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Bosque del Apache, Snow Geese Fly-out

Bosque del Apache is a winter migration destination for thousands of Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese and many other species. In early December, I headed down to Socorro, New Mexico, so that I could attempt to make some images of the birds. I visited this pond each morning to make some still images of the cranes and geese. On the final morning, I only captured videos of these birds.

Both species spend the nights in the ponds to evade predators. After dawn, cranes and geese fly out to feed in nearby fields. Sandhill Cranes typically depart from the ponds in family groups of two to four birds. Snow Geese typically depart as one huge flock. When the geese take out, they sound like a jet plane at takeoff.

This video was the first project that I made using Final Cut Pro. The original video clips were recorded at 4k with a Fuji X-T2. This video took 6 to 8 hours to make while I was learning Final Cut, with lots of mistakes!

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