November 24 - 30, 2018
7 days / 5 days photography

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Join us for a 5 day photography expedition to the Rio Grande Valley, Texas for an opportunity to photograph, bobcats, whitetail deer and birds (both predatory and song birds), and other RGV wildlife. This is a one of kind itinerary designed for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. 

The Rio Grande Valley is one of the most biologically diverse areas in North America. It sits along the border between Texas and Mexico, where the Rio Grande winds its way toward the Gulf of Mexico. The Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) encompasses no fewer than 11 different types of habitat, including tidal wetlands and riparian forest...and this is where we live. 

This variety has led to a wealth of biodiversity; the region is home to more than 1,200 different species of plants, 500 species of birds (including 40 species found nowhere else in North America), 200 vertebrate species and roughly 300 species of butterflies. Several rare, threatened and endangered species call this region home, including the ocelot, jaguarundi and the burrowing owl. 

Trip Itinerary;
Day 1 (Nov. 24) - We pick you up from the Mcallen International Airport (MFE), and take you to your hotel, to relax prep cameras and get ready for the morning shoot. We will pick you up at 6PM for dinner (not included in price). to discuss the plans for the morning. These are long full days of shooting. Easy short treks, but long days. (Sun up to sun down.)

Day 2 thru 4 (Nov. 25-27 )- We pick you up at 6:30 AM and drive to Bensten State Park to begin our morning wait for a chance to photograph wild bobcats stalking birds. While we wait, we will have an opportunity to photograph Valley specialty birds, (such as Altamira oriole, whitetipped doves, plain chacalacas, great kiskadees, golden fronted woodpeckers, Audubon's oriole, olive sparrows).  If our bobcat is a no-show, we will visit one of the other blinds in search of wild peccary to photograph.

Sometimes, the bobcat shows up in the early morning, hunts, then is gone for the day. If we have time after our bobcat shoot, we will visit one of the other wildlife refuges to potentially photograph more Valley specials, such as; green and ringed kingfishers, neotropic cormorants, tri-colored herons, as well as other wetland birds.

At noon we will break for lunch, and begin our trek (two hour drive) to Port Mansfield for an opportunity to photograph rutting white-tailed deer. This time of year is during peak breeding season, so the bucks are at their best and very much in fighting moods.We may also visit a few birding hot spots on the way up to try and photograph the rare, burrowing owls or sandhill cranes. 

After sunset we break for dinner and return you to your hotel. 

Day 5 (Nov. 28) - You will check out of your hotel and we pick you up at 5:30AM for an overnight stay at Santa Clara Ranch house (dbl Occ. Only). Here we will spend full days photographing from the bird blinds. In the morning we will visit the predator bird blinds for an opportunity to photograph crested caracaras, turkey vultures, Harris hawks and potentially white-tailed hawks. 

In the afternoon we break for lunch, then visit the song bird blinds for a chance to photograph species such as bobwhite quail, pharoluxia, northern cardinals, greenjays, white-tipped doves, Audubon orioles, road runners, rattle snakes, javalinas, jackrabbits etc. We will also spend sometime trying to find bobcats and coyotes. 

Tonite we will treat you to a homemade South Texas Barbecue dinner (Eli is cooking). After dinner, we sit down for a photo workshop and trade ideas for the morning shoot. Our lodgings for this evening will be the Santa Clara ranch house, giving us a unique opportunity to stay late at the blinds to see what kind of wildlife will show up to say hi.

Day 6 (Nov. 29) - We spend the entire morning at the blinds seeking out wildlife that visit the water hole. We will leave in the late afternoon and drive back to Mcallen to check you into your hotel to clean up and prep for your journey home in the morning.

Dinner at 8PM for our final night out. 

Day 7 (Nov. 30) - We return you to the airport for your journey home. 

Let us know you're interested in joining us.

Send us an email, ask us some questions, give us a call, (956) 279-8119. Or we can skype, or whatsapp with you. We would love to chat with you about this trip...

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Audubon's oriole

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