Bald Eagles, Bighorn Sheep and Waterfowl, Rio Gr. del Norte National Mon., NM


I continue to go out most afternoons, first driving upstream along the Racecourse section of the Rio Grande, then taking a left at Pilar, and driving through the Orilla Verde Recreation Area to Taos Junction Bridge. And, sometimes I’ll cross the bridge and drive up the dirt road to the rim of the gorge. I drive the latter in hopes of spotting the herd of bighorns that frequent the area.

This afternoon (1-18-17) I photographed an eagle sitting on a basalt boulder, across the river and a good ways up the far slope. Then I ran into the bighorns, spread out along a slope on the uphill side of the road.

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Bighorn youngster

Bighorn youngster

Bighorn rams

Bighorn rams

Bighorn fram I've photographed before, recognizable by the battered ends of his horns

Bighorn ram I’ve photographed before, recognizable by the battered ends of his horns

Here are two eagle photos from the 15th of the month.

Bald eagle, in a perch closer to the road than usualOrilla Verde

Bald eagle, in a perch closer to the road than usual, Orilla Verde

Bald eagle pair, across from thew Rio Bravo campground

Bald eagle pair, across from the Rio Bravo campground, Orilla Verde

This eagle was photographed along the Racecourse, perching in a juniper snag.

Bald eagle, Racecourse section, Rio Grande, NM

Bald eagle, Racecourse section, Rio Grande, NM, 1-2-17

Bighorns on the far slope, above the river

Bighorns on the far slope, above the river, 1-14-17

Bufflehead male in the company of female goldeneyes, 1-6-17

Bufflehead male in the company of female goldeneyes, 1-6-17

Canada geese and goldeneye male

Canada geese and goldeneye male, 1-2-17

Gadwall, 1-9-17. Note the beautiful patterning of the breast feathers

Gadwall, 1-9-17. From a distance, the gadwall is a drab duck, but notice the beautiful patterning of the breast and flank feathers.

Every day brings the opportunity to see the “usual culprits”, and who knows what else? What I get to see is completely a function of the time I spend out there.

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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One Response to Bald Eagles, Bighorn Sheep and Waterfowl, Rio Gr. del Norte National Mon., NM

  1. Britt Runyon says:

    Tack Sharp………….

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