New Mexico
Photographing the Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese of Bosque del Apache
Come to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to observe stunning species in their natural habitats and join an expert nature photographer to learn how to take the perfect shot.
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Program No. 19339RJ
5 days
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Getting There
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At a Glance

Hone your photography skills in the heart of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Learn in the field from an expert nature photographer how to capture elusive species on camera and study the etiquette followed by true enthusiasts. From the best spots, observe Sandhill Cranes, Ross’ Geese and other waterfowl as they “fly out” at sunrise and “fly in” at sunset. Personalized instruction on an array of photo techniques and equipment enhances opportunities to snap shots of Bald Eagles, porcupines, coyotes and herds of elk.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walk one mile daily with camera and gear. Van transfers throughout. Cold, windy weather during sunrise/sunset photo shoots. Elevations of 4,500-6,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Benefit from “on the go” critiques by renowned nature photographer Robert Winslow.
  • Use early morning and evening light to capture memorable wildlife shots, including the unforgettable sunset "fly in" and dawn "fly out."
  • Witness "puffs" of thousands of Snow Geese rising into the air, sometimes within yards of you.

General Notes

Digital camera, memory cards, extra batteries required; tripod, laptop recommended. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Tim Banks
Tim Banks graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s in wildlife biology and a master’s in outdoor recreation. He served for many years as a police officer, retiring in 2006 as the Chief of Police of the University of Wyoming. Since retirement, Tim has pursued his love for birding and natural history. He served as president of the Laramie chapter of the Audubon Society for many years, and has conducted birding and ecology surveys for the Wyoming Fish and Game Department.
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Tim Banks
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Drew Carlson

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