Birding in Texas

A lot of my bird photography comes from the coast, since I live in Manvel it’s just a short thirty minute drive to Galveston. From there, I like to go east across the ferry to some of the best birding spots in the nation such as Bolivar Flats, Rollover Pass, High Island, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, and Smith Point.

The East end of Galveston Island is also an excellent spot. Fall is a great time of year in Texas as thousands of Ducks, Geese, Cranes, Shorebirds (and the Raptors that prey on them) converge. They use these places as migratory pit stops on their way to destinations further south, such as the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, from there many continue their journey deep into the heart of Mexico and South America.

Spring is also a very good time of year for birding in Texas, the colonial wading birds head for their breeding grounds on the small islands that dot the coastal bays.

The entire Texas coast has much to offer anytime of year and I’m glad that I live close enough to take advantage of the many wonderful birding and photographic opportunities

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