Bosque del Apache and Cranes

For years I’ve wanted to photograph Sandhill Cranes. Even looked into the blinds you can rent from an organization in Nebraska when the cranes head to their breeding grounds. The drill for these blinds is the organization people take you into the blind after sundown and they come get you the next day after sundown. From accounts, you can’t leave the blind unless it is an emergency. The blinds are reported to be very cold and cramped. A couple of folks I asked said the openings to photograph out of were not real conducive to longish lens.

So when I read some of Arthur Morris’s articles and saw his images from Bosque years ago, I decided that some day I would go there and photograph cranes. As most of you know, Paul Fisher and I made the journey and tried to wear out our cameras photographing cranes,snow geese, ducks, harriers,javelina and Rio Grande turkeys.

A photographer by the name of Jim Palmer ( gave us some information of where the cranes would be and some places we could set up to capture them feeding and flying. Paul and I found a place along the flight line and it became our go to place. We nick named it “The Beach” due to the sandy soil where we pulled off the main road. From this vantage point we photographed cranes until we thought we were “craned” out. Looking back on the images as I work through them, it just makes me want to go back and try some different settings and different vantage points etc.

Here is a small sample.

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6 thoughts on “Bosque del Apache and Cranes

  1. Hi, Bill and Paul, As great a pleasure as it was to meet you guys at Bosque, it’s even better to see some of your pictures. Bosque del Apache is a special place for us. Your photos are exceptional, as we might expect from a friend of Nancy Parker’s. Have more great journeys and burn lots of pixels.
    Tina Broderson & Tom Cotter
    Littleton, Colorado

    • Hi guys
      Thanks for your kind words.
      Paul and I truly enjoyed meeting you both. Seems like we were always running into each other at the various places on the refuge.
      Paul and I hope to burn a lot more pixels before we hang up the cameras.
      Nancy let me know that y’all “tattled” on us.
      If nothing else, I know there is at least one person I know that has office painting experience LOL.

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