Up Bosque del Apache Slideshow

On Sunday December 6, 2009 Kerry and I travelled to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, about 80 miles south of Albuquerque to check out the birds that come for the winter. Most common are the Grey Herons and Canadian Snow Geese. When we got to the visitor center I knew I was way out of my league - I saw a camera lens that was at least 3 feet long being pulled out of one fellows car. We went shooting anyway. By day’s end it was pretty obvious that people who shoot birds do so with enduring patience, really big camouflaged lenses, and even bigger tripods. On this first attempt at shooting wildlife I learned a great deal. I now know that the birds stay far away which is why one needs a really big lens. I also know that staying later in the day is key. When the sun starts to dip towards the horizon the light gets really nice. About an hour before sunset the birds light up with amazing clarity so long as you are shooting to the east. Patience is something I have never really had much of. Perhaps I can learn a thing or two from these birds. In a few of our shots we actually managed to get the birds face in to focus. We threw out a most of our shots but then that’s the beauty of shooting digital. Here are the few that we felt were worth posting.
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