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Texas Bird Photo Tour

Rio Grande Valley – Jays & more

3 days in the Ranch

Tour Information

South Texas is truly a paradise for birdwatchers. Rio Grande Valley offers unmatched photography opportunities to both serious and amateur bird photographers. During the 3-day tour, we visit a family-owned ranch north of Edinburg, Texas. We spend our days shooting from multiple hides and target various species from the valley that are both residents and migrants.
This speciality ranch hides are designed for photographers by photographers. During our Texas bird photo tour we spend time in multiple professional below-ground photo blinds designed to capture the beautiful morning and evening light. These specialized hides also place us at eye level with the wildlife and add desirable warm creamy backgrounds that bring focus to your subject. The professional below-ground photography blinds have been designed with watering holes to put the photographer comfortably in the right position as the wildlife comes to feed and drink from each location. There are two morning blinds and two evening blinds as well as a raptor blind to keep up busy while at this location.
This family owned private ranch contains 700 acres of pristine brush land.

BASIC INFORMATION

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Medical

Please consult with your doctor regarding general travel vaccinations and check the CDC website for more information.

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Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase trip insurance that includes trip cancellation and medical coverage while overseas.

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Internet Access

Most lodges have free WIFI in the reception/dining area.

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Electricity

Electrical outlets are US-style. Those coming from Europe or Asia may need travel adapters. We will send more info after signup.

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Flight

McAllen International Airport must be your arrival and departure airport

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Certified

All of our services are conducted by fully licensed travel, lodge, and transport operators. This is part of our commitment to providing a professional travel experience.

Cost (In USD)


1. $2000 per person

Tour Dates


Main Tour – Maximum 6 - 8 people per group.
1. May 18 - 20, 2021 (Now Open)

Tour Specifics


1. Easy/Moderate walking/Most activity is at the feeders
2. Intermediate Photographers
3. Land Photography
4. Non-Photographers / Birdwatchers: Accepted, discounted costs. Save $500

Tour Motive

Our well planned bird photography tour in South Texas Ranch is designed to get the best of what the morning and evening light has to offer. The expert guided session in photography blinds will enable us to photograph the colorful South Texas birds with pleasing backgrounds in-flight or while perched along with the visiting Raptors.

Photo Opportunities
  • Opportunity to photograph the Green Jay, Northern Bobwhite Quail, Crested Caracara, Curve-Billed Thrasher and more.
  • Guided photography with expert local guidance to make the best images of the target species and more.
  • Specialized hide photography opportunity to learn and gain experience on how the photograph techniques are used.
Suggested Equipments

It is recommended that each participant bring the following equipment:

  • A digital SLR and your longest telephoto lens preferably 300mm or more
  • A sturdy tripod or monopod
  • You may also bring your flash with a flash bracket
  • Pack a ton of memory cards

Tour Pace


Easy
All the photography session will be done at the feeders and hides.

ITINERARY

Day 0

This tour is a 3 day/6 session photography feast.
Arrive in Edinburg, Texas and check in to our respective hotels for the night before the tour starts the next morning.

 

Day 1-3

Meet at the Ranch at 6am and our expert guide will introduce you to location and the activities for the next 3 days. With expert guidance, we will ensure that you enjoy and spend the next 6 session exploring the best shots of the birds in flight and the raptors in their habitat.
Each day we will enjoy a midday break, heading into the local city of Edinburg to have lunch and rest a bit before we go back out for the afternoon session.
Our tour ends after Day 3 evening session.

 

Day 4

Departure.

 

Day 0:
This tour is a 3 day/6 session photography feast.
Arrive in Edinburg, Texas and check in to our respective hotels for the night before the tour starts the next morning.

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Day 1-3:
Meet at the Ranch at 6am and our expert guide will introduce you to location and the activities for the next 3 days. With expert guidance, we will ensure that you enjoy and spend the next 6 session exploring the best shots of the birds in flight and the raptors in their habitat.
Each day we will enjoy a midday break, heading into the local city of Edinburg to have lunch and rest a bit before we go back out for the afternoon session.
Our tour ends after Day 3 evening session.

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Day 4:
Departure

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Tour Motive


Our well planned bird photography tour in South Texas Ranch is designed to get the best of what the morning and evening light has to offer. The expert guided session in photography blinds will enable us to photograph the colorful South Texas birds with pleasing backgrounds in-flight or while perched along with the visiting Raptors.

Photo Opportunities

  • Opportunity to photograph the Green Jay, Northern Bobwhite Quail, Crested Caracara, Curve-Billed Thrasher and more.
  • Guided photography with expert local guidance to make the best images of the target species and more.
  • Specialized hide photography opportunity to learn and gain experience on how the photograph techniques are used.

Cost (In USD)


1. $2000 per person

TOUR DATES


Main Tour – Maximum 6 - 8 people per group.
1. May 18 - 20, 2021 (Now Open)

Tour Specifics:

1. Easy/Moderate walking/Most activity is at the feeders
2. Intermediate Photographers
3. Land Photography
4. Non-Photographers/Birdwatchers: Accepted, discounted costs. Save $500

Tour Pace


Easy
All the photography session will be done at the feeders and hides.

Photo Gallery

Suggested Equipments

It is recommended that each participant bring the following equipment:

  • A digital SLR and your longest telephoto lens preferably 300mm or more
  • A sturdy tripod or monopod
  • You may also bring your flash with a flash bracket
  • Pack a ton of memory cards

Click on the link below for some questions you may have:

TOUR RELATED GENERAL FAQS

Testimonials

My Fiancé and I have gone on multiple trips with Tropical Photo Tours(Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru)! Each workshop has been amazing and different from the last. We would highly recommend to any serious photographers or birdwatchers. The tour leaders help get you in front of your target birds and are willing to help with photography techniques if needed.

Matthew Kusiak

A very professional outfit catering to the needs of wildlife photographer community. Supreet is an amazing tour leader. He keeps needs of the clients in mind. I remember many a times that he offered his spot to me so that I could get a better shot of the bird. Highly recommended!

Jaideep Padhye

I have been several tours with Tropical Photo tours and Supreet starting with Texas bird photo tour and then Ecuador photo tour and Costa Rica photo tour, I have already booked two tours in 2020 as well.
They make sure you are taken to the bed of locations and also since Supreet is an amazing photographer himself he make sure that you would make amazing images with lovely perches and background.
So if you are looking to visit anywhere in South America you should check them out!

Suraj Ramamurthy

Tour Leader

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Supreet Sahoo An avid birdwatcher and photographer from Austin, U.S.

Supreet's work has been featured in reputed publications like the BBC Earth, National Geographic Spain and Sanctuary Asia.

Click on the link below for some questions you may have:

TOUR RELATED GENERAL FAQS

  • A 'non-refundable' deposit of USD 1000 of the Tour fee as booking amount
  • The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour
  • All figures per person
  • Failure to make payments within this timeline could result in tour cancellation
  • Guide and Photography Skipper services
  • Entrance fees for all described activities.
  • Taxes on all services listed above.
  • Stainless steel flask for water and water.
  • Use of blinds, bait, and feed.
  • Non-mealtime snacks or meals not included.
  • Non-mealtime soft drinks
  • International/personal airfare
  • Lodging and meals.
  • Car rental.
  • Phone calls
  • Laundry
  • Tips
  • Cost of hospitalization and evacuation, if necessary

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Registration

  • To register for the tour, fill out and submit the form below. A 'NON-REFUNDABLE' deposit of USD 1000 per person of the tour cost is required to confirm your spot.
  • The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour
  • All figures per person. Failure to make payments within this timeline could result in TOUR CANCELLATION

Payment can be completed by credit card/PayPal or bank transfer. If you would like to mail a check, that option is available as well
Please read all the Terms & Conditions for cancellation/refund policies and other important information.

Tour Registration Form - Texas
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Registering for One Person or More? *
Total Advanced Deposit

Please mail your check or send money order payable to
''Tropical Photo Tours LLC'' within 10 days to :

2414 Elkhorn Ranch Rd,
Leander, Texas – USA 78641
If you wish us to invoice you, please contact us at:
Email: info@tropicalphototours.com

NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, deposits are non-refundable. Please read the payment and cancellation policy terms for details.

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  • NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, deposits are non-refundable. Please read the payment and cancellation policy terms for details.
  • Please note that a service fee of 3.5% is applicable on payments made through Paypal or Credit card.
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Book Your Tour With Us In 6 Easy Steps

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1. Confirm your spot for the tour by paying the advance using the registration form.

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2. Receive an acknowledgement email from us confirming your booking along with a welcome package and forms.

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3. Book your international travel

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4. Send us your travel details along with the signed package.

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5. We will send you a final invoice along with some more important pre-travel details.

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6. Make your full payment and pack your bags for the best Tropical experience.

form

1. Confirm your spot for the tour by paying the advance using the registration form.

mail

2. Receive an acknowledgement email from us confirming your booking along with a welcome package and forms.

travel

3. Book your international travel.

information

4. Send us your travel details along with the signed package.

money

5. We will send you a final invoice along with some more important pre-travel details.

rucksack

6. Make your full payment and pack your bags for the best Tropical experience.

FAQs

Important Note

  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all travelers
  • Tropical Photo Tours holds the rights to modify a reservation at any time during a workshop. As a company, we always try to comply with what we have promised but due to several unforeseeable circumstances such as weather, natural calamity, political, environmental, cultural we may have to make changes to our reservations.
  • All amounts are in USD unless specifically mentioned otherwise

Email us at info@tropicalphototours.com or call us at +1-512-803-8049/512-806-6469 if you’d like to talk first.

Tour Leader

supreet-sahoo-tpt

Supreet Sahoo An avid birdwatcher and photographer from Austin, U.S.

Supreet's work has been featured in reputed publications like the BBC Earth, National Geographic Spain and Sanctuary Asia.

Testimonials

My Fiancé and I have gone on multiple trips with Tropical Photo Tours(Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru)! Each workshop has been amazing and different from the last. We would highly recommend to any serious photographers or birdwatchers. The tour leaders help get you in front of your target birds and are willing to help with photography techniques if needed.

Matthew Kusiak

A very professional outfit catering to the needs of wildlife photographer community. Supreet is an amazing tour leader. He keeps needs of the clients in mind. I remember many a times that he offered his spot to me so that I could get a better shot of the bird. Highly recommended!

Jaideep Padhye

I have been several tours with Tropical Photo tours and Supreet starting with Texas bird photo tour and then Ecuador photo tour and Costa Rica photo tour, I have already booked two tours in 2020 as well.
They make sure you are taken to the bed of locations and also since Supreet is an amazing photographer himself he make sure that you would make amazing images with lovely perches and background.
So if you are looking to visit anywhere in South America you should check them out!

Suraj Ramamurthy

Our aim is to make bird and wildlife photography accessible to everyone! Come join us on our next adventure in the rainforests.

Contact Us > or call us at
+1-512-803-8049 / 512-806-6469 if you’d like to talk first.

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9:00 AM–6:00 PM

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About Us

​Since our inception, we have curated unique Bird Photography tours, customized Photography Travel Tours and fun-filled photography sessions in over 5 countries!
Tropical Photo Tours LLC is a US Based photography tour company helping birders from all over the world visit and experience the rainforest birding and photography.

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2414 Elkhorn Ranch Rd, Leander, Texas – USA 78641

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