more from New Mexico

We found some more birds during that first trip to the Bosque del Apache… what a great place it is to discover new ones!

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This guy is called a Black-necked Stilt. I wonder why?

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They are a lot of fun to watch.Bosque_del_Apache-7248

Not sure if this one is a Greater or Lesser Yellowlegs. I’m going with Lesser.

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This American Avocet posed nicely for me.

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A comparison of size for the Stilt and Yellowlegs

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A little Vermillion Flycatcher female. We had to wait for the second visit to catch the male in all of his scarlet (or vermillion) finery. Then the female became very elusive.

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An American Kestrel (female). We have these at home, but they never sit still enough for a portrait.

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Canada Geese trailed by a batch of goslings.

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I’m assuming that’s dad kind of laid back behind the family.

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I think this pair probably thought they were camouflaged.

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Speaking of camouflaged… there was more than just birds to be seen, but this deer wasn’t posing.

This sequence was rather fun. There’s the first shot of the Phoebe, but it flew away. Luckily it came back to the same spot with the bug it had snagged. It looked like it was even showing off the bug in its beak for me.

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Even a Cattle Egret showed up.Bosque_del_Apache-7352

Stepping out for a better hunting spot.

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And about then, we decided to call it a day. There’s nothing quite like them desert skies.

The world is a wonderfully weird place, consensual reality is significantly flawed, no institution can be trusted, certainty is a mirage, security a delusion, and the tyranny of the dull mind forever threatens — but our lives are not as limited as we think they are, all things are possible, laughter is holier than piety, freedom is sweeter than fame, and in the end it’s love and love alone that really matters. 
Tom Robbins

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33 thoughts on “more from New Mexico

  1. Enchanting post, Gunta. It’s so true, the quote, love and freedom and laughter, so golden. And all your birds here are lovely. The vermilion flycatcher, what a treat, and the shorebirds and black phoebe, the geese family. I found the American Avocet in breeding plumage especially dazzling. Bosque del Apache is a magical place, how very fortunate that you got to visit here. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    • Still trying to find time to finish up the other visit to BdA, though I did get sidetracked with the floral shots today. They were just way too tempting. Frankly, I find all the birds dazzling… being such a newbie at spotting and learning to identify them. I count myself very lucky indeed to have visited such places. Very much my pleasure sharing with such an appreciative ‘audience’. 😀

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  2. What sweet sightings and captures. I can’t get over the long legs on the birds in your first few shots! And that sky is a beautiful end to the day!

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  3. I.am.so.jealous. Avocets and stilts! I’ve wanted to see them for so long. Great luck and great photos! I love phoebes, too, they have a sweet song (at least in the east they do).

    Could your Snowy egret be a Cattle egret?

    Lovely parting shot and quote, Gunta.

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    • There were quite a few avocets and stilts there. Eric was pretty stoked at seeing the stilts. I didn’t get quite as excited since there have been so many of these birds that are totally new to me, but I’ll admit that those stilts are pretty dammed cool!

      BTW. I do believe you’re right. That IS a cattle egret (another new one for me). We encountered the snowy on the next visit and I just lumped the two together. Good catch! Thanks.

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    • What a wonderful place it was with so many birds willing to put up with being photographed. Tom Robbins is a pretty smart guy and funny, too! A desert with mountains seems to almost guarantee some pretty spectacular skies.

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    • Oh no! This is one thing I’m not very patient with at all. There were just so many opportunities at this wildlife sanctuary that I couldn’t hardly miss!

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    • It seemed like they were far more interesting in feeding and for the most part we didn’t even get out of the car. It seems to work as a sort of blind or they’re habituated at vehicles driving around.

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    • It’s a birder paradise. And to think this first visit was in midday. Photographing the birds was a whole lot easier when the birds don’t spook as easily as they seem to here at home. It didn’t hurt to have Eric spotting and identifying them.

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