Eagle Expo and a Cajun Man — 30 Comments

  1. That Great Blue Heron is beautiful and how cool to be able to see the different hues of blue and gray! I also enjoyed reading about the nutria. A coupla years ago I read People of the Bayou by Christopher Hallowell in which he vividly describes nutria hunting and skinning. I guess that’s just one of many many things that have changed over the decades in your part of the world.

    • Heidi, you are right on about that being one of the many things that have changed for the bayou people. Little by little, their way of life is being chipped away at by things like PETA, Chinese imported shrimp, turtle exclusion devices on shrimp nets, bans on gill netting red fish, just to name a few. You are very perceptive!

  2. Those marsh fires are one of my occupational hazards. When they’re burning over at the wildlife refuge in Anahuac – and sometimes even into Louisiana, depending on the winds – the teeny, tiny bits of particulate will settle out into fresh varnish. Not as easy to see as love bugs, but just as irritating 😉

    That’s one fine heron photo. You’re right – I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one where the blue is so obvious. They’re such beautiful birds.

  3. I’ve seen an eagle’s nest before, but never occupied. Saying 6′ or reading 6′ just doesn’t come close to the emotions of seeing one.
    About that “rat on steroids”…got a story about some. Dec.10 yrs. ago, Hubby’s cousin and her fiance came down from Spokane, Washington for our daughter’s wedding. The Fiance wanted to see an alligator (1st trip to La.), so we launched the boat on Blind River for a “tour”. We did manage to see a couple of small gators but the Nutria were out in abundance. Every time one was spotted, Hubby would idle by and his cousin would freak out and scramble to the other end of the boat. She definitely didn’t think they were cute! After the tour, we took them to a local eatery for Fried Alligator Po-Boys. I must say, “Cousin” enjoyed the Fried Alligator much more than the tour!

  4. Nutritious and dee lick sea us nutria. Pot pies. MMMmmmm.

    Saw my first eagle of winter last Friday in Peoria, Il been sick as dog ever since.

    Thinking I ought take that swamp tour. Does the man fish?

    Smoked ham hock n cannellini beans with plethra of herb and trinity in the new red lodge cast iron enamel. I is sick if’n you ain’t heard, y’all.

    Iowa guy has eagles nest in his yard. Way neat.

    • Sorry you’re sick. It’s miserable being that way, but don’t blame it on the eagle! You need one of those adopt-a-moms like the Kleenex commercial! If you get one you don’t like, trade her in!!! Don’t know Iowa guy. And no, Cajun Man does not fish. He just entertains.

  5. Bird migration and love fest in full swing here. Geese winging over all night.
    Cardinals singing and fighting. Abot a week away from traditional first robin sighting.

  6. I’m thinking for our anniversary this year we should come for a visit and take a tour, do some fishing! Will get with you on details later. We have Eagles here who nest by our church and they are magnificent! Our school mascot is Eagles, too.

  7. Raptor return migration going on too lot of sharptails and cooper’s.
    Song sparrows and killdeers I think. Seems early for those.
    Big Dove pile up last weekend. 5 sitting on barn peak most of both days and
    plenty in trees. Getting cabin fever to go with the fever.

  8. Awesome shots BW! Wish I had one of those super duper zoom lens too. There’s a couple of eagles that hang out in a tree near my place, but I can never get close enough to see anything more than a black and white speck and I’m too afraid of getting stampeded by cows to get any closer.

  9. So let me get this straight. The team from Midland leaves and the nutria suddenly are everywhere. After two weeks of looking and not seeing a single live nutria, I’m beginning to think this is a case of Disney animatronics spicing up Cajun Man’s wetland tour ride. Nice pictures, though. At least I know what I should be looking for. By the way, some of your eagles could be Michiganders too. We have a fair population here during the summer. Always a treat to spot an eagle or even a nest.

  10. I feel your pain Jerry. I looked and looked and looked for a live armadillo on my journey’s south. Finally saw one. On the elevated portion on I-10 from Baton Rouge headed toward Houma and Grand Island. Farthest north I saw dead one was right at St Louis by pass of 55 northbound.

    Even the wild turkeys are active. High temp today here is 43 F.

  11. Dear Reader Friends and Family,
    I have been chasing my tail, too many necessary irons in the fire, and attempts to make a buck necessary. Therefore, posts have not been forthcoming. If I have time this morning, I will make a quick post about yesterday’s tour. Business is picking up, but it does take away from blogging time. I do read comments every early morning, and will come back here with a post quick as I can, okay?

    Busy as a nutria in fresh marsh grass,

  12. Girl – I have MISSED YOU!!! I see you are teaching us all still and I hope that it hits home to lots of folks about our coastlines!! The Milk Man and I just might me heading south this summer and WOULD LOVE to stop and see HOW-DEE…Minnie Pearl style of course! love ya BW!!

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