Friday, January 11, 2013

Bosque del Apache

The Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico is an oasis for wintering sand hill cranes and snow geese. The refuge sits in the Albuquerque basin near the Rio Grande River. The habitat supports an average of approximately 10,000 sand hill cranes and almost twice as many snow geese each winter. The cranes and geese are drawn to the shallow wetlands that dot the refuge. The birds roost in these pools over night, the water offering some protection from nocturnal ground based predators. When the sun rises the birds take off and fly to neighboring fields where they forage for left over grain and insects.


6 comments:

Gemma Wiseman said...

Scenic view of these beautiful water birds! Love the magic of the light!

'Tsuki said...

There is no bush, in the bosquet del apache, only birds... But that make fantastic pix, surely.

Audrey said...

magnifique photo !

vincibene said...

Fantastic picture! I love the colours!

Genie Robinson said...

The birds featured there against the backdrop of a beautiful sky and lovely calm waters make for such a wonderful capture. It looks like a painting. genie

Taken For Granted said...

The Bosque is an amazing place and a joy to visit. I shot lots of photos there, but few that carried the wonderfulness of this place. Thanks for the post.