Bosque del Apache NWR by Don Getty – Part 2

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National Wildlife Refuge is a premier location for winter birding and .

November and December are the best months.

Bosque is located in New Mexico about 95 mile south of Albuquerque.

Snow Goose, Bosque del Apache NWR

The small community of Socorro, 19 mile north of the Refuge, offers a good variety of hotels and restaurants. When I visit Bosque I like to stay for about five days. In just one or two days someone less serious about great photography will see much of what Bosque has to offer, but serious photographers generally stay longer.

, Bosque del Apache NWR

The Refuge has over 57,000 acres with a 12-mile graveled auto-tour route through much of it. Spotting and photography can be done from your vehicle and there are also eight viewing/photography decks along the route. Photography from the shoreline of various ponds is particularly good for the morning liftoff and evening fly-in. To experience the best of Bosque, plan to be there at sunrise and sunset. The morning liftoff is an experience that you won’t forget as thousands of Snow Geese leave their nighttime roust and fly in mass, low over your head.

Snow Geese, Bosque del Apache NWR

Along Highway 1 which leads to the Refuge, there are several ponds which can also be excellent for photography at sunrise and sunset. With thousands of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes in the air or on the ponds, the photographic opportunities can be exceptional.

Snow Geese – Dark Morph, Bosque del Apache NWR

The photography you see here is obviously a visual experience. When on the scene, the calls of thousand of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese is an audible experience that is a symphony of nature you won’t forget.

Snow Geese at Sunrise, Bosque del Apache NWR

Bosque is the winter home for many species of migratory . As many as 14,000 Sandhill Cranes and 32,000 Snow Geese stop over at Bosque on their migration. Although the Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese dominant the landscape, many other species can be easily found as well.

Snow Goose – Dark Morph, Bosque del Apache NWR

Because I have so many photos that I want to present here, I’ve split this article into three parts.

Part 1 – Sandhill Cranes – in case you missed it click here. https://focusingonwildlife.com/news/bosque-del-apache-nwr-by-don-getty-part-1/

Part 2 – Snow Geese

Part 3 – Many other species, will follow before long.

For more of my photographs from Bosque del Apache and other locations, please see http://dongettywildlifephotography.com/

Don Getty

Don Getty

Don Getty

Don Getty has been an avid wildlife photographer for over 20 years. He resides in Wyoming, just 30 miles from Yellowstone Park. He photographs birds, mammals, reptiles and just about any living creature he can get in front of his lens. Wildlife photography has taken him throughout the Rocky Mountain region of the US and Canada, East Africa, South Africa, Costa Rica, Florida and Churchill Manitoba. He has received numerous awards and his images have appeared in many magazines, books and calendars.

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Don Getty

Don Getty

Don Getty has been an avid wildlife photographer for over 20 years. He resides in Wyoming, just 30 miles from Yellowstone Park. He photographs birds, mammals, reptiles and just about any living creature he can get in front of his lens. Wildlife photography has taken him throughout the Rocky Mountain region of the US and Canada, East Africa, South Africa, Costa Rica, Florida and Churchill Manitoba. He has received numerous awards and his images have appeared in many magazines, books and calendars.

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Glenn Bartley

Don, belated congratulations on your success in our latest “Best Photo of the Week Competition” https://focusingonwildlife.com/news/best-photo-of-the-week-ended-01-dec-2012/

Frank Comisar

Excellent shots. I will be at Bosque next week – your photos provide serious inspiration. Thanks for posting.

Julie Brown

Gorgeous images, Don. The color is so vibrant, it really makes the viewer feel part of the experience.

Pierre Gagnaux
Pierre Gagnaux

What can I say more than wonderful !