Bird Photography at Stevenson Woods
The migrant trap on Galveston Island has the highest bird list in the history of North America, at 325 species in 28 years. Surrounded by grassland for many miles, this is an island forest with fruiting trees, flowing plants, seeds and a water source which is surrounded by tall trees that block out any noise, making birds totally comfortable.
The avian photographic possibilities of this Chenier (or Motte) has been endless. Over two dozen species of warblers each April find fresh water, food and sleep in this protected oasis, plus orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks, flycatchers, vireos and buntings (beside the pair of nesting Painted Buntings). Non-songbirds such as hummers, raptors, woodpeckers and cuckoos also visit.
This site was developed for bird photography by ornithologist Jim Stevenson, and later Alan Murphy and Brian Small. They were taking advantage of over-the-shoulder sunshine and an attractive green background and flat grass. Decorative perches allow for perfect shots as birds slowly approach the drip pan. Bird calls may be used to aid in attracting birds, just as the drip sound pulls them in!
Jim Stevenson has birded all his life, trained by his ornithologist-father, Henry, at FSU, and has had a dozen books published with his bird pictures. Nate Chappell is a professional bird photographer who has spent years shooting Jim’s property and will supervise other experts and photographers alike. Other experts will also be brought in. Jim can also get you out on San Luis Pass with its myriads of tame shorebirds with his 4×4.
Proceeds will go to removing invasive trees such as tallow from the Island by the Galveston Ornithological Society and the creation of educational “bird boards” for the public. To register, e-mail Jim Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 409-370-1515 for space and instructions.