The birds of the Bosque must be clicked or they fly away, so do it quick.
I took this picture of Sandhill cranes flying by the campground I'm staying at.
I decided that I would show some pictures of the Bosque before I Inundated everybody with pictures of birds.
I drove to the Bosque about 7:30 this morning, but I was too late to see the mass Snow Geese "lift off" because they get up earlier than I do, so I will have to try again.
When that failed, I just drove to another Lake where there were some Sandhill Cranes, and set up housekeeping right next to the lake and started taking pictures.
It sure is great living in the Lance right next to where all the subjects of my pictures are. I can take photos for a while, then go inside and make a cup of coffee, eat some breakfast, then go outside and take some more pictures. Having my home everywhere I go is fantastic, but I still need to get used to it, how to use it properly, and all the benefits it gives me.
Under ordinary circumstances, I wouldn't have wanted to boondock amongst the pecan trees because of all the shade on my solar panels for parts of the day. But since I spend all day in the sun at the Bosque, keeping the batteries charged is not an issue.
I bent one of my normal rules yesterday of traveling on a weekend by driving here on a Saturday. And the reason I made that a rule is if I break down, it's harder to get vehicles repaired on a weekend. It, of course, can be done, but a weekend complicates everything.
But with some winds coming up for the next few days, it would be best to get out of Las Vegas, New Mexico, and get down to Socorro, where the weather is warmer, and the winds weren't predicted to be as bad.
Before I inundate everyone with way too many bird pictures, I will take some photos of the Bosque Del Apache area so it's easier to visualize where I am, and what I'm doing... Since I seldom know where I am and what I'm doing.
In case you're wondering what Bosque Del Apache means, it's "Woodland of the Apache"
One of the several lakes at the Bosque.
The Lance next to a Lake.
There are numerous dirt roads that go through the Bosque each having a different habitat.
Reflections of the Bosque.
Camper vans, and truck campers appear to be the most common way of getting around in the Bosque. This truck camper isn't mine... It's a nice one.
The world-famous yet somewhat rickety wooden "flight deck" has been torn down and replaced with this concrete thing.
Many a world-famous Pro wildlife photographer has trod the wooden flight deck, and many a cover of National Geographic has stood witness to this fact.
But now the ramshackle wooden flight deck is gone. If the old wooden flight deck had accidentally collapsed half the famous wildlife photographers in the country would have been dumped unceremoniously into the murky waters of Snow Goose Lake and possibly been eaten by the ravenous Sandhill Cranes... Not that I would have a problem with that since I was never allowed to stand on this hallowed ground anyway.