Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography
I arrived at Bosque del Apache NWR very early this morning, actually way early and got a spot on the flight deck. My thoughts were that I should probably go to the left of the flight deck but there was no wind at all and since I never get the chance to be on the flight deck I figured why not. The Snow Geese blasted as they usually did but I kept hearing large numbers in the background as if they were repositioning but they never made it over the mountains.
After photographing the usual blast off I went looking for where the birds were since I knew I heard them. As I came up on this group featured above I was treated (along with a few others) to a symphony of blast-offs and repositionings. I handheld my 24-105mm lens and these were two of my favorites. The very top image looked like a painting to me with the beautiful sun kissed mountains in the back.
The management has not done one single thing to improve the photography there but the good thing is nobody has told the birds– as they just keep coming. Many folks complain that the refuge managers are not making things easy for photographers; well, it is a refuge for the birds…not the people. We need to respect that and as bad as it has been touted recently it is still a fantastic photography experience that is not to be missed!