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, 1/2500 sec, ISO 800, 220 mm
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. I wanted to capture Sandhill Cranes against the interesting cloud backdrop. In order to keep the landscape out of the picture, and keep the birds low in the sky, I stood on top of my pickup camper to gain a high vantage point. From this perch, I was able to capture the image I envisioned.