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by hastorga on Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:22 am
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South Texas Birds and Wildlife at the Santa Clara Ranch.
3.5 Days All Inclusive Photo Shoot
May 25-29, 2016


The Rio Grande Valley is becoming one of the premier hotspots for nature photographers in the country. It has been a world class destination for birders and bird photographers (with over 500 bird species documented in the area) for many years. The "Valley", as we locals call it, is also known for its variety in reptiles (over 150 species documented) and mammals (150+ species live here).
    

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Join award winning professional photographer Hector D. Astorga for 3 1/2 days of photography and instruction. Hector, who is also the ranch manager, has been photographing and guiding for photographers at the Santa Clara for over 5 years. During the workshop we will target all the South Texas resident birds and the migratory birds that travel through the ranch this time of year. Green Jays, Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, Thrashers, Orioles, Painted Buntings, and many others will be our targets. We will also target raptors at the ranch's two raptor blinds. Crested Caracara, Harris Hawk, and Turkey and Black Vultures frequent the raptor blinds at the ranch. Apart from birds we will also photograph South Texas mammals and reptiles. Collard Peccaries (Javalina), White-tail deer, Armadillos, Mexican Ground Squirells, Rabbits frequent the waterholes at the ranch. If we are lucky we might be able to photograph one of the Bobcats that live in the area. Possible reptiles are Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, Indigo Snake, Leopard frogs, Texas Tortoise, and other snake species like the beautiful Coachwhip snake. Hector will try to capture a Diamondback Rattlesnake so that everyone can go home with some wonderful rattlesnake images and be 100% safe while photographing it.

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Lodging will be at the Santa Clara guesthouse. The house is a modern fully equipped home that can accomodate up to 8 people comfortably. The house has four bedrooms and 2 full baths for guests to use. For more information on the guesthouse click here.


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Cost of Photo Tour - $1800.00 per photographer (double occupancy)*


Includes:
- Lodging at the Santa Clara Guesthouse for 3 days and 3 nights.
- All meals (catered) and non-alcoholic beverages during your stay. 
- Photographic Instruction to help you maximize your stay and improve your photographic knowledge.
- All applicable taxes.

Does not include:
- Transportation to and from the ranch.
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Gratuities.

* Please note that ranch lodging is very comfortable, but restricted to 3 doubles. Sharing of bedrooms and bathrooms necessary—all part of the adventure! For more info on the lodging visit our lodging page at www.santaclararanch.com/guesthouse.html.

Single rooms might be available but unlikely. Call us for information.

For more detailed information visit:
http://www.hectorastorga.com/santaclaraworkshop.html

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Hector D. Astorga
Mission, TX
Website: http://www.hectorastorga.com
Santa Clara Ranch: http://www.santaclararanch.com


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by hastorga on Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:29 am
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2 spots left for this workshop.
Hector D. Astorga
Mission, TX
Website: http://www.hectorastorga.com
Santa Clara Ranch: http://www.santaclararanch.com
 

by hastorga on Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:09 am
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1 Spot left!!!!!
Hector D. Astorga
Mission, TX
Website: http://www.hectorastorga.com
Santa Clara Ranch: http://www.santaclararanch.com
 

by hastorga on Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:09 pm
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This workshop is now SOLD OUT!
Hector D. Astorga
Mission, TX
Website: http://www.hectorastorga.com
Santa Clara Ranch: http://www.santaclararanch.com
 

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