Spring Bird Migration Photography Workshop April 14th

Photography workshop

Jones Alta VistaRanch


Come and join Angie Birmingham and Cissy Beasly in the spring of 2022 for three days in the beautiful Rio Grande Valley  on the Jones Alta Vista Ranch.  


Angie Birmingham discovered her love for the outdoors as a teenager shortly after her family moved to Lake Tahoe.  Her passion for landscape photography broadened after photographing birds for many years, and she’s realized she is definitely a bird watcher too.  Intrigued by so many different kinds of birds, in January of 2021, Angie actually started counting the different species that she would see for the year, thus far, she is at 202 species of birds.  Her first publication was in Diesel Magazine.  Since then, she has been in featured in Focus on Texas Magazine, and their website numerous times.  Angie started offering photography workshops and private lessons in the summer of 2019.  She also has a Facebook group called WT F-STOP, and does meetups with local photographers in the South Texas area to share her knowledge with those who are struggling to get started in photography or just need a little help with camera settings.  WT FSTOP was born while she was out with friends and they would ask  “Hey Angie, what is the WT FStop?”. Click gallery to view her Gallery

cissy photoing at wwr

Cissy Beasley was born and raised in South Texas into an outdoors and ranching family. Heredity, environment, training and experience have led Cissy to form an interactive and cooperative relationship with nature beginning in childhood, and flourishing ever since. Her passion for wildlife and nature photography was ignited in the Spring of 2011 during a photo session of a mother Mourning Dove and her chicks in Fulton, TX; Cissy’s enthusiasm and acumen for showcasing nature through excellence in imaging continue evolving to this day. Among the extensive list of Cissy’s photography awards and honors are five finishes as a Top-five Finalist in the South Texas-based Wildlife in Focus Photo Contest, winning the First Place Grand Prize in 2019. She is a Nikon pro shooter and a member of Nikon Professional Services. Click gallery to view her photo Gallery 


  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. Just to name a few Green Jays, Painted Buntings, Bob White Quail, Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, Pyrrhuloxia, Thrashers, Cardinals, Phoebes, Great horned owls with owlets depending on when they hatch and many other species of birds. We will also target raptors, the ranch has a raptor blind. Crested Caracara, Harris Hawk, and Turkey and Black Vultures frequent the raptor blinds at the ranch. Apart from birds we will also some possible mammals like the Collard Peccaries (Javalina), White-tail deer, Armadillos, Squirrels and other mammals that are available at the ranch. Hopefully we will get lucky and be able to photograph one of the Bobcats that live in the area. Possible reptiles are Western Diamondback Rattlesnake and the Blue Indigo Snake. Lodging will be at the Jones Alta Vista guesthouse. The house is well equipped home that can accommodate up to 8 people comfortably. You will have a private room but a shared bathroom ( we can accommodate singles as well).

April 14th PM to April 17th AM

$1,085 per photographer better hurry only 4 spots left. I can accept Credit cards and PayPal but will have a 3% surcharge We will arrive between 1pm -2pm and depart after morning shoot and brunch on the 17th To reserver your spot please email me at [email protected] or call 361-815-8852 I require a $500 Deposit (see deposit and cancellation policy below).

Price includes the following:
*All meals while at ranch
*Lodging at the Jones Alta Vista Ranch

*Photo instruction to help you get the most out of your trip.
*all taxes

Price does not include:
*Transportation to and from the ranch
*Alcoholic Beverage (you can bring your own)

Meals will be provided by the ranch cook and as follows:

*Continental breakfast in the morning before you go to the blind
*Brunch when you return from the Morning shoot
*Afternoon snack before we depart to the blind for the evening shoot
*Dinner will be served after returning from the evening shoot.
*If you have any dietary requirement I will need to know at booking since it is very hard to get last minute items out to the ranch.

Deposits & Cancellation Policy:

A $500 deposit is required at the time of enrollment with balance due by February 1, 2022.

Deposits are non-refundable.

If the photo workshop is full and someone from the waiting list can take your spot, your deposit 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, I highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Here is the link to the companies I use for insurance on all of my trips. https://www.travelguard.com or https://www.insuremytrip.com/