A smartphone snapping a photo of a bright yellow flower in a grassy field

Whether you wield a smartphone or a zoom lens, you’ll find photo-worthy subjects at the refuge. Wildlife photography is a priority public use on national wildlife refuges, so you’ll find wildlife drives and overlooks to help you get the images you’re after.

Two of the most photogenic species that visitors encounter are great egret and wood duck. Great egrets are common near the Wildlife Drive from May until October. However, July through September is when they are most abundant at the refuge when hundreds can be seen in a day. Wood ducks are best found near the Wildlife Drive and Ferguson Bayou Trail from May to October as well. Females with broods of ducklings can be spotted in June and July, but this species is most abundant from August through October.