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Birds Watching at Bosque Del Apache 2019

Changde Wu    2020-02-05


Bosque Del Apache national wildlife refuge is such an amazing place for watching winter Sandhill cranes. Each winter, thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese flock to this vast area for wintering. This is because of multiple ponds that rarely frozen during winter and a vast crop land that provides the food for birds. Cranes and snow geese land in the water each evening and take off for food each morning. We spent two days over this places during our family 2019 year end southwestern US trip. The photos highlights the actions of cranes and snow geese.


(1) Morning Taking Off

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P1 Snow geese taking off water area around sunrise
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P2 Snow geese assembled in water and ready to take off
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P3 Snow geese were taking off
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P4 The last group of snow geese at the time of sunrise
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P5 Snow geese in another pond at the time of sunrise
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P6 Snow geese taking off from another pond
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P7 The small group of Sandhill cranes were preparing taking off after the leave of snow geese
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P8 Sandhill cranes (on right) and Canadian geese (on left) in early morning
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P9 A crane just took off
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P10 One cranes group were leaving the water
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P11 Another cranes group were leaving the water
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P12 One group of cranes flying after leaving the water

(2) Evening Landing

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P13 Snow geese were flying back to water at dusk
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P14 The sunset behind a pond
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P15 There are many ponds inside the wildlife drive. This is one of them cranes land for night.
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P16 Cranes were landing to the water for night

(3) Action

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P21 Cranes in crop land
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P22 Cranes in another crop land
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P23 Cranes and other birds in wet land
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P24 Two coyotes were enjoying crane's meat
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Recovered Photos for Spring 2018