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Hawk Migration Photography
Hawks and other raptors migrate south beginning in August. One of the best places to see early migration is the Smith Point Hawk Watch tower on the Candy Abshier Wildlife Management Area. Volunteers man the tower from August to November counting birds as they fly overhead. In 2016, volunteers counted 54,563 hawks, falcons, and vultures as they flew over the tower. The tower is owned by the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory in partnership with Hawk Watch International. It's on the the Candy Abshier Wildlife Management Area owned by Texas Parks & Wildlife. This is a great opportunity to learn about hawk migration and how to identify hawks in flight. This week has been selected because we are more likely to see swallow-tailed kites based on historical records. No guarantees, of course. Photo opportunities could be outstanding if we get lucky or a bit slow. Luckily, there are nice fields around the tower that are filled with butterflies and dragonflies. There's always something to photograph. Equipment: Camera with a lens in the[masked]mm,[masked]mm,[masked]mm range. Tripod but you should be able to hand-hold with a higher ISO. Packing List: Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, drinks, snacks, food. Cooler in your car would be okay. We're never too far from the parking lot. How To Get To The Smith Point Hawk Watch Tower at Candy Abshier WMA: To reach Smith Point from Houston, take I-10 east to the Texas Hwy 61 exit. Turn south (right) on Hwy 61. In a few miles it changes number to FM 562 and continues south to Smith Point. At the intersection of FM 1985, which branches left at a Y intersection, continue right to Smith Point. Once in Smith Point continue on 562 until you pass Hawkins Camp Road on the right. Turn left at the next intersection and proceed to the parking lot for the tower.

Smith Point Hawk Watch Tower

Heartfield Lane · 77514, TX

Respond by: 8/18/2018
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    This is a group organized by members of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) for people interested in nature and nature photography in East Texas (Houston). We will meet at least once per month to talk about nature photography or to go on photographic outings. Join us to learn about the basics of nature photography or to take your current skills to a new level. You don't have to be a member of NANPA (www.nanpa.org) to join this group - we welcome photographers of all levels and experience.

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