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 the corn fields.  Large flocks of ducks fill in the open water on the refuge's many ponds, while many types of raptors, including bald eagles, hunt from the cottonwoods.  This is the only safari where I have carded out (completely filled all my memory cards, couldn't happen now) by lunch time.  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 about an hour south of Albuquerque.  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 accommodations 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, 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.  Check the main safari page for other information.  Spouses can ride along at no charge, though they will have to buy a ferry ticket.  Link 

This safari is 3 days long.

I've spent my 38-year wildlife photography career shooting in the American West.  The first 23 years shooting out of Utah, the past 15 years out of California.  With 1500 published photo credits, dozens of magazine covers and article, and a lifetime wandering the roads of the west, 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 Dates

Easy  -  Some walking, no hiking.  Cold. Thursday, December 8-10  $750
Like most National Wildlife Refuges, there is a road system around Bosque that gives access to different ponds facing in different directions.  There is a corn field we shoot at if the wind is favorable.  We always want the wind at our backs so the birds have to land coming towards us, or taking off.  Also, there are a number of "decks" that give observation points into some ponds. Depending on which ponds contain the birds at sunrise and sunset, wide-angle lenses can capture an overall scene that telephoto or long zoom lens will miss - so bring those lenses.  Each morning there is a "blast-off" of tens of thousands of snow geese from whichever pond they have congregated in that morning - just stunning.  Watch the video linked below.
Bonus Safari Discount Participants - maximum of 4 photographers.

Bosque del Apache Blast-off Video - Link

Image Galleries:
Snow Geese     Sandhill Cranes

Information Links
Participating in four 1-day safaris earns you 1 free safari day that can be applied to any future safari. Safari Checklist - Link
Published Tearsheets - Link
Brent's Biography - Link  
 

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