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This trip usually lasts five days and four nights and is best run from November through January and usually starts and ends at the Albuquerque Airport.

 

When I started doing bird photography I kept hearing stories about this place in New Mexico that was simply amazing.  The stories I heard seemed too good to be true and though I did see lots of beautiful photos of the place I kept putting off a visit.  It took me several years to get there but when I eventually did, it exceeded my expectations and I ended up going back twice that same year.

 

While the refuge has achieved legendary status, it isn’t the only show in town.  Within an hour of the refuge there are reservoirs and mountains offering chances to see many species of birds beyond the Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese and waterfowl that make Bosque famous.  Some of the birds we will be on the lookout for include Phainopepla, Pyrrhuloxia, Scaled Quail, Gambel’s Quail, Green-tailed Towhee, Brewer’s Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Sagebrush Sparrow, Verdin, Crissal Thrasher, Clark’s Grebe, Western Grebe, Greater Roadrunner, Ferruginous Hawk, Merlin, Sage Thrasher, Western Bluebird, Pine Siskin, Townsend’s Solitaire, Juniper Titmouse, Pinyon Jay, Northern Flicker (red-shafted), Bald Eagle and more.

 

This trip is an excellent opportunity to enhance your photography skills while having a lot of fun.  

The cost of the trip is $1200/person for double occupancy, for a private room there will be an additional fee of $180.  This cost includes transportation starting from and ending at the Albuquerque Airport and all transportation in New Mexico.  It also includes all lodging and entrance fees.  Guests will be responsible for their own food.

The trip can be run with as few as two and as many as six.