Bosque del Apache Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese



After photographing the spring migration of through Nebraska for many years, I finally had the opportunity to shoot these interesting creatures in their most notable winter habitat at in New Mexico earlier this week. I associate sandhill cranes with Nebraska so it seemed odd to encounter these familiar birds in a completely different context.

The desert mountain back drop of added a new dimension for me to the familiar sights and sounds of sandhill cranes that I have come to know after so many years. Although the number of cranes at is a small fraction of the numbers we see in Nebraska for six weeks each spring, there was no shortage of fantastic photo opportunities. The thin, dry air of the high desert environment and mountainous background makes it a fantastic place for BIF photography.

Sandhill cranes share the spotlight at Bosque del Apache with thousands of and ross’s geese. The goose “blast-off” at sunrise each morning is thrilling all by itself. However, add in one of New Mexico’s colorful sunrises and you have a fantastic combination wildlife and landscape photography that is second to none.

Here are a few shots after three days in the desert earlier this week. Thanks for looking . . .

Bosque del Apache Sandhill Cranes

Bosque Del Apache Snow Geese

Bosque Del Apache Sandhill Cranes

Bosque Del Apache Snow Geese

Bosque Del Apache Sandhill Cranes

Bosque Del Apache Snow Geese

Frank Comisar

Frank Comisar

is a nature photographer who loves to help others make beautiful photographs. His photography interests are varied and range from landscapes to wildlife. He shoots landscapes, wildlife, and nature for the purpose of capturing a moment in time that when revisited, portrays the natural beauty of the places visited and the creatures that live there. His goal is to not merely provide a visual and technical documentation of the scene in front of the lens. Rather, it is to render the scene in an artistic and creative way that not only provides context to the image, but also captures the feeling and essence of the moment.

Frank Comisar

Frank Comisar

Frank Comisar is a nature photographer who loves to help others make beautiful photographs. His photography interests are varied and range from landscapes to wildlife. He shoots landscapes, wildlife, and nature for the purpose of capturing a moment in time that when revisited, portrays the natural beauty of the places visited and the creatures that live there. His goal is to not merely provide a visual and technical documentation of the scene in front of the lens. Rather, it is to render the scene in an artistic and creative way that not only provides context to the image, but also captures the feeling and essence of the moment.

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