We’re in New Mexico today, our first day of photography on Backcountry Journeys 2019 Bosque Del Apache & White Sands tour.
Bosque Del Apache is a 57,000-acre wildlife refuge located in south-central New Mexico, and it is currently booming with migratory wildlife as thousands of Snow Geese, Ross’s geese, and Sandhill Cranes have arrived at these valuable wintering grounds along the Rio Grande.
These amazing and photogenic birds travel great distances each year in order to get to Bosque. Part of their mystique perhaps comes from this instinctive nature to migrate. While there are several different waterfowl spending winter here, most folks seemingly attract most to the Sandhill Crane, and I suppose we all fall into that category, as well.
Because of this attraction, we thought it might be fun to take a look at 10 cool things that make these cranes awesome.
Ten Cool Things that make Sandhill Cranes Awesome
As interesting as these birds are, the Sandhills crane is not the ONLY draw on this fantastic New Mexican tour! In addition to photographing the cranes and the Snow geese, who are also here in huge numbers, there are many species of duck, hawk, eagle, and other birds along with occasional mammals, such as mule deer, coyotes, javelina and jackrabbits to find as well.
To the delight of our landscape photographers, our tour itinerary will take us this week to neighboring White Sands National Monument. At White Sands, we’ll create magical, almost haunting landscape images of the world’s largest gypsum sand dune field. White Sands is truly one of the world’s greatest natural wonders and perhaps somewhat hidden gem (Read more about the haunting nature of White Sands here).