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Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

December was a busy month for me over at the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Aside from doing my yearly photographing there, I met up with a great friend of mine, Rick Sammon to pitch a hand in helping him record his newest KelbyOne class, Breathtaking Bird Photography: Pro Setting and Techniques.

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

A snow geese blast off as the sun rises at Bosque.

Bosque del Apache Sandhill Cranes

Add some creativity to your shots using slower shutter speeds or panning with your subject.

If you are a nature/bird enthusiast, with or without a camera, this is a can’t miss location, especially if you are in the Southwest! The area provides a lot of opportunities for photographers daily. Snow geese blast off, elaborate sandhill cranes with their behaviors and in-flight shots, and then there is the sunsets and sunrises that Bosque is known for as well! Bird watchers are in for a treat too as there are over 200 species of birds here throughout the year. The most popular time of year starts near thanksgiving each year during the festival of the cranes. Winter is the most common time to see the high bird counts with the geese and cranes. For more information on the annual Festival of the Cranes event check out the Friends of Bosque website.

A Sunrise at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

A Sunrise at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

A Few Days of Filming

While in the area with Rick last month, we shot footage for his newest online class as mentioned earlier. This class is available now on the KelbyOne website. Rick talks about everything from shooting, preparing in the field, equipment, scouting, respecting the wildlife and so much more. Here is a behind the scenes look at the recording of the class!

Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge was founded in 1939. The land is approximately 3800 acres within the heart of the land and a grand total of just over 50,000 acres. A 12-mile loop in the main area divided by two sides known as the Marsh Loop and the Farm Loops will give you plenty of chances to observe and photograph the wildlife in the area. For more official information you can check out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. While you are here, check out my Birding Gallery to see even more shots from Bosque!