This morning I got up VERY early to go check out the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. I discovered when I got there that I should have gotten up even earlier! I stopped at the Visitor's Center to pick up a map and when I came out to the car all these MAJOR "birders" with all their photography equipment were RUNNING with their cameras, BIG lenses, and tripods. I asked a straggler where they were going and he said, pointing up in a tree (with reverence in his voice, I might add) "A Merlin!" In my ignorance, I thought it looked like a normal hawk, but tonight I came home and discovered that a Merlin is a type of falcon. So now I know.
Anyway, about my fellow birders....let's just say -- I had no idea.... I'm being so educated. Now, on to my incredible morning among the wildlife -- it made my heart soar!
This is Merlin
There is a thin layer of ice on the water and there was definitely ice in the air!
Sandhill Crane in Flight
Harris' Hawk landing
Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese
Bottoms-Up! Haha! These ducks made me laugh. It was obviously feeding time.