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Bird Photography Workshop at Laguna Seca Ranch, Texas

Edinburg, Texas, USA

Black-crested titmouse © Greg Downing

Learn how to create stunning shots of beautiful birds on a bird photography workshop with Alan Murphy and Greg Downing at Laguna Seca Ranch in Texas.

Alan and Greg’s bird photography workshop is specially designed to focus on individual bird species and working the situation to capture the absolute best image of that bird. Greg and Alan will share their secret bird photography tips with you while demonstrating how to control the situation for each species. The best part is, you’ll be able to apply your newly learned techniques wherever you photograph birds around the world.

With a limit of just five photographers per instructor, this bird photography workshop ensures that each participant will receive personal attention from Alan and Greg.

Long-billed thrasher © Alan Murphy

What You’ll Learn on this Bird Photography Workshop

Alan and Greg will combine their many years of expert bird photography experience and knowledge to personally teach you:

  • How to locate specific bird species
  • How to search for and select an appropriate perch
  • How to place a perch in relation to the background and direction of the sun
  • How to dress up perches to match the bird’s habitat
  • How to get birds to land where you want them to
  • How to work a feeder and water drip to their best advantage
  • All the tips and tricks that create a beautiful bird photograph
  • How to get amazing shots of small birds in flight
“Alan Murphy and Greg Downing are first-class workshop leaders and motivating photographers!” –Rebecca F.

Crested caracara © Greg Downing

Laguna Seca Ranch

Photograph the Gems of the Rio Grande Valley

Family owned and operated, Laguna Seca Ranch is located just north of Edinburg, Texas, USA. The ranch owner feeds the birds daily year-round making bird activity very busy at many blinds. In our experience, Laguna Seca Ranch is the best location in South Texas to see and photography some of the gems of the Rio Grande Valley including Audubon’s oriole, olive sparrow, long-billed thrasher, golden-fronted woodpecker, green jay, and many others.

Edinburg, Texas on map

Workshop Schedule

Start of Workshop

The evening before the workshop begins we will meet at our host hotel for a pre-workshop gathering. We will all meet each other and go over details for the upcoming days.

4 Days of Powerful Photography and Instruction

After our gathering the evening before the workshop begins, 4 days of focused photography and instruction await. 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. All workshop participants will have the opportunity to spend equal time one-on-one with both Alan and Greg.

Desert cardinal © Greg Downing


  • Personalized instruction with equal time from both leaders
  • Daily access fees to Laguna Seca Ranch
  • Unlimited drinking water
  • Use of blinds, bait, and feed

Does Not Include

  • Airfare
  • Lodging and meals
  • Car rental

Reserve your place for Alan and Greg’s bird photography workshop. Register now on Alan’s website.

Workshop Information
  • Dates: March 22-25, 2019 SOLD OUT
                March 27-30, 2019 SOLD OUT
  • Cost: $3,995
  • Deposit: $1,998
  • Participants: 10

Greg Downing

Greg Downing

Greg has been traveling the world teaching professional and amateur photographers for more than 15 years hosting his instructional workshops and seminars. Instructing photographers of all experience levels Greg has earned a reputation for his gracious and generous teaching style.

Greg’s images are known for their unique style, exacting composition and strict attention to detail. Continue reading »

Alan Murphy

Alan Murphy

Alan Murphy, an award winning photographer, grew up in England and is an avid birder. Upon immigrating to the States Alan picked up a camera and began pursuing his vision of how birds should be photographed. Alan has developed a style that is very recognizable with stunning portraits of birds on beautiful perches. Alan turned a full time professional bird photographer a few years ago and is now in demand to speak at festivals, conferences and photography clubs around the nation. Continue reading »