Houston Audubon Raptor Photography Shoot Photos
In January 2020, I had the opportunity to attend a Houston Audubon Raptor Photography Shoot. I found the program while searching for the best places for wildlife photography in Houston and decided to register. I hadn’t done much research beforehand, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. This page features my Houston Audubon Raptor Photography Shoot photos.
The photoshoot took place in a natural setting at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary in Houston, Texas. There were only a handful of people who showed up for the event, so I got a front-row seat to photograph these magnificent birds. Over the course of 2 hours, the staff at the Houston Audubon Raptor and Education Center brought out 8 different birds for everyone to photograph.
Overall, I had the chance to photograph 4 owl species, 3 different raptors, and 1 swallow. The owls present at the photoshoot included a barred owl, a barn owl, a great horned owl, and a screech owl. In between each set of owls, the staff introduced several raptors, including a Mississippi kite, a swallow-tailed kite, and a red-tailed hawk. At the end of the show, the staff brought out the smallest member of the group – a purple martin.
Support the Houston Audubon Raptor and Education Center
The raptor photography shoot was hosted by the Houston Audubon Raptor and Education Center. Unfortunately, all of the birds featured in the program are to remain in captivity for the remainder of their lives. These birds are either permanently injured or have remained in captivity so long that they’re unable to hunt and survive in the wild. Their full-time job is to help educate the public about the importance of bird conservation.
In order to help educate future generations, it’s important to support organizations like the Houston Audubon Raptor and Education Center. Luckily, the organization provides several ways in which individuals can help. For example, you can become a volunteer, participate in events, or even join the Adopt A Bird program. If you’d like to learn more about an upcoming Houston Audubon Raptor Photography Shoot or learn how you can help support these magnificent birds, check out the links below.