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
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
max of 5 clients.
Safari Checklist -
- Snow Geese