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Lee Hoy

Photo Instructor / Birding Guide

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About Lee Hoy

Lee Hoy grew up in Oklahoma and Texas and refers to himself as a “Tokie.” His interest in wildlife began with regular trips as a child to the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in southwest Oklahoma. The real impetus for his passion for bird watching and photography began on his inaugural trip to Big Bend National Park in August 1988. His grandparents had bought him a Canon 630 and Canon 100-300 f/4.5-5.6 L. With a bunch of rolls of Kodachrome in hand, they headed to west Texas.

While hiking in the Chisos Basin of Big Bend, a bird that looked like a sparrow on steroids was hopping around on the ground and Lee took his first bird image. He figured if he were going to photograph wildlife, he needed to identify the species of each subject. A quick appeal to his grandparent’s soft side and they purchased a National Geographic Field Guide at the park visitor center. As he scanned the images of the guide, he noticed that birds like the Colima Warbler, Mexican Jay, Varied Bunting, and Lucifer’s Hummingbird were very restricted in their range and mostly in the Big Bend region with regard to Texas.

A life long fascination with the Big Bend region was ignited and subsequent trips included developing a vegetation map of the entire park as an undergraduate assistant with Dr. Greg Plumb of the University of Oklahoma. Lee has three (3) degrees with a B.A. in Geography and a M.S. in Regional & City Planning both from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before becoming a full-time photographer and guide, Lee has been a transportation planner, church planter, licensed insurance agent, roofing contractor, and Supervisor of the Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center in Langtry, Texas.

Eventually growing tired of being behind a desk in an office, Lee decided it was time to take the photography and guiding full time. He is a contributing photographer for Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine and Texas Highways. More than being published, Lee enjoys teaching others to capture images that bring them joy! He has taught beginning birding, sparrow identification and photography classes for many Audubon and birding groups and currently serves on the board of the Texas Ornithological Society.

Lee makes his home at 6,143’ up in the Davis Mountains of west Texas, just north of Big Bend National Park, where a herd of six Javelina keep him company when he isn’t out photographing wildlife, landscapes, night skies, or macro images.

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Kevin Loughlin and Lee Hoy

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