A few images from a trip to Bosque del Apache NWR this past January. The sad part of spending time at Bosque in the winter is that, while it is still chilly in the early morning, days warm into the 50s and 60s. A little skim ice forms on the edges of the ponds but winter? That seems a thing of the past. Even so, the great part of visiting Bosque is the show never ends.
Of the thousands of light geese (Snow or Ross’s) that winter at the Bosque, a few end up feeding some of the others that live there. Ravens are almost always the first on the scene.
It doesn’t take long for others to arrive for a potential meal. Sometimes it’s a Bald Eagle or a coyote or two.
Wind kept the carcass slowly moving down the pond. We left so the coyotes could retrieve what the ravens left. A little later we returned to discover they had recovered it and moved into some brush. Looked like the family showed up to get their share, maybe 5 or 6, so that share was pretty small.
It isn’t all about death and scavenging. There is beauty all around and interesting behaviors to watch.
A small herd of Javelina foraged through the grounds around the AirBnB we were staying at, near San Antonio New Mexico, so not at the refuge.