Photography at Bosque del Apache

We were up before sunrise this morning and after making two Keurig coffees for our travel mugs, on our way to the wildlife refuge. Our first stop was the Flight Deck, which is the main viewing platform inside the refuge. Pickings were pretty slim there so we decided to double back and hit Ed Krane’s pool on the main road. We had seen quite a few snow geese as we passed by on the way into the refuge. We made it back to the pool in time to see and photograph several hundred snow geese blast off from Ed Krane’s pool. Temps were right around freezing this morning which made it tough to stand outside for too long. After seeing the geese lift off, we did a driving tour of the refuge and got some great shots of sandhill cranes foraging for food in the fields along the east side of Farm loop. More cranes and also some snow geese at the north end of Farm loop as well as a few hawks along the way. We checked in at Flight Deck once again on our way out of the refuge, just to see if any birds had come in since we first checked. To our very pleasant surprise, we found two bald eagles sitting in a skeleton tree right in front of the Flight Deck. Apparently, they had been there for almost two hours. And then to top off a fabulous morning of bird photography at Bosque, we were fortunate to get some great flight shots of a hawk lifting off from a tree top across the road from Flight Deck.

We popped into the visitor center to pick up a few souvenirs and to pay our $5 daily fee for access to the refuge. Chris got a nice patch. We were going to go back this afternoon/evening for some more bird photography, but I took over 300 photos and decided to spend the rest of the day editing them in Photoshop. There are more to get through, but the above slide show should give you a good idea of how our day went.

Sunday is supposed to be a rain day here, so we have decided to weigh anchor and head for Roswell in the morning, for a little visit with aliens. Planning on spending Sunday night at the Super Walmart in Carlsbad, so that we can get an early start at Carlsbad Caverns on Monday morning.

We’ve enjoyed our stay at Bosque Birdwatchers RV Park. It is a family run operation and the closest RV park to the wildlife refuge. $23/night for full hook ups with 50 amp service.