Spring wasn’t slow arriving in south Texas…one week we were in the 30s and the next week temperatures shot all the way up into the mid-90s. Green leaves are popping out all over the place. All this warmth reminds me it is Photo Tour/Workshop season again. Next week, the North American Nature Photography Association will hold their annual Summit in McAllen and several of us locals will be leading short photo trips. In April, I will be doing workshops at FeatherFest in Galveston, then I’ll scoot back to south Texas for a Photo Tour on South Padre Island as migrating songbirds are arriving. Right after that, I will drive out west for the Hoak Ranch near Ozona, Texas. Then, it’s on to Caddo Lake in east Texas the first week of May.
Just to remind you of what you are missing, several photos from South Padre Island and Caddo Lake follow this little discussion. There is still plenty of room for South Padre Island and a spot or two remain open for Caddo Lake. That one may fill before the weekend is over, so zip me a note if you have been meaning to register. The FeatherFest workshops are full as is the Hoak Ranch Workshop. Nevertheless, you should let me know if you want to be on the waiting list. Someone could drop out at the last minute.
Remember to click on the upper right portion of a photo to open it in a larger, sharper format. From there, just keep clicking along to see all the photos as a slide show.
Black-bellied Plovers and Ruddy Turnstones will be moulting into their breeding plumage as they prepare to head north from South Padre in April and early May.
We will spend at least one day of the South Padre Island Photo Tour photographing along the shoreline and from the World Birding Center boardwalk.
The Caddo Lake Photo Tour is by pontoon boat which can quitely cover hundreds of acres during each of our 5 outings. The first bird we photographed last year was the Cedar Waxwing. The trip is timed to coincide with the arrival of north-bound migrating songbirds and the early part of their breeding activity.