Rio Grande Wildlife and Landscapes, Jan/Feb 2017


All but three of these photos were taken in and around the Orilla Verde Recreation Area of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, located upstream of Pilar, NM. The Racecourse stretch of the Rio Grande is immediately downstream of Pilar (bald eagle photo) and Embudo (merganser female and downy woodpecker photos), where my wife Kathy and myself live, is 10 miles downstream of Pilar. The herd of bighorns I most often photograph is found in the vicinity of Taos Junction Bridge (6 miles upstream of Pilar), and the road that climbs from the bridge to the western rim of the gorge. Today (2-23-17) was the first occasion that I saw nesting activity amongst the Canada geese, who prefer to nest on grassy islands. All of the ducks seen here are winter visitors. Photos were taken with a Nikon Coolpix P900 superzoom camera.

Belted kingfisher, Oriila Verde Recreation Area

Belted kingfisher female, Orilla Verde Recreation Area

Downy woodpecker, Embudo

Downy woodpecker, Embudo

Canada geese, Orilla Verde Recreation Area

Canada geese, Orilla Verde Recreation Area

Canada goose pair taking up residence on  an island in the Rio Grande

Canada goose pair taking up residence on an island in the Rio Grande

Canada goose pair taking up residence on  an island in the Rio Grande

Another Canada goose pair taking up residence on an island in the Rio Grande

Bighorn ewe

Bighorn ewe

Vallecito Mountain

Vallecito Mountain and Rio Grande Gorge

Basalt cliff

Basalt cliff, Rio Grande Gorge

Bighorn herd on the east side of the gorge

Bighorn herd on the east side of the Rio Grande, in the canyon of Taos Creek

Bighorn ewe

Bighorn ewe

Sculpted boulders, Taos Creek

Sculpted and polished boulders, Taos Creek

Bald eagle

Bald eagle, Racecourse stretch

Bald eagles

Bald eagles, Orilla Verde

Bald eagles

Bald eagles, Orilla Verde

Bufflehead male with Goldeneye females

Bufflehead male with Goldeneye females

Gadwall

Gadwall

Goldeneye females

Goldeneye females

Goldeneye females

Goldeneye females

Merganser pair

Merganser pair

Merganser female

Merganser female, Embudo

Vallecito Mountain

Frosted peaks. Pueblo Peak (right), Vallecito Mountain (left) and Rio Grande Gorge

Vallecito Mountain

Vallecito Mountain and Rio Grande Gorge

Bighorn ewe

Bighorn ewe

Bighorn ewe

Bighorn ewe

Bighorn ram

Bighorn ram – the one I call Mr. Tough Guy

Bighorn ram

Same bighorn ram

Bighorn rams

Bighorn rams

Coyote

Coyote

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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