Join us for an afternoon birding tour. Cruise the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge by water to see whooping cranes, shorebirds, wading birds, dolphins, and some awesome sunsets.
- Private Party
Spend an Awesome Morning Taking Photos on the Water
Your tour starts at the Sea Gun Marina, then we navigate into Aransas Bay and past the Goose Island State Park. We then travel along the south shoreline of the Aransas Wildlife Refuge to the Intracoastal Waterway. Once in the Intracoastal, we enter the main body of the refuge, where you have opportunities to photograph whooping cranes as well as shorebirds.
Your tour takes you north on the Intracoastal, along the refuge, and into San Antonio Bay to the north end of the refuge; this is the turning point of the tour. The boat is at your disposal for the duration of your tour. We can stop for anything you would like to see and stay at each site as long as you wish. We are on your schedule, not ours.
We recommend leaving a half hour before daylight. This allows us to be on-site with the sun coming up at our backs. This can be a great time to get flight shots when the cranes are coming out to feed. We stay on each subject until you are ready to move on. You won’t be on the boat’s schedule as you would on a larger group boat. As there is no set return time, we can sit and wait for the behavior shot you are looking for.
The shallow draft of our boat allows us to get into areas that larger boats are not able to. This also allows us to get close to the birds and have the boat sit on the bottom to make it as stable as possible.
We can accommodate up to five tripods. There are three different levels to shoot from. The bow and aft decks get you level with the birds, while the upper deck gets you above the grass and brush if needed.
We provide bottled water. Feel free to bring whatever you wish to drink and eat. There is a bathroom on board for your use.