Serious wildlife and bird photographers both agree, Bosque Del Apache is a bucket list destination.  Whats interesting, they keep coming back for more.  There are not many locations in the US where you can experience so much in such little time.  The ability to photograph thousands of birds in one flock that will take off and land several times throughout the day is endless. We will bring our clients to the right locations at the right times to ensure they get multiple opportunities to capture specific bird behaviors.  We will also search for other photography opportunities, especially tracking and photographing the diverse raptor and bird populations throughout the park.  We will take full advantage of the amazing lighting in the mornings and evenings while leveraging both wide angle and zoom lenses to capture both the dynamics of the flock, small group engagements, or isolation of single subjects. 

Each year there is a Festival of the Cranes, the weekend before Thanksgiving.  This is a crowded event that adds major competition to the photography spots as well as adds severe vehicle traffic. That is why we chose to get there well before the crowds in mid-November. This gives our clients a huge advantage to engage the massive collection of birds with little to no pressure.  

Tom is an expert at photographing wildlife across North America, Africa, Canada, and Alaska.  He shares his expertise and photography skills with a passionate and simplified approach. If you have been searching for a trip to capture an enormous amount of birds, with photography support while having everything taken care of, don't miss this amazing opportunity


Objectives for the Trip:

  • Create a learning environment where we get both you and your camera ready for the many types of wildlife and nature photography opportunities we will experience. There will be several working sessions in the field to help you improve your photography skills and practice anticipating and reacting to both animals and the environment in which you are shooting.  
  • Visit locations that place our photographers in the best viewing areas to capture animals in their natural habitat; including Birds, Deer, Javelina, and many other animals as presented. Our focus will be early mornings and late afternoons in locations that give our clients the best chance to photograph at designated, safe distances.
  • We are authorized park permittees in all government regulated locations we visit, this includes National Parks and Wildlife Refuges.  Be careful booking any trip with travel companies that cannot provide proper documentation, it can end your trip very quickly. 


Important Details

Weather:  Avg. day temps: Low 60’s. Evening temps and Early Morning temps: Low 30’s.


Clothing:  Winter Coats, Dress in Layers, Beanies, Gloves, Hiking type Boots. 


Equipment: DSLR or Mirrorless Camera, Wide Angle and Zoom Lenses. Tripod, Monopod, protective case to store your equipment. Bring enough Memory and back-up batteries to last a full day of shooting, it is not uncommon to shoot over a 1000 photos a day on our trips. Always bring weather proofing protection for your camera and lens. Optional, ND filters to freeze water or achieve specific effects to landscape photos. If you plan on photographing stars, please bring your own headlamp and flashlight. If you have any questions about equipment, please call us.


Activities: We will be driving to several locations. Hiking on this trip is scheduled to be mild, all hikes below 1/2 mile, mostly on flat ground.  


Meals: We will be eating breakfast at the hotel, local establishment or on the road.  Lunches at a local establishment or picnic.  Dinners will be at a local restaurant that has a variety of options.  If you have a specific meal requirement, please let us know on the registration form. 


Lodging: Will be located in Socorro, Alburquerque 


Safety: Your guides are certified in First Aid and CPR.  We also carry a Satellite phone as many locations we venture into have unreliable to no cell service.  We follow all rules, regulations, and laws in all locations we visit.  This helps keep you and the wildlife safe while preserving the beautiful nature around us for the next generation to experience. Bear Spray is carried by both guides at all times when in the park. If you would like to carry your own bear spray, this is optional. Tripod Travelers has a no Firearm Policy, guides and clients are not authorized to carry personal firearms at any time.

Bosque Del Apache Nov. 11 - Nov. 16 2020

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  • Trip Highlights

    Dates: Nov 11th – Nov 16th,  2020
    Origin: Nov 11th: Alurquerque Airport, arrive before 6P
    Departure: Nov 16th: Alburquerque Airport, departures after 1p
    Total Photographers: 6
    Ground Transportation: 10 Person Van or Similar Vehicle. 
    Hotel Cities: Socorro, New Mexico
    Photography Subjects: Wildlife and Landscape
    Key Learnings: Capturing Wildlife, Subjects in Motion, Composition, Landscapes, Exposure, Shutter Speeds, Aperture, ISO, Depth of Field, Histogram, Raw vs. JPEG, Camera Settings, Presets, Post Processing, and more.

    Nov 11: Arrive in Albuquerque, NM before 6pm

    We collect all clients and transfer from Albuquerque airport.  Welcome Dinner and orientation.

    Nov 12: Bosque Del Apache

    Photograph and explore from sunrise to sunset.  Breaks for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 

    Nov 13: – Bosque Del Apache
    Photograph and explore from sunrise to sunset.  Breaks for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. 

    Nov 14: Bosque Del Apache
    Photograph and explore from sunrise to sunset.  Breaks for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. 

    Nov 15: Bosque Del Apache
    Photograph and explore from sunrise to sunset.  Breaks for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. 

    Nov 16: Departure, Transfer back to Albuquerque Airport
    Departures after 1p

    A more detailed itinerary will be forwarded after booking

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