South Texas Birds Photo Tour ~ 2019 ~ Explore in Focus™


June 1 – 5, 2019
For frame-filling photos & smooth, clean backgrounds the photo ranches of South Texas are how you do it! During Jeff Parker's South Texas Birds Photo Tour ~ 2019!

For frame-filling photos and smooth, clean backgrounds, the photo ranches of South Texas are how you do it! My “South Texas Birds in Focus Photo Tour” gets you up-close & personal so you take home awesome images.

Your South Texas Birds Photo Tour ~ 2019 includes shoots at two (2) unique destinations, both privately-owned & specially-created for & by wildlife photographers: the renowned Santa Clara Ranch and Laguna Seca Photo Ranch.

Limited to six (6) ~   ONE (1) spot left

As a native Texan I know the South Texas Brush Country well. I spent lots of my youth there. 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 to make sure you get the shots you’re after.   Count on me to help you understand better what you need to tweak and/or adjust to get better shots throughout the tour. Count on me to create the right set ups so you can create keepers.

During the middle of the day, I’m at your service to review & critique images so that we can target anything that might be getting in your way of great shots.

Mary O. will spoil us with her delicious cooking, including organic and healthy fare, plus treats for those of you who have a sweet tooth like me!

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

South Texas Birds in Focus photo tour with / © Jeff Parker


  • How to get smooth, clean backgrounds
  • How to do bird photography set-ups
  • Tips on capturing bird behavior with your lens
  • The best position for you as the image-maker
  • The ins & outs of what makes a good wildlife photograph

A note about instruction on my photo tours:
Since skills levels vary so much on photo tours, I tailor my teaching to individual needs.  Please do not be shy about telling me what you need.

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  • 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 – Three (3) at double-occupancy* & the final night (1) at single-occupancy, air-conditioned; with Wi-Fi Internet.

*NOTE:   Single occupancy is only available for the final night of the tour; unfortunately, it is not possible to offer single supplement the first three (3) nights. The lodge at Santa Clara Ranch only has four rooms. But at no additional cost you will receive a room to yourself the last night of the tour when we stay in a hotel.

South Texas Birds in Focus photo tour with / © Jeff Parker


Transportation to, from, or during tour, alcoholic beverages, laundry service & tips.

Expect ops to photograph these south-Texas specialties:

• Painted Buntings
• Crested Caracaras
• Harris’s Hawks
• Green Jays
• Golden-Fronted Woodpeckers
• Greater Roadrunners
• Bewick’s Wren
• Great Kiskadees
• Northern Cardinals
• Pyrrhuloxias
• Curve-billed Thrashers
• Olive Sparrow
• Bronzed Cowbirds
• Black-throated Sparrows
• Swainsons Thrush
• White-winged Doves
• Common Ground Doves
• Mourning Doves
• Lesser Goldfinch
• Cottontail rabbits
• Armadillos (Check out this thirsty armadillo!)
• Black-tailed jackrabbits
• Javelina
• Mexican ground squirrels
• …and more!

South Texas Birds in Focus photo tour with / © Jeff Parker

Join me for this all-inclusive (double-occupancy) “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 to registrants. NOTE: If you have any questions about the minimum lenses, etc. that will get you though, don’t hesitate to ask!

South Texas Birds in Focus photo tour with / © Jeff Parker

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. There are several car rental options at the airport.

Our first photo ranch is about a 45-minute drive from the McAllen Airport. Please plan to arrive at the between 3:00 and 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 1st so you can get unpacked in time to head out for our first evening photo shoot. (But not before 3:00 pm please.)

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

After the tour ends, if you want to stay an extra night your best bet is finding something in Edinburg. We will be staying our last night at the Hilton Garden Inn in McAllen so you may want to book there.

The tour ends at approximately 10:30 am on Wednesday morning, June 5th.

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 & South Texas Birds in Focus photo tour with / © Jeff Parkerothers 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 do & see here, even when not on one of the region’s photo ranches!


  • DATE:   June 1 ~ June 5, 2019
  • SPACE FOR:  Six (6) ~   ONE (1) spot left
  • PRICE:  $2295.00   ~ ALL-INCLUSIVE (Three (3) nights at double-occupancy + One (1) night at single-occupancy)
  • DEPOSIT:  $500.00
  • FINAL PAYMENT DUE:   60 days before start of tour

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