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“Disappointing Wildlife Photography”

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Anahuac
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Owner description: A 30,000-acre wildlife refuge located near High Island, Texas.
Reviewed 18 February 2014

Getting good photographs of wildlife at a refuge can be a crap-shoot and is dependent on a host of variables such as weather, time of day, season, water levels, and the length of time you spend observing. That being said, our latest trip to Anahuac NWR was a bit of a disappointment. The animals were there - we observed close to three dozen different species of birds - however, individual species were few in number and those that were there were so far off the roads that they were barely recognizable through a 700 mm lens. In addition, refuge personnel seem to be encouraging the growth of tall reeds and grasses which conceal much of the wildlife. Recognizing that refuges are managed for wildlife and not humans, until better viewing areas are made available for photographers, I would only recommend this refuge if there are reports of exceptional birds or animals. Otherwise, there are other wildlife refuges in the area that are much more productive and photographer friendly.

5  Thank austinlightwriter
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"visitor center"
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"great place to view"
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"small alligator"
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"bird life"
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"bring binoculars"
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"peaceful place"
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"well worth the trip"
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"pleasant drive"
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"auto tour route"
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"nwr"
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"refuges"
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"ducks"
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

We were passing through and decided to make a quick stop at the visitor's center. I'm so glad we did. It was a beautiful area and a nice place to stretch and explore a bit. It can be as long or short of a stop as you'd like, and the visitor's center is nice as well. The bayou was beautiful and peaceful.

4  Thank Frida_Cu
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

Able to get some great bird photos especially of the easily spooked red-winged blackbird. Nice drive through area.

3  Thank Mom18_01
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

We used to go to White Heron Park in Anahuac and camp for the week-end when the kids were teenagers. Very good facilities including boat launch, tables and even a pavallion that could be reserved by visiting the city office. This was all some 30-40 years ago but I believe the park is still there.

1  Thank Badthumb
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

Wall-to-wall-alligators, great wetlands with shorebirds at the right seasons, easy driving and viewing from the car. Plus an incredibly well-stocked shop, especially for wildlife and bird books.

1  Thank Daphne W
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