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 8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, 400 mm
I have photographed birds at Bosque del Apache several times. My mid-day strategy is to scout the ponds to find out where the Sandhill Cranes are coming to land. I position myself upwind from the birds to capture their landings. These cooperative birds flew right past the fall foliage along the pond.