Fall 2019 - South Texas Birds & Wildlife Photo Workshops
3.5 Days All Inclusive Photo Shoot at the Santa Clara Ranch.

November 13-17, 2019 - Fall Session 1 - SOLD OUT
November 20-24 , 2019 - Fall Session 2 - SOLD OUT


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).

Join 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 10 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.

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. All 3 meals will be provided by the Santa Clara Ranch. For more information on the guesthouse click here.

Cost of Photo Tour - $2500.00 per photographer (double occupancy)*

- Lodging at the Santa Clara Guesthouse.
- 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.

We are limiting the number of photographers to 4 so you can get our full attention and have unlimited exclusive access to the blinds during your stay.

Session 1 -November 13-17, 2019 - SOLD OUT
Session 2 - November 20-24, 2019 - SOLD OUT

Deposit can be paid via PAYPAL (plus 3% fees) by clicking here:



or by mailing a U.S. Check or Money Order Payable to:
Hector D. Astorga
2510 Dove Avenue
Mission, TX 78574


Deposits & Cancellation Policy:

  • A $1000 deposit is required at the time of enrollment with full payment due by September 10, 2019.

  • Deposit and tuition fees are non-refundable.

  • If the photo workshop is full and someone from the waiting list can take your spot, your tuition is fully refundable minus a 15% cancellation fee.

  • We are not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other reasons.

  • Should cancellation be required due to severe weather, an alternate date will be scheduled at no additional charges.

  • No fees will be refunded if you withdraw after the photo workshop begins.

  • We are not responsible for any fees associated with non-refundable air travel, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance.