Galveston Island Photos

Sandpiper featured in Galveston Island photos by Sara Turbyfill.

Photography in Galveston Texas

When I lived in Texas, I spent much of my free time visiting the Texas Gulf Coast to photograph wildlife. To this day, Galveston Island is still one of my all-time favorite photography destinations in Texas. Over the years, I visited the island several dozen times. Each time, I would return home with an SD card full of photos of birds and other wildlife. This page features my Galveston Island photos.

Like many of my favorite photography destinations, the main reason I visited Galveston was to photograph the plethora of birds found there. Throughout the year, more than 500 bird species can be spotted around the island. Galveston holds a special place in my heart because it’s where I spotted many of my lifer birds for the first time. Lifer birds I spotted on the island include the belted kingfisher, roseate spoonbill, and white-tailed kite.

In addition to the birds listed above, I’ve photographed numerous others. A few common birds in the area include the brown pelican, bufflehead, green-winged teal, osprey, royal tern, ruddy turnstone, and sandhill crane. My favorite spots to photograph birds on the island are ​​Edward and Helen Oppenheimer Bird Observatory, Lafitte’s Cove Nature Preserve, and Stewart Road.

Volunteer Opportunities on Galveston Island

To summarize, there are numerous places to enjoy wildlife photography on Galveston Island. If you’re a bird enthusiast, it’s even better! Several hundred bird species are found on the island throughout the year. Common sightings include the belted kingfisher, osprey, roseate spoonbill, and sandhill crane.

Although I created this page to show off my Galveston Island photos, I can’t forget to mention the importance of wildlife conservation. For the safety of the birds that rely on the island to survive, it’s important to make sure the land is protected and maintained. One of the best ways to do this is through volunteer work. For more information about the island or to learn about volunteer opportunities, check out the resources below.


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