Sandhill Cranes doing a early morning fly-be | Bosque del Apache (NM) Bird Safari

Bird Photography is about Action and Interaction: As Good As It Gets in North America

Safari Information Reservations Guide: Brent Paull
This is one of the premier winter bird photography locations in North America.  Tens of thousands of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes winter along this stretch of the Rio Grande River in central New Mexico. Sunrise and sunset are spectacular, while during the mid-day the snow geese and cranes are doing constant fly-bys between the ponds and corn fields.  Large flocks of ducks fill in the open water, while many types of raptors, including bald eagles, hunt from the cottonwoods.  On the last safari we had a terrific encounter photographing Javelina, shooting both a mother and young, and mating adults.  Warm boots, gloves, overcoat, etc are important as this location can get very cold and windy. If coming from California the first three photographers can ride with me, others can meet me in Socorro, NM. From my house in Tulare it's about a 13 hour drive - just an easy day. We alternate buying gas for those riding with me and split hotel costs when possible or desired. Reservations are at a local hotel in Socorro, NM, you pay upon check-in.  The cost per night is usually around $80/night, or half that if you split a room.  

The deposit is 50% via check, Paypal, Venmo, or credit card, and the balance is due halfway between the deposit date and the safari date unless you are booking within 3 months, then full payment is due. 
I've spent my 40-year wildlife photography career shooting in the American West.  The first 24 years shooting out of Utah, the past 16 years out of California.  The photo safaris that I lead are all to the best locations, at the best times, during peak wildlife activity periods.  What a rush it has been.

Difficulty Level : Easy

Like most National Wildlife Refuges, there is a road system around Bosque that gives access to different ponds facing in different directions.  Also, there are a number of "decks" that give observation points into some ponds.

Dates : Sunday, Dec 10-12  $1000

Participants -
max of 5 clients.
Bosque Blast-off Video - Link
Info Links - Safari Checklist - Link
Image Galleries - Snow Geese     Sandhill Cranes

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