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PIC OF THE WEEK: 12/24/12 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2012 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Snow Goose

(Chen caerulescens)

Where: Socorro County, NM • Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)

Notes: I have rarely had a better chance to capture such a variety of Snow Goose flight shots than at New Mexico's Bosque Del Apache NWR. The word Bosque means "woods". Just standing next to over a quarter-million of these eight to ten pound birds, all sitting on one small lake, is a pretty exciting event in itself. Then when a large group of them "blast-off" into the air it is a whole different atmosphere. Sooner or later the large flock settles back down, but not after circling around for a bit. Eventually they crossover into a position where the light is favorable. For the best photography scenario, the wind and sunlight should be coming from the same direction. This only happened a couple of times, for a few minutes each time during my week long visit. With those perfect conditions and a few birds coming in for a landing, it made for a great opportunity to catch a few otherwise difficult shots.

Small Bird Photo 1

Small Bird Photo 2

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Hand Held

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/8000 second • Aperture = f-8 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~40 Feet • Date Shot: 12-11-12

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