Texas Coastal Bend
This area covers a lot of territory, but it's essentially Victoria and Goliad counties and my personal stomping grounds.
One of the things I love most about birding is that you can really do it just about anywhere! My neighbors have gotten used to seeing me wander the neighborhood with my camera and will often ask what I've photographed that day. Most are shocked when I give them my neighborhood bird count. The point is, I never had any idea what was all around me. So look up, look down, look all around because you never know what you might see.
Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows this is a location that is one of my favorite places. It is a rural road that is close to where I live and a location I drive down at least once per week. I think it's probably pretty reflective of many places around the state but I've not only seen and captured quite a few of my favorite images, but I've learned a lot about birding from it. I've learned that a key to successful photography is knowing your location, and the longer I bird this space, the better luck I have. I've also learned the importance of knowing what you're photographing as you have a better understanding of where to look.
Coleto Lake Park
Coleto Lake Park is a recreation center in Goliad, Texas managed by GBRA. It's a popular fishing and camping location so when the weather is nice, it can be quite busy. Because of it's design as a recreation center, the area around the lake can get rather busy with people so is not a great attraction for wildlife, however the park does have a nice walking trail with two bird blinds. A few notes, there is an admission cost of $12 per vehicle (as of 2018) and the blinds are well maintained, but I have not found them to be particularly productive from a wildlife perspective. The trails are very nice, however, and I've had great luck on them especially in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.
Formally Saxet Lake Park, this is a small, family park located a bit inland from Highway 59 just outside of Victoria. It surrounds several small lakes and is very well maintained by the county. The lakes attract a variety of water birds such as herons, egrets, and pelicans, and a variety of sparrows, pipets, and other passerines can be found in the trees. The star of the park is absolutely the Vermillion Flycatchers which call the area home during Fall and Winter. I've found as many as 6-8 at a time scattered around the park.
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