Bosque del Apache
NWR, New Mexico
Mid-November at Bosque del
Apache NWR in Socorro, New
Mexico, is a digiscoper’s paradise.
The landscape and scenery are a
stunning backdrop for capturing
images of the charismatic wildlife
that inhabits the refuge. And what
an abundance of wildlife there
is! Another factor that makes the
Bosque my favorite place to digiscope is the quality of light and
how it complements the landscape.
The wildlife loop on the refuge is
an excellent way to cover a lot of
ground, helping digiscopers easily find the perfect blend of prime
habitat, wildlife, and lighting. A
November afternoon at Bosque del
Apache is the digiscoper’s equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel.
State Park, Utah
Ben Lizdas is sales manager for
I love digiscoping in Utah, especially in Antelope Island State Park
because it offers a variety of western birds and mammals in a breathtaking landscape. The road to the
island allows you to safely digiscope shorebirds and gulls. Once on
the island, the surrounding mountains and sage provide a warm desert palette to use as a background
for western meadowlarks, lark
sparrows, black-billed magpies,
and burrowing owls. Many of the
birds are comfortable with vehicles.
Using a window-mount tripod
for your scope, your car makes a
comfortable photo blind, especially
during biting-insect season. Do
use caution while driving, because
quite a few antelope and bison use
the roads too.
Sharon Stiteler writes about her
bird-watching adventures on her