Alamo, South Texas

A Bird Photography Workshop
Texas Rio-Grande Valley
Instructor: Alan Murphy

Join me for four days of great photography in beautiful South Texas, where each morning, we will be shooting on private property next to the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge. In the evenings we will be visiting a photography ranch in the nearby area for more South Texas specialty species. There will be at least one afternoon session with wild raptors.

Both Locations are just 20 minutes from Mc Allen.

The Winter months in South Texas are the best for weather and bird photography

The temps will be mild and all the local resident birds will be active at the feeders.


Jan 11-14, 2022

Jan 16-19, 2022 OPENINGS

Jan 21-24, 2022 OPENINGS

There is no difference as to which dates are better for the birds.

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Cost: $4400.00

This includes all Instruction, lunches and property entry Fees. It does not include the lodging fee, evening meals or any travel fees.

Repeat customers inquire about discount
Back-to-back workshops inquire about discount
Limited to 5 Photographers
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Learn how to get stunning images of birds in all their glory in Alamo, Texas. (20 mins from McAllen)

This workshop is limited to just five photographers so each will receive personalized and focused attention. 

Alan Murphy, an internationally published photographer renowned for exceptional photographs of birds on perches which add to the artistry of the image will be drawing from over 15 years of experience and knowledge to offer:

  • How to locate certain species.
  • How to get birds to land where you want them to.
  • How to search for and select the appropriate perch.
  • How to place the perch in relation to the background and sun direction.
  • How to dress up the perches to match the bird’s habitat.
  • How to work a feeder and water drip to their best advantage.
  • All the tips and tricks that bring a stunning image together.

Alan has been photographing at this location for the past 10 years and has figured out how to get some of the most difficult to photograph species that are specialty birds of the Rio-Grande valley, down onto his set-ups.

The property owners feed the birds daily through the Winter, so the activity at the blind is very busy. This is probably the best location in South Texas to get some of the Rio-Grande valley specialties, such as Altimira Oriole, Great Kiskadee, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Green Jay, Clay-colored Thrush and many others.

This workshop will be designed to target each species and work the situation to get the ultimate image of that bird. There are many different ways to control the situation for each species and you will take away the knowledge of these techniques to use wherever you shoot around the country. We also will be doing flight images of all these species.


We will meet at the desinagated hotel the Evening before your workshop for a pre-workshop get-together. This will be followed by 4 days of intense photography and instruction. Each morning we will be photographing on private property, where we will photograph many great species, both perched and in flight.

Each evening we will spend on Laguna Seca Ranch where we will photograph many species at water holes and two evenings with wild raptors...

Workshop fees include personalized instruction, Private property and ranch fees, lunches, unlimited drinking water, use of the blinds, and bait and feed.
Evening meals are NOT included.


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Possible Species with expected species in bold

Crested Caracara

Harris's Hawk

Turkey Vulture

Black Vulture

White-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Olive Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Black-throated Sparow

Clay-colored Thrush

Black-crested Titmouse

Ruby-crowned Kinglet


White-tipped Dove

Inca Dove

Common ground Dove

Orange-crowned Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Altimira Oriole

Audubon's Oriole

Red-winged Blackbird

Bronzed Cowbird

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Greater Roadrunner

Great Kiskadee

Say's Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Green Jay

Plain Chachalaca

Northern Bobwhite

Great Horned Owl

Barn Owl

Northern Cardinal


Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Long-billed Thrasher

Curve-billed Thrasher






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