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      South Texas Quickens with Wildlife

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      While many of the world's other destinations lose species,
      the Brush Country's heart beats a steady rhythm. Nature
      here still thrives along the full spectrum of the food chain
      and today more wildlife roams per acre in the Brush Country
      than anywhere else in the United States. In fact, South
      Texas' rich biodiversity has made it one of North
      America's liveliest places for nature-lovers and wildlife
      photographers to visit.


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      Written By: Jeff Parker
      Copyright: 2011
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      South Texas Quickens with Wildlife
      Copyright (c) 2011 Jeff Parker
      Jeff Parker Images
      http://www.JeffParkerImages.com/



      Glance out your window as you head down into the South Texas
      Brush County and you'll swear, just as Cabeza de Vaca did in the
      1500's, that you've arrived in a barren no-man's-land. The
      desolate and thorny landscape seems bereft of life.

      But, in this case, looks truly deceive.

      While many of the world's other destinations lose species, the
      Brush Country's heart beats a steady rhythm. Nature here still
      thrives along the full spectrum of the food chain and today more
      wildlife roams per acre in the Brush Country than anywhere else
      in the United States. In fact, South Texas' rich biodiversity
      has made it one of North America's liveliest places for
      nature-lovers to visit.

      Yes, venture into the mesquite trees and fragrant huisache bushes
      and rather than desolation, you'll find a world rich with
      vitality.

      And no longer are birders the only ones flocking here. Wildlife
      photographers from throughout the world now consider South Texas
      a top pick for its ease in capturing critter images - winged to
      tusked to musked to scaled.

      In a region 95% privately-owned, selected landowners have created
      sanctuary that includes water holes and feeding stations.
      They've also created specially crafted photo-blinds so that
      photographers can capture images of animals as they take
      sanctuary.

      Here, the rainbow flash of a male painted bunting will quicken
      your pulse with delight. You'll find them in many parts of the
      state each winter, but spotting these cover-loving birds is
      easier in South Texas than just about anywhere else because of
      the nature of the terrain.

      You'll find your pulse also quicken when you glimpse a giant
      Texas indigo snake (also known as a "black indigo"). But, never
      fear! These non-venomous reptiles are quite gentle. In fact,
      their ease in handling is probably one reason they've been
      classified as "threatened" ��� they're too nice for their own
      good and have been brought home as pets too often. There isn't
      an aggressive bone in their long bodies (the longest on record at
      9 �� feet, or 2.74 meters!) unless you're a rattlesnake - one of
      their favorite meals!

      Here, the distant cry of coyotes and Harris's hawks will set
      your spirits soaring.

      You'll almost certainly hear the call of coyotes after dark as
      they signal members of the family group (ranging in size from two
      to five) that time's come to reunite after a stint of individual
      hunting. Other howls let coyotes in the area know where the
      boundaries lie between one group's territory and another's.
      Coyotes eat primarily rodents and rabbits and are too small to
      take down a deer unless it's sick, injured or very young (they
      rarely hunt in packs like wolves). These canines come out during
      the daytime, too, and photo ops abound at the right ranches.

      Harris's hawks' cries billow throughout the day as these
      gorgeous birds of prey arc overhead in the stark blue Texas sky.
      As one of the Brush Country's most plentiful raptors, these
      white and rufous colored birds eat rodents and even snakes.
      Scientists recently discovered how these hawks act a bit like
      pack animals in that they sometimes hunt in groups of two to four
      and even divide nesting duties, combining eggs so that adults
      share babysitting duties while others hunt.

      And, of course, come to see a special South Texas legend - the
      javelina (pronounced "have-ah-leena") - whose sharp tusks
      deceptively give this rather gentle creature a vicious look.
      These nearly-blind collared peccaries rely heavily on their sense
      of smell and one another as they travel in herds. Primarily
      herbivores, the prickly pear cacti and beans from the mesquite
      that decorate the landscape make up most of their diet.

      Here, with so much bounty in the brush, there's still the chance
      to witness the coming together of the badger and the bobcat, of
      the rattler and the roadrunner. Here, where it quickens with
      wildlife, the possibility of watching authentic animal
      interaction runs high.

      On land that's been professionally planned for wildlife viewing
      and nature photography, you'll be amazed as a diverse array of
      wildlife passes closely by your lens, giving you an outdoor
      experience like you've never had before. Be sure to add a visit
      to the South Texas Brush Country to your "must-do" list.






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      Award-winning wildlife photographer, Jeff Parker, leads photo
      tours, workshops, and critter crawls in South Texas on a regular
      basis. Interested in photographing wildlife on a private Brush
      Country ranch guided by someone with intimate knowledge of the
      local wildlife and expert-level technical know-how? Visit Jeff's
      website to learn more: http://www.JeffParkerImages.com/.





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