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Up-Close and Personal with Texas Wildlife

March 10–14, 2023

South Texas is renowned as one of the best birding hotspots in the continental United States. More than 590 species of birds can be found in this environmentally diverse region, and many of these are not found anywhere else in the country. Our South Texas Wildlife workshop is designed to make the most of this stunning variety. The free-ranging wildlife comes to us as we photograph from comfortable custom-built blinds near attractive water features and natural food sources. This allows us to capture behaviors and interactions in the ideal light, at calibrated distances, and with photogenic backdrops. Our primary focus is birds, but we hope to photograph mammals as well, including deer, armadillo, peccaries, and—with luck!—bobcat.

Our setting for this workshop is a privately-owned 300-acre ranch that has been preserved under conservation easement. Photography is the only activity allowed on the ranch, so the wildlife is abundant and relaxed. There are a total of six blinds around the property: four in-ground for ground-dwelling critters and two that are elevated for raptor photography. We have exclusive use of the ranch during our time here, so you don’t have to worry about crowds or not being able to get in the perfect position for the shot.

We stay in the ranch’s private guesthouse, in private bedrooms with ensuite facilities and private bedrooms with shared facilities. There is plenty of space for dining and photo editing, and a projector and screen for our signature image reviews. The guesthouse is located only a few minutes from the blinds, so we can easily access them during great light! Meals are classic South Texas fare, prepared for us by our ranch chef. Vegetarian and gluten-free diets can be accommodated on request.

Our pro and guide is accompanied by an expert local guide and photographer familiar with the ranch. Together, they’ll make sure you receive unparalleled one-on-one attention in the field and during image reviews, and that you come home with vibrant, detailed, and intimate images.

Your Pro

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Location

Texas

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Tuition

$4,495

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Dates

March 10–14, 2023

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Fitness Level

Easy

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Availability

Open for Registration
Limited to 6 Guests

Itinerary

About the wildlife: This workshop offers significant opportunities for photographing wildlife, and while we do our best to maximize our wildlife encounters—based on past experiences, local knowledge, and the current conditions—we need to impress upon you that the wildlife really is wild and that we don’t control it.

This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.

March 10, 2023: Arrive at McAllen (MFE) Airport by 1:00 PM and make your own way to the Ranch. Rental cars are available at the airport, or we can help you to arrange a transfer. We will gather this afternoon for a brief orientation to the Ranch, followed by dinner. Afterwards, we will make sure everyone is comfortable with their gear and settings for the next three days. We will also have a presentation on wildlife photography composition and techniques.

March 11–13, 2023: We will spend these days photographing at the Ranch, making the most of weather conditions, wildlife visits, and time of day. We will select the ideal blind for the day’s conditions, and perches and feeding stations will be set up accordingly. Expect to be out very early in the morning and late into the afternoon photographing, with an early afternoon break for rest and downloading. Of course, we will be available in the field and during editing sessions for help and questions, and will also hold image reviews each evening. Autumn is a great time to be at the Ranch, and we will look forward to seeing and photographing an excellent variety of local and migratory wildlife.

March 14, 2023: We’ll have a last session in the blinds, followed by breakfast. The workshop concludes after breakfast, at which time you are free to make your own way back to McAllen Airport for departure flights after 1:00 PM.

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Fitness

Easy: There are short walks to shoot locations. You must be able to sit still in photo blind for a few hours.

Flights

Arrive McAllen Miller International Airport (MFE), McAllen, Texas before 1:00 PM on March 10, 2023. Flights out can be made after 1:00 PM on March 14, 2023.

What to Bring

Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.

What’s Included

  • Single occupancy lodging.
  • All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
  • All permits and park fees
  • All transportation during the workshop
  • Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from Kevin Lisota
  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction
  • Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Not Included

  • Travel to and from McAllen, Texas.
  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
  • Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
  • Anything else specifically not listed as included.

Payment Terms

  • Your deposit of $2,495 will hold your space in this workshop.
  • The balance is due not later than December 1, 2022.
  • All of our standard Terms and Conditions apply.
  • Need special payment arrangements? No problem, just ask us.

Testimonials

“I just finished up an amazing photography workshop with Muench Workshop. The lead photographers Wayne Suggs and Kevin Lisota were amazing in their guidance to composition in the field and setting as needed. The classroom time for preparing for our landscape, astrophotography and our post editing education was top notch. I encourage you to check them out and all the wonderful workshops that Muench Workshops offers. ”

— Frances Kuelz, Wild Utah Night Skies '21
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