The Dragon Wagon

The Dragon Wagon
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Monday, January 31, 2011

Scenic Bosque del Apache

I'm just putting up a bunch of images that I hope will convey a sense of what the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is like and why we love visiting.














Sunday, January 23, 2011

More from Bosque del Apache

We are back home and I'm trying to get caught up with processing my images.

The official bird counts lists over 50,000 ducks at the refuge.  The cold weather caused them to mass together.  We saw many sights like this one.



We always enjoy a good "goose explosion" when for some reason, the majority of a large group of geese all suddenly launch into flight.




One morning most of the ponds had ice on them. When we first came on this scene, the juvenile bald eagle on the right was sitting by himself at a pile of snow goose feathers. Then the eagle on the left came to investigate. When the third eagle (above) came flying in, the second eagle completely lost his footing on the ice and ended up with his feet in the air.



This little fellow flew across the road in front of our Jeep, but landed in a bush near the road and was very accommodating in letting us take pictures.  I'm pretty sure that this is a Sharp-Shinned Hawk and not a Coopers Hawk.



It seemed like there were a lot more Canada Geese in the Refuge during this visit.



Just one of the many Snow Geese.  This one was caught flying in the late afternoon sunlight.



This Great Blue Heron let us take his portrait.



We often see pheasants in the refuge, but they are wary and hard to get a good shot of.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bosque del Apache - January 2011

We are back at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to start 2011.


We like the Bufflehead Ducks.



The colorful American Kestrel rarely sit still long enough for a picture.



This juvenile Bald Eagle was seen carrying its lunch.



"Am I not impressive?"



Gambel's Quail on lookout duty.



"Dang! I was seen."



Kestrel with attitude!



"Where's that darn roadrunner?"



The light was really too low for photography, but at least we saw some elk.



We always love the late afternoon light at Bosque del Apache.