Autumn Flight in Bosque

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D300
State/Province/Region
New Mexico
Nearest Area
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Town
Socorro, NM
Brief Directions

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).

Notes

F 10, 1/500 sec, ISO 800, 340 mm

Description

After many years of going to Bosque del Apache to photograph the winter migrating birds, I decided to concentrate on the unusually large number of snow geese, which were around 40,000 this particular year. I wanted an image that showed the huge concentration of birds. The trick is determining which direction they will take off based on the wind direction, and pre-positioning yourself to capture the optimal flight angle, where the birds are flying across the scene. The goal of this image was to capture the flock of snow geese in the autumn setting. In order to achieve this, I had to place the tree in the foreground, otherwise the birds would completely obscure the tree. It was particularly difficult to find a setting where all these elements came together.

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Date Added
November 24, 2021
Date Taken
November 19, 2021