The Dragon Wagon

The Dragon Wagon
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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Bosque del Apache November 2020 - Part 6

More groups of foraging Snow Geese

A Javelina scurrying across the road

A couple of Sandhill Cranes

We usually see Bufflehead Ducks, but usually in small groups of 1-4.
This is one of the largest collections of Buffleheads we've seen.

Canada Geese flying by

A Great Blue Heron in a pretty setting

Last sunlight at the Flight Deck

Northern Harrier and the nearly full moon

Sandhill Cranes after sunset

Bosque del Apache November 2020 - Part 5

Immature (left) and adult (right) Sandhill Cranes

We usually spot Bald Eagles around the refuge.
We finally saw this adult far out in the Flight Deck Pond.

This strong dust devil crossed the refuge road right in front of us.

We came upon another "squadron" of Javelina.

This time we spotted a mother Javelina with two very young babies.

Snow Geese feeding in a field

This Hooded Merganser was having trouble swallowing a fish

Lots of male Red-winged Blackbirds in this flock

Bosque del Apache November 2020 - Part 4

Crane feeding in the corn

Not the prettiest landing, but it works

More Snow Geese in flight

Another huge flock of blackbirds, possibly startled by a raptor

We were amazed at how tolerant the birds seemed having a coyote close by.

We came across a large "squadron" of a couple dozen Javelina (aka Collared Peccary)

Another sunset crane image

Bosque del Apache November 2020 - Part 3

 This coyote's coloration is well suited to this environment.

We usually see Great Blue Herons.

A pair of cranes

Snow Geese flying over

A large and dense flock of blackbirds

Cranes in late afternoon light


People on the Flight Deck waiting for the cranes


Cranes returning to the pond for the night

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Bosque del Apache November 2020 - Part 2

 Salt Cedar (also called Tamarisk) is an invasive plant problem along the Rio Grande River, including within the refuge.  It has been an ongoing project to try to eradicate it as much as possible inside the refuge to encourage the growth of native plant communities.

We usually see Northern Harriers hunting at the refuge, but their flight habits make it difficult to get good photo opportunities.

A Mule Deer doe resting under the trees

Telephoto compression makes this look like a "duck-eating crane"

"Bird-on-a-stick" (Say's Phoebe)

Western Grebe

Cranes flying in late afternoon light

Cranes returning to the Flight Deck Pond for the night