BOSQUE del APACHE Photo Tour ~ 2017

December 1 ~ 4, 2017

Bosque del Apache Photo Tour with Jeff Parker

Join me for my “Bosque del Apache Photo Tour” in December 2017 to photograph the thousands of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes congregating at the refuge in winter in awe-inspiring abundance. Yes! — there’s a reason this breathtaking national wildlife refuge is famous worldwide with nature photographers and wildlife lovers!

Bosque del Apache is one of my favorite locations and I know it well. I’ll get you to the right places at the right time so you –and your images– fully benefit from the non-stop action taking place amidst the gorgeous mountain desert landscape.

This trip offers lots of chances to perfect your flight photography skills and also lots of chances to “play” with the effects lighting has on images. Though, honestly, this spot offers such beauty that you might forget all you know — or want to know — to just grin and stare (the sunrises, especially, will take your breath away!).

Nearly 60,000 acres of restored wetlands bordering the Rio Grande provide multitudes of wintering birds with wintertime refuge. Other birds of note include: Gambel’s Quail, Pintails, American Widgeons, Mallards, Northern Harriers, Ross’s Goose, Canada Geese, Roadrunners, and –if lucky– Bald Eagles. In addition, we hope to spot the endangered Aplomado Falcon, a species first re-introduced to the region in 2006 following a successful captive-breeding program. We’ll also keep our eyes peeled for Mule Deer, Bobcats, and gorgeous, winter-coated Coyotes.

In addition to our photo shoots at the Refuge, we’ll enjoy an off-site night shoot at a unique and picturesque canyon in the region.  

We also do a mid-day shoot to focus on flight photography instruction.  (It also gives us a chance to capture images of a couple waterfowl species that we don’t see on the refuge.) 

  • Price is $695 for this 3-day, 4-evening Bosque del Apache Photo Tour.
  • Limited to six (6) participants.

Sandhill Crane takeoff at Bosque del Apache NWR

What does Jeff’s Bosque del Apache Photo Tour include?

  • Refuge entry fee
  • Snacks & hot beverages on-site during your cold morning shoots
  • Six (6) on-location photo shoots with Jeff’s hands-on guidance
  • Image-review (after tour if time during the tour doesn’t permit it)
  • A focus on flight photography instruction
  • Evening landscape shoot at another location (this shoot goes into darkness for starry skies)

What’s NOT included:

  • Food
  • Lodging
  • Transportation (we’ll carpool to and from photo shoots ~ Albuquerque is closest airport)

Sandhill Crane in flight in perfect morning light


Friday, December 1, 2017

Meet in Socorro, New Mexico on Friday evening for an orientation and get-acquainted dinner.

Saturday, December 2, 2017
Pre-dawn we’ll head to the refuge to get in position to catch the dramatic sunrise and awakening birds. This makes a great time to learn how to create great silhouette images. Mid-day we’ll do some duck photography with the focus on flight photography instruction. Come evening, we’ll head back to the refuge to take advantage of the golden light as it plays upon the mountaintops.

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Enjoy your second Bosque morning “blast-off” and another evening capturing vivid images at the refuge, perfecting your flight photography and command over light all the while. After lunch, we’ll shoot for some image review time. Come evening, we are refuge-bound once more.

Canyon near Socorro

Canyon near Socorro

Monday, December 4, 2017
Savor another pre-dawn at Bosque, as you anticipate the sunrise. Utilize your new and/or improved skills in flight photography as you capture more great images. After lunch we’ll get in some image review time for those interested. We’ll head out for our final photo shoot at a nearby canyon. We will shoot into the darkness for some night-sky photography. 


  • DATE: Friday evening, December 1, 2017 through Monday night, December 4, 2017
  • PRICE: $695.00
  • SPACE FOR: (6) SIX

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Sandhills Cranes preening with an interesting reflection.