From the north (Socorro, NM), drive south on I-25 to exit 139 (San Antonio), go east 0.25 miles on US 380 to the flashing signal at the village of San Antonio, turn right onto Old Highway 1, and drive south nine miles to the Visitor Center (on right).
F 11, 1/1000 sec, ISO 640, 550mm
I have photographed birds at Bosque del Apache several times. My main early morning strategy is to scout the fields and find out where the Sandhill Cranes are roosting for the night. I position myself upwind from the birds, and wait for the action to happen. It can be quite cold in the pre-dawn hours, waiting for the birds to take off. The cold wait can result in some very rewarding images.