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.
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