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Site Update: February 1, 2014     SOUTH TEXAS BIRDING HEADQUARTERS FOR COASTAL BEND BIRDING!

Rockport, Texas and Coastal Bend Birding Tours - By Boat or Land

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL GUIDE FOR A MEMORABLE AND SAFE ADVENTURE!

One of the best ways to view wildlife, especially Whooping Cranes, is from boats in the Intercoastal canal. From early November through

early April, boats from the Rockport-Fulton area cruise past tidal flats and salt marshes where many bird species & wildlife may be seen. 

 

Experience the Whoopers' habitat.  See our featured Whooping Crane & Birding tour guides below! 

Outstanding Opportunities for Professional & Amateur Birders, Nature and Wildlife Photographers!

 

 

Gold Spoon Charters

GUIDED PHOTO SAFARIS TOURS

BY BOAT OR KAYAK

Get the Best of Both Worlds!

WHOOPING CRANES, EGRETS, HERONS,

PELICANS AND SO MUCH MORE!

Call: 361-727-9178 or 361-790-6753

Capt. Doug Bowers is a USCG/TPWD Licensed Guide offering

bay tours to the Aransas and Matagorda Refuges.  

Capt. Bowers is also an excellent wade fisherman using lures and flys,

using artificial and live bait.

COMBO TRIP - FISH AND BIRD AND GET THE

BEST FROM BOTH WORLDS!

 

 

 

877-TX-BIRDS

Capt. Tommy Moore

Owner/Operator of the "Skimmer"

Whooping Crane Tours - Twice Daily!
Departing from Fulton Harbor beginning Nov. 15 through mid-March.

Visit Rockport Birding and Kayak Adventures

Welcome to Rockport Birding & Kayak Adventures! Whether Birding, Kayaking, Dolphin Watching, Sunset Cruising, Private Charters, or just getting out on the bay is your mission, you have come to the right place. Our goal is to provide a professional operation and a unique experience that you won't soon forget.

Whooping Crane Tours into the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge are our specialty from November through April. We will typically get within 100 yards of these magnificent rare birds allowing you ample time to watch them feeding on blue crabs in their natural habitat. A typical trip will produce 30 to 60 other species of birds and other wildlife.

Our experienced professional crew will point out and teach you to identify these  wonderful creatures.  We always have Nikon Binoculars and Spotting Scopes on board giving you the opportunity to try out many different models in a true birding environment.

 

 

Meet Capt. Jack Culberson

USCG Licensed/TPW Certified

CERTIFIED WILDLIFE GUIDE

Birding & Nature Tours by Boat

 

Visit: 4-Alarm Guide Service

SEE MORE BIRDS IN 4 HOURS

THAN YOU'LL SEE IN A WEEK ON LAND!

Call to Reserve: 361-813-4229 

 

 

WHAT YOU'LL SEE:

Whooping Crane (Nov. 15 thru April 15) Roseate Spoonbill, Sandhill Crane, Snowy Egret, Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Skimmers, Osprey, Magnificent Frigate, Colonials, American Avocet & Oyster Catcher, Kites, Tanagers, Buntings, Crested Caracara, Brown-bellied Whistlers, Pelicans, plus Alligator, Fox, Bobcats, Deer, Javelina and so much more!

ROOKERY TOURS

MIGRATORY AND

RESIDENT BIRD TOURS

There are many opportunities to photograph Whooping Cranes as well as shore birds along the intercoastal. Your tour will take you North on the Intercoastal along the Refuge and into San Antonio Bay to the North end of the Refuge. This is the turning point of the tour.
 

 ARANSAS BAY BIRDING CHARTERS

with Capt. Kevin Sims

Owner/Operator of the "Jack Flash"

Departing from Sea Gun Marina across the Copano Bay Causeway

in Beautiful Lamar on the Live Oak Peninsula

Call to Reserve: 361-790-3746
3 Photography Decks, Enclosed Cabin & Restroom On Board

Whooping Crane Tours

Bird & Nature Photography Tours

Our boat the, Jack Flash, is uniquely designed for photographers. The Flash has three different decks at separate elevations to give you the angle of your choice. Another great feature is the enclosed cabin so you can take a break and relax out of the elements. The absolute best feature is the true shallow draft capability. We are able to float at a depth of ten inches and can motor at eighteen inches. This allows you to get really close to the birds. It is not uncommon to get within 50 feet of Whooping Cranes and even closer for most Shore Birds.
Learn More About Our Tours

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Baby Egrets at Rookery

on San Antonio Bay

Beautiful Roseate Spoonbills at Seashore

 

 

M/V WHARF CAT

361-729-4855 Rockport, TX

800-782-2473 Port Aransas, TX

Whooping Crane Boat Tours

M/V WHARF CAT is a 75' heated, air conditioned, smooth riding catamaran with a top deck 12' above water that provides the area's best viewing and photography opportunities.

Narrated by naturalists, spotting scopes and bird checklists are provided on our tours to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to view endangered whooping cranes. A glassed in cabin with food bar seats 84, there is outside seating on both decks and our shallow draft allows us to get "up close and personal" with the "whoopers."

Pelagic tours available.

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