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A Day in the Louisiana Wetlands — 36 Comments

  1. I love the kingfisher story. I have never seen a kingfisher that close up. This post makes me really homesick for the wetlands of LA in all its beauty.

  2. Stunning! Absolutely stunning! The beauty that is all over the bayous just comes alive through your camera! Thanks so much for posting and sharing, and Honey, you’re no “point and shoot accident!” You’ve got “the eye!”

    Love you!!

  3. I’m so sorry about the kingfisher. More than one duckling is buried under hibiscus in the marinas where I work – the water’s so ugly I can’t bear the thought of burial at sea! It’s the one thing I don’t like about my work – that I witness so much of of the sadness in the “bird world”. Sigh.

    Thursday was our day. There were snow geese flying, roseate spoonbills and ibis, coots all over, pintails, mergansers, American and snowy egret. You’re right – the whole world was ready to delight in a little spring.
    You captured it perfectly!

    • The bayou was the best option. Since I was at a friend’s place who is out of town, all the tools were locked up, and I’m not sure where she would have wanted me to bury. Burial at sea just seemed so appropriate, ya know? Oh, and I love all birds, all wading birds especially, and then among them, I think the roseates are the most unique with their round bills and brilliant pink feathers. Day before yesterday, as I cleaned the back deck, a large flock of geese came honking over me going south. Thank goodness no one was hunting. I didn’t hear one shot fired. And what are you referring to as an American egret? I’ve not heard that term used down here.

      • Here’s a pic of the American egret. It’s sometimes called the Great Egret, or the Great American egret.

        http://k53.pbase.com/u44/chiefwpd/upload/28348630.UploadSelect595f.jpg

        The snowy egret is smaller, as I’m sure you know. It has yellow legs and feet when young, then black legs and yellow feet. And, it has a dark bill.

        The Great (American) egret has a yellow bill, black legs and feet and is much bigger.

        There’s a reddish egret I’ve seen a few times. It’s easy to ID because it’s…well, red. 😉

  4. Beautiful photos! They bring a sense of peace to me when I look at them. Thanks for a great photo post.

    I was cracking pecans out back today and I always take a handful and toss them on the side street so I can watch the birds come in to eat. I have had a pair of doves come sailing in when I go out there for about 3-4 years now. I noticed this week that only one has been coming to eat. I hope it hasn’t lost its mate.

    I watched black birds fight over the pecan pieces, a blue jay chase them away, my little dove, mocking birds, sparrows, a red headed finch (I think), a yellow breasted finch and one little bird that was so tiny and colored in soft gray/brown with green tints. I quit working and just sat and watched them all argue, strut and swipe the pieces of pecans. I could have sat for an hour but, it started raining.

  5. Beautiful images that give us peace to calm the troubled waters.

    A portrait of the very treasure we are woking so hard to save.

    With men this is impossible, but with God all things are posible. Matthew 19:26

  6. I really enjoyed the pics, BW. This is one of the things I miss most since we sold our camp. Watching wildlife sooths the soul. Many thanks.

    • I wondered about you yesterday when I came across a couple seeds in the china cabinet. I was thinking that you must be missing your camp on a beautiful day like it was. It’s so good to hear from you!

  7. Back about 40 years ago I used to run bank lines for catfish. Kingfishers loved to sit on the willow poles I used. Saw some here right up to freeze up.
    Geese are still here in numbers too.

  8. Wendy, would you mind if I put a link to this post in my blog? I want as many people as possible to see these pictures.

    • Oh my goodness, please do. The whole purpose of this blog is to teach people about the culture and way of life here so that we can create a “national will” to save this coast. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. This is my second time to read this post. I am at work and I am bored. Bored to the point I’m hoping the kid I sent to school today that was sort of sick calls me and needs me to come get her. I’ll let you know when I make it my third trip through here, lol. Great pics, by the way.

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