Texas Hill Country – Texas, USA


The Texas Hill Country is located in central and southwestern Texas. The area covers 41 counties in the Edwards Plateau, west of Austin and north of San Antonio. The region boasts a perfect spot for birds to inhabit. Its various ecosystems include limestone rock formations and many clear water streams. The Edwards Aquifer is one of the most abundant aquifers in the world. It provides drinking water to roughly two million people in the area. 

Bird photographers are able to shoot around 430 species including the endangered Golden Cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo that can be seen in the larger area. Popular birding sites include South Llano River State Park and Lost Maples State Park. 

South Llano River State Park is an easy few-hour drive from Austin. This nature park is over 2,600 acres and features the Llano river’s south bank. More than 250 species of birds have been recorded here. The park has four bird blinds that birding locals and visitors use to spot the endangered Black-capped vireo. South Llano River State Park hosts a birding festival each year at the end of April. It includes chats, tours, and hikes. 

Lost Maples State Natural Area is typically referred to as just “Lost Maples”. This area, located two hours northwest of San Antonio, is mainly known for its fall foliage. Yet, bird photographers can be found year-round snapping photos of Scott’s Orioles and Yellow-throat Vireos and many more of the 210 species known to researchers. The Black-capped Vireo is a staple sight for bird photographers and bird watchers alike, even though they are tough to see. Golden-cheeked warblers are more common and are also a draw in this area. 

Owen traveled to the Texas Hill Country in Spring 2022. 

Birds found here