Photographer’s Lens

December, 2020

  • 30 December

    Photographing oryx in New Mexico

    Wildlife photographers will find an interesting variety of large mammals in New Mexico. Spend enough time in the field and you will find that each species comes with its own set of challenges. One of the most rewarding and often frustrating to photograph are oryx, also known as gemsbok. These …

July, 2020

  • 29 July

    Mexican poppies bloom in the south

    If you’re planning a visit to southern New Mexico this spring, you may be lucky enough to see the foothills of the San Andres mountains blanketed in orange. That’s the vibrant color of the Mexican poppy, an annual wildflower that can seemingly cover an area in certain years. Why don’t …

May, 2020

  • 28 May

    Pronghorn of New Mexico’s High Plains

    Pronghorn are among my favorite animals to photograph. There are some characteristics and habits that make them a very desirable subject to both professional and hobbyist photographers. Unlike deer and elk, they can likely be spotted at any time of day, offering more opportunities for successful photos. They are, however, …

January, 2020

  • 28 January

    Department’s pond provides habitat for a variety of birds

    Through the fall and early weeks of winter, Mark Watson, terrestrial habitat specialist with the Department of Game and Fish, spent some time observing and photographing birds in and around the pond at the Department of Game and Fish headquarters in Santa Fe. The pond was repaired and refilled during …

December, 2019

  • 23 December

    A rare glimpse: Persian ibex in the Floridas

    The Department conducts an annual aerial helicopter survey for Persian ibex in the Florida Mountains outside of Deming. I was initially prompted to take photos of ibex during our survey because of their ability to outmaneuver the helicopter while literally running across a sheer cliff.  Ideally, when we survey big …

October, 2019

  • 28 October

    Photographing Lesser Prairie Chickens in Southeastern New Mexico

    Lesser prairie-chickens are a “lekking” species, where the males will congregate on a “lek” to attract females for breeding. Males will inflate the air sacs in their necks to make a sound that can be heard up to one mile away. The males will defend territories on the lek in …

June, 2019

  • 13 June

    Bald eagles of the Four Corners

    Soaring over Navajo Lake.

    The Four Corners area is an often overlooked spot for wildlife viewing and photography. People are surprised by the variety and amount of animals that call this area home, spend part of the year or pass through on their migration. Having worked in the area for the past 20 years, …