South Texas with Jeff Parker

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

This South Texas Birds Photo Tour includes shoots at two (2) unique destinations, both privately-owned 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!

South Texas for the Wildlife Photographer by Jeff Parker

Painted bunting by Jeff Parker

Painted bunting by Jeff Parker

Images and text by Jeff Parker

The desolate landscape of the South Texas Brush Country doesn’t look like much, but the biodiversity makes it one of North America’s best places for wildlife photography. It definitely ranks high on my list!

Scientists classify South Texas as a “semi-arid, sub-tropical” region. The result? Lots of wildlife! That includes a large number of bird species living at the far northern edges of their ranges.

Many—e.g. Kiskadee, Green Jay, Audubon’s Oriole, Couch’s Kingbird—are known as “South Texas Specialties.” And spring migration dramatically boosts the number of photogenic subjects that fly your way. By the end of April the summer breeders, such as Painted Buntings, Varied Buntings, and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers have arrived.

The best photography occurs when the animals grow hot and thirsty and flock to water to drink and cool off. Painted Buntings, in particular, really like their baths! This makes late-May and June prime photography time in the South Texas Brush Country.  Continue reading