November 9, 2013 Bosque del Apache NWR

Mule deer at sunrise
Mule deer at sunrise

Drove right past the roosting ponds again this morning and headed out to the alfalfa fields just past the “ Farm Deck “ hoping to get some overhead flight shots of the sandhills heading out to feed.

Mule deer at sunrise
Mule deer at sunrise
Mule deer at sunrise
Mule deer at sunrise

 

 

 

 

 

As I got out of the car to get set up, I spotted some mule deer coming up the bank and looking to cross the road to get to the alfalfa fields. At this early morning hour the sun was just breaking the horizon behind me and and shafts of sunlight between the tree branches just magically lit the deer for just one brief moment.

Sandhill crane in flight
Sandhill crane in flight
Sandhill cranes in flight at sunrise
Sandhill crane

 

 

 

 

 

 

While there is a noticeable daily increase in the number of cranes and geese arriving, unfortunately there seems to be a corresponding increase in the number of people also. My afternoon session turned out to be a complete waste of time as the dust stirred up by the greatly increased traffic on the dry gravel roads resembled a desert sand storm by 4 PM today. A plume of dust 30 feet high extended out into the fields a good 100 feet or more, making photography absolutely impossible. Hopefully, this is just a weekend thing and the traffic will die down during the week.

Sandhill crane in flight at sunrise
Sandhill crane in flight at sunrise
Sandhill cranes in flight at sunrise
Sandhill cranes in flight at sunrise