best!


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i agree with the book idea! award-winning photos, bgr - some of them take your breath away!


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I love your posts (pictures) for two reasons.
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Your photos are so wonderful and impressive that we would like to go to Bosque Del Apache this summer. In researching places to stay nearby the choices seem to be limited and we are wondering what you recommend. Is there a way that I can get in touch with you privately? I am a new Pinecam user and can't figure out how to do this online.

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