Bosque del Apache and White Sands with Daniel J. Cox

It’s time for a winter break—join Daniel to photograph in Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, one of the top birding hotspots in North America! Winter is the best time to photograph the thousands of sandhill cranes, snow geese, and various ducks that migrate through the area. Endless photo opportunities in this world-famous wildlife refuge make it the perfect destination to enhance your photography skills.

We will sneak away to White Sands National Monument for an evening and morning shoot of these beautiful white dunes. Relax… Transfers, touring, meals, hotel, and one-on-one time with Dan in the field are all included. A perfect long weekend getaway!

“Bosque Wildlife” at Bosque del Apache NWR with Sandy Zelasko and Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

Situated along the Rio Grande River, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge covers more than 57,000 acres and is a major wintering ground for cranes and waterfowl. Refuge personnel manage the water levels of its wetlands and impoundments to simulate what was once the seasonal flow of water from the Rio Grande before the river was damned and the flow altered. To feed the huge number of birds visiting the refuge each year, nearby fields are planted with corn, winter wheat, millet, and other grains. Loop roads transect the refuge marshes and fields and provide prime sites for wildlife viewing and photography. Species that may be seen include shovelers, buffleheads, pintails, teal and other ducks; bald and golden eagles; kestrels and other hawks; turkey; meadowlarks; quail; roadrunners; coyotes; mule deer; and more. In November, large flocks of snow geese and sandhill cranes will be present. At night to escape predators, the birds flock to the marshes and shallow pools. With dawn, the snow geese and other waterfowl rise in mass from the wetlands and sweep overhead on their way to nearby fields to feed. Each day we will spend the early morning and late afternoon hours at the refuge photographing birds and many other species of wildlife which are present at the sanctuary.

Bosque del Apache NWR with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto and Sandy Zelasko

Co-Leaders: Irene Hinke-Sacilotto & Sandy Zelasko:
Along the Rio Grande River, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge covers more than 57,000 acres and is a major wintering ground for cranes and waterfowl. To feed the huge number of birds visiting the refuge each year, nearby fields are planted with corn, wheat, millet, and other grains. Loop roads transect the refuge marshes and fields and provide prime sites for wildlife photography. Species that may be seen include shovelers, buffleheads, pintails, teal and other ducks, eagles, hawks, turkey, meadowlarks, quail, roadrunners, coyotes, mule deer, and more.

In late November and early December, thousands of snow geese and sandhill cranes will be present on the refuge. From the wetlands where they spend the night, at dawn the geese and other waterfowl rise in-mass and sweep overhead on their way to feed in field in a must-see spectacle. Each day we will arrive at the refuge at dawn to photograph this event plus local wildlife. After a short mid-day break, we will return and continue photographing until sundown. Includes two experienced leaders who have scouted this year’s best photo locations prior to your arrival, an orientation PowerPoint presentation, one-on-one instruction in the field, and a critique of images for on-site feedback. To register, contact Sandy Zelasko with Sandra Lee Photography, Phone: 760-749-2174

NANPA Weekly Wow: May 29 – June 4

Sandhill Crane sunrise over frozen pond, Bosque New Mexico © Stan Bysshe

Sandhill Crane sunrise over frozen pond, Bosque New Mexico © Stan Bysshe

Each week www.nanpa.org highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the 2017 NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

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