Texas Hill Country Bird Photography
The Texas Hill Country provides habitat for hundreds of species of birds. Some are year-round residents while others are seasonal migrants that pass through in spring and fall. We will be visiting the most southern portion of the Hill Country, where green jays are at their most northern border of their range. The private ranch we will utilize has been set up specifically for bird photographers and covers 240 acres of land. With more than 125 species of birds recorded on the property we will have a wide variety of potential subjects. The blinds will shade us from the sun and are positioned to take advantage of the best light in the morning and evening. Curated natural habitat provides an ideal photography situation when the birds do arrive. With the scenery staged for photographers and working from a blind, this is the perfect environment to practice your bird photography skills and try some new ones. We work on aspects such as in-camera composition, birds in flight, and reading the light. Spring promises to be aflutter with activity so come join me as we capture beautiful images of native Texas birds in native Texas habitat!
Meetup Location -
La Lomita Photography Ranch – 3 miles to the west of Uvalde on Hwy 90
Recommended Camera Gear
- DSLR or Mirrorless Camera Body(s)
- Super Telephoto Lens - 500mm or longer, if bringing a prime, also bring a variable telephoto like a 200-500mm or 100-400mm
- Batteries (Plenty), Battery Charger(s), Memory Cards (You can never have too many)
- Tripod with ball or gimbal head
- Ground pod for low/ground work
About the instructor
Alyce Bender is a nature photographer, writer, educator, and adventurer. Camera in hand since childhood, her fascination for photography developed into a career after serving in the U.S. Air Force. Her passion for wildlife and the natural environment compels her to connect others with nature through sharing both visual art and in-field experiences that promote conservation, creativity, and ethical photography.
She is a Tamron USA Ambassador, contributing writer and photographer for the Journal of Wildlife Photography, and her work has been featured in group and solo gallery shows across the US as well as in international publications from the UK to Japan. Bender leads photography adventures around the world to help beginner through advanced photographers explore and expand their personal vision and naturalist skills ethically. When not in the field, she offers a variety of educational programs both in person and virtually for photography organizations large and small.
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Class & Event Cancellations
Tier 3: Excursions
Full refunds (less a $75 fee) will be issued to students who cancel at least 30 days prior to an excursion. Refunds will not be issued to cancellation requests made within 30 days of the start of an excursion unless the spot can be filled. If your spot is filled you will receive a full refund (less a $75 fee). If you do not show up for an excursion, your registration will be forfeited and you will not be permitted a refund of any amount or to reschedule.
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