Bosque can be a bit overwhelming from a photography perspective and it is very easy to get caught up taking multiple images of the same subject. There is so much more to Bosque including other species of birds, the landscape itself and lots of opportunity to experiment with how you actually photograph your subjects. The Bosque is also home to over 32,000 Snow Geese and Ross Geese, dozens of Bald Eagles and Goldens, Great Blue Herons, occasional Pelicans, Avocets, and many, many other birds. This beautiful refuge is also home to small herds of Mule Deer and families of Coyotes.
One of my personal goals was to capture motion blurs of the massive numbers of geese as they took flight. While sharp images can be just as interesting, I have found that motion blurs tend to convey the movement and the mayhem as thousands of geese erupt into the sky! I also found this was a wonderful alternative either during low light when pushing up the ISO introduced too much noise into the image (for my liking), or when light became too bright whereby I lowered my ISO to the minimum, stopped down my aperture to the smallest opening and also used my exposure compensation if my image needed less exposure. So in essence, you can shoot throughout most of the day just by using a little imagination:)
The image here was captured by zooming in on the birds and panning to follow their movement. Camera and settings were as follows:
AF-S Nikkor 200mm - 500mm ED VR
f/32 @ 1/30s / ISO 50
|Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) & Ross Geese (Chen rossii)|