Brazos Bend State Park
I really love every Texas State Park that I’ve visited, but for photographing wildlife, Brazos Bend is definitely one of my favorites. It’s doesn’t have any bird blinds, but does have lots of wonderful walking trails with tons of wildlife close by. My favorite trails are the ones around 40 Acre Lake and Elm Lake. Plus, the trail connecting the two is always good for some diversity. In the summer you can see Prothonotary Warblers, Northern Parulas, and Purple Gallinules, and in the winter the trees are full of vireos and kinglets. The lakes and marshes have an abundance of water birds and it’s not uncommon to see owls and hawks in the trees.
Sugar Land, Texas
This is a great location that offers a variety of habitats and species. The park has a pond and large lake with a boardwalk that runs next to the pond, over some marshes, and around a small section of the lake. There are several miles of trails that run around the lake and through the wooded area around the lake. Herons, egrets, grebes, and osprey can be found around the water and the wooded areas are filled with sparrows, warblers, gnatcatchers, woodpeckers, finches, and other regional birds.
Edith L. Moore Nature Sancturary
This is a smaller nature center located in the middle of the city, but this hasn’t stopped the sanctuary from offering visitors a healthy and thriving nature environment. There are lots of paths and boardwalks that weave through the sanctuary along with several feeding stations. The only downside is that it does attract lots of visitors, especially on the weekends, so can become somewhat crowded at times.
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