Bosque del Apache Sunrise

f2.8 @ 1/2500s, ISO:1250, Nikon D3S w 300mm

"Bosque del Apache," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Some 377 species of birds have been observed on the refuge since 1940. The wetlands attract the huge flocks of wintering cranes and geese that are the refuge's most interesting feature. Many other species—notably waterfowl, shorebirds, and birds of prey—also winter in the refuge. Striking vagrants such as a Groove-billed Ani have been found there. In the Chihuahuan desert terrain outside of the Rio Grande riparian zone, the refuge also hosts three federally designated Wilderness areas (Chupadera, Little San Pascual, and Indian Well).
Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico