Birding in Texas

Article and Photography
by George Hosek

Much of my bird photography comes from the coast. I live in Manvel so it's just a short thirty minute drive to Galveston, Freeport, Surfside and other coastal locations.

From Galveston, I like head east across the ferry to Bolivar Flats and other birding hotspots like Rollover Pass, High Island, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, and Smith Point. The east end of Galveston is also a good for bird photography.

From Surfside and Freeport, I usually try Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, the beach and marshes around the bays or the rookeries of Christmas Bay. Oh, and Brazos Bend State Park is hard to beat for shear numbers and diversity.

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, like 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.

George Hosek



Picture of Great Blue Herons
Great Blue Herons


Picture of Cormorant
Cormorant Preening

Picture of Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Picture of Tri-Colored Herons
Tri-Colored Herons

Picture of Geese

Picture of Great Egret
Great Egret Reflection

Picture of Black Skimmer

Picture of Cormorant

Image of Great Egret, Anahuac Sunrise
Great Egret Sunrise

Picture of Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

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