Wildlife Photography & Birding in South Texas
South Texas is home to the most abundant bird population in the country. More than 500 bird species have been recorded in deep South Texas. Here at Santa Cruz Ranch, you will see Green Jays, Northern Cardinals, Black-crested Titmice, Curved-billed and Long-billed Thrashers, Ladder-backed and Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, Great Kiskadees, Crested Caracaras and Harris's Hawks, just to name a few. Some of our mammal wildlife includes white-tailed deer, axis deer, wild sheep, multiple species of antelopes, armadillos, bobcats, coyotes and many more. Early mornings and late afternoons are the best times for viewing and photographing.
Wildlife Ranch in Texas - The Ultimate Photography Destination
Santa Cruz Wildlife Photography is the newest and hottest photography destination in South Texas. The 400+ acre ranch is a parcel of land from the original Rincon de en Medio Ranch from 1905 and remains in its old virgin state with mature, diverse and desirable dense brush with varied terrain. It has mesquite trees, guayacan, coyotillo, sage, wild olive, all-thorn, amongst many more trees and shrubs. The ranch is high fenced and brimming with wildlife, which makes it an ideal refuge for local and migrating birds. The ranch boasts native mammals such as white-tailed deer, exotic animals from multiple parts of the world, armadillos, bobcats and coyotes. Other wildlife includes reptiles, amphibians, insects, arachnids and much more. In essence, we offer much more than the obvious Deep South Texas thorn-scrub.
South Texas Photographic Lodge
The lodge has been recently expanded and renovated. It boasts 13 bedrooms and 14 full bathrooms combined. Each bedroom has its own private bathroom. Some bedrooms have single king beds, while most have double queen beds and of course we couldn't leave out a Texas sized family bunk room. In the common areas we have a full bar, game room and theater for collaborating or relaxing after a fun full day of photography. We couldn't leave out all those buff photographers; we have you covered with a private exercising gym.
After a fun day of shooting on the ranch, we have an outdoor entertainment hangout. It's great for mingling, playing games and collaborating, but especially cookouts. Aside from our exciting cookouts, the meals we offer are nothing short of amazing. A few delicious items we serve are a hearty fresh bacon-and-eggs breakfast with chorizo beans, cornbread hash, biscuit and gravy casserole, and gotta have something sweet to top if off with French toast casserole. Please don't be shy, we occasionally take requests and you most definitely won't be disappointed!