SOUTH TEXAS BIRDS Photo Tour ~ 2019

June 1-5, 2019

South Texas Birds in Focus Photo Tour with Jeff Parker

For frame-filling photos and smooth & clean backgrounds, South Texas — & its photo ranches — is how you do it!  And my “South Texas Birds in Focus Photo Tour” gets you up-close & personal with a diverse group of birds.

This South Texas Photo Tour includes two (2) unique destinations, both privately-owned photo-ranches, specially-created for & by wildlife photographers: the Santa Clara Ranch and Laguna Seca Photo Ranch.

As a native Texan I know the South Texas Brush Country well. I spent lots of my youth there. This is one of my favorite tours to lead because, while this area doesn’t offer much in the way of shootable landscapes, it simply bursts with wildlife!

Our main targets will be birds, but other animals frequent the blinds at the photo ranches, too, including Mexican ground squirrels, javelina, snakes, frogs, lizards, armadillos, the occasional bobcat, deer, & cottontails.

Wildlife photographers from throughout the world consider South Texas a top destination for capturing amazing images and the owners of the privately-owned venues on our itinerary understand bird & wildlife photography & your needs.

I’ll be there with you as your personal guide & tutor, to make sure you get the shots you’re after.   Count on me to help you understand better what you need to tweak & adjust to get better shots throughout the tour.

During the middle of the day, we’ll focus on reviewing & critiquing images so we can problem-solve so that you can adjust for any issues before we head out again to shoot. 

This all inclusive, 4-night photo tour has space for just six (6) photographers.


  • Eight (8) photo-shoots
  • My one-on-one assistance, instruction, & guidance throughout your tour
  • Image review & critique
  • Private ranch access & fees
  • Meals, snacks, & non-alcoholic drinks from Saturday night, June 1st through breakfast on Wednesday morning, June 5th.
  • Four (4) nights lodging (double-occupancy*; air-conditioned; with Wi-Fi Internet).

*NOTE:   For an additional cost, single occupancy is available for the final night of the tour; unfortunately, it is not possible to offer single supplement the first three (3) nights.

Does NOT Include:

Transportation to, from, or during tour (we’ll rely on carpooling as necessary), alcoholic beverages, laundry service, and tips (optional).

Expect ops to photograph these south-Texas specialties:

• Painted Buntings
• Crested Caracaras
• Harris’s Hawks
• Green Jays
• Golden-Fronted Woodpeckers
• Greater Roadrunners
• Great Kiskadees
• Northern Cardinals
• Pyrrhuloxias
• Curve-billed Thrashers
• Bronzed Cowbirds
• Black-throated Sparrows
• White-winged Doves
• Inca Doves
• Lesser Goldfinch
• Cottontail rabbits
• Black-tailed jackrabbits
• Javelina
• Mexican ground squirrels
• …and more!

Get rid of preconceptions when taking photos

Join me for this all-inclusive “South Texas Birds Photo Tour ~ 2019” during which we’ll photograph at two different renowned Lower Rio Grande Valley locations.

The proprietors of the venues we’ll visit have created sanctuaries for both wildlife and photographers. These sweet spots include photogenic watering holes, active feeding stations, & specially crafted photo-blinds.

Suggested Equipment:

Wondering what sort of photography equipment you might need on a trip like this? Here’s the EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST (PDF) I send out with other info to those who register. NOTE: If you have any questions about the minimum lenses, etc. that will get you though, don’t hesitate to ask!

Getting There:

The airport closest to our photo tour destinations is McAllen-Miller International Airport (MFE / KMFE). The airport is about 36 miles from our first photo ranch & about 20 miles from our second ranch.

LODGING – If you need to stay an extra night before the tour begins, McAllen & Edinburg — both about 36-miles away — have lots of choices.

Or stay in Rio Grande City — 27-miles from our first ranch.

After the tour ends, if you want to stay an extra night your best bet is finding something in Edinburg.

If you don’t mind driving just a bit farther we highly recommend the Alamo Inn in Alamo, Texas. This one-of-a-kind hotel is in a really neat old building. The Alamo is a favorite place of birders, nature photographers & others who come to this region to appreciate its wildlife.

Do not hesitate to ask if you’re wondering what else you — and your lenses — might want to do while you’re in the South Texas region. I know this region VERY well and there’s a lot to photograph here, even when not on one of our two great ranches!


  • DATE:   June 1 ~ June 5, 2019
  • SPACE FOR:  Six (6) 
  • PRICE:  $2295.00
  • DEPOSIT:  $500.00
  • FINAL PAYMENT DUE:   60 days before start of tour

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South Texas Birds Photo Tour