Thursday, 14 December, 2006
The Pintail gets it's name from the long 'pin' like feathers on it's tail.
The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is 57,000 acres of land and is considered one of the premiere refuges in the U.S. It is on the northern edge of the Chihuahuan desert in New Mexico (about 90 miles south of Albuquerque), along the Rio Grande River. 'The heart of the Refuge is about 12,900 acres of moist bottomlands--3,800 acres are active floodplain of the Rio Grande and 9,100 acres are areas where water is diverted to create extensive wetlands, farmlands, and riparian forests. The rest of Bosque del Apache NWR is made up of arid foothills and mesas, which rise to the Chupadera Mountains on the west and the San Pascual Mountains on the east. Most of these desert lands are preserved as wilderness areas.' (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
(Photo info: Sony A100, iso 200, Sigma 170-500 lens at 500 mm, f/6.3, 1/1600 sec, tripod with Wimbereley head), New Mexico, December 1, 2006
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Bosque del Apache