This past weekend Bosque Bill and I decided to attend a photo workshop at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. After leaving for Socorro at 5:30 a.m. in the bitter cold, we met at the crane pools for some early morning photos. There was still quite a bit of snow on the ground from the previous week’s storm.
We toured around the refuge as a group, using the opportunity to take some photos of birds …
… and wildlife.
During our classroom instruction we were excited to learn that Matt Mitchell was going to bring his two Harris Hawks out for us to photograph in the afternoon. The hawks were beautiful.
The birds very obligingly perched on low bushes …
… and flew toward us.
I guess you can never predict where a hawk will land.
After a lovely afternoon with Matt Mitchell and his Harris Hawks, we returned to the crane pools to watch the cranes fly in …
… and enjoy the sunset.
It was another magical day at Bosque del Apache