monte vista wildlife refuge

by Mary Beth

This past weekend we went to the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge.  We wanted to go to the Bosque del Apache but noticed the dwindling numbers of cranes on various birdwatching sights, so we researched Monte Vista and the Sandhill Cranes stop at the refuge to refuel before they continue up North.

We were blown away, it was not like anything we have ever experienced, truly amazing. Birds were just pouring in from every direction and the mountains in the background were stunning.  We at times were laughing because there was so much going on in every direction that I was spinning around with my camera shooting like crazy.  The sound that filled the air was insane.  It’s hard to imagine this is all going on just 2 1/2 hours away from where we live!

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sunset

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sunrise

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sunrise

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pair of great horned owls

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great horned owl

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sunset

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morning

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bald eagle

There is a Monte Vista Crane Festival in March to celebrate the cranes arrival.  Not one for crowds we picked a good weekend to go, very few people were around.

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