I wanted to post these pics before they get too outdated! Just before New Year's I went to the Bosque del Apache wildlife refuge south of Soccoro, New Mexico (about 100 miles south of Albuquerque). Every winter thousands of sand hill cranes, snow geese, canadian geese and great blue herons winter over along the Rio Grande. They're a characteristic part of winter in Central New Mexico and every fall we wait to hear the sound of the cranes flying over to their winter home. The refuge is pretty amazing - thousands of birds in one place. The real drama comes at sundown when they all fly from where they've been feeding and find a spot in the ponds to spend the night. As the sun goes down the birds arrive en masse. Needless to say there are almost as many photographers there too! Many of whom have huge telephoto rigs (mostly Canon it seems). I was there with my humble 4/3 set up - EPL1/Epm1 with a 40-150 and other lenses. Im mostly interested in landscape, so that lens worked well for getting me some "color" from the birds, but mostly trying to capture the feel of the place. I hope these few shots convey something of the setting - its a really cool experience. The snow on the hills was a bonus too!