Four delightful young adults joined me for a winter wetland tour. Oliver and Ryan, originally from New York, drove from New Orleans where they now live and work. Along with them came Craig from Memphis and Katy, a recent Tulane graduate, from Virginia.
They had a marvelous day planned for themselves, and I’m glad I got to be the beginning of their bayou adventure!
There’s not a lot of greenery to experience in the marsh and swamp in the winter. As a result, the absent foliage makes it much easier to spot and photograph the abundance of wading birds we see in the winter. Here are a few of the beauties we saw today.
As we left the dock, as though on cue, the brown pelicans swooped in, literally diving for fish right in front of the boat.
Did you know their pouches can hold about 3 gallons of water when they scoop up fish with it?
Nothing is more majestic while flying than the eagle. This one did not drop close enough for a clear shot,
but this one posed just long enough for a quick photo!
Back in the marsh, we were rewarded with a small flock of spoonbills and egrets sharing a feeding ground. I love the contrasts of the gold marsh grass and the pink feathers.
I’m not a very considerate birder, because I can never resist the urge to whistle really loudly and make them fly so we can see the pink wings!
As you can see, the great egrets are not as easily frightened as the spoonbills.
Back at the camp, this great egret named “Legs” waits patiently for someone to clean a fish and throw him the remains,
while this pelican swims around waiting patiently for the crabbers to throw their extra bait overboard. The symbiosis between human and bird is pretty amazing!
And at the end of it all is a very happy captain. No workers, no permits, no trucks making ruts in the yard, just me, my boat, the water and a few very wonderful customers.
Oliver and Company left my boat on their way first to dine at Big Al’s Seafood and then to Cajun dance it off at The Jolly Inn. I challenge you to click on that link and watch the whole video clip of local folks cutting a rug, so to speak!!
I’ve been laying tile for two days, and all I had left to finish yesterday was part of the bathroom when I opened a box of defective tiles . I was going to finish that this evening. But you know what? I think that will just have to wait until tomorrow. I’m feeling way too good from the tour to lay tile right now. Blame me?
Renewed and refreshed,