Friday, November 12, 2010

In The Autumn Transition

The Woodducks are as brilliant as ever.

With cooler temperatures and drier air I am now returning to a full time schedule, where we can do tours every day, all day. Because of oppresive heat and humidity, my summertime schedule allowed swamp tours at sunrise and sunset only.

If you are interested in joining me for a Louisiana Swamp Tour, you can call my cell phone at 337 298 2630 to make a reservation.

Now, just because we can do tours all day, doesn't mean I am there waiting for you everyday. If you do not make a reservation before going to Lake Martin, you may be wasting your time.

It could be that the boat is already full of passengers, or we just left and the next tour is two hours later, not to mention, I could be fishing in the Gulf, and...

Hey, it is Whitetailed Deer hunting season, need I say more?

Please call 337 298 2630 for reservations.

The swimming woodduck suddenly explodes into flight.

The neo-tropical cormorants are back.

And because the lake is full of baby shad,

the Great Egrets are fattening up for winter.

The Little Green Herons are headed south and disappearing until April...

and The Great Egrets will be nesting in about 2 months.

Let me not forget to mention, the moorhens came in with the cormorants.
A.K.A. Poule d'eau (in Cajun that is pronouned "Pull Do")

With the decreasing temperatures and increasing wind, the birds are starting to hunker down in protected areas,

All photos above are copyrighted and courtesy of Claude Nall.

The American Lotus are starting to sink, and the Bald Cypress trees are well defoliated giving the swamp a decisive look of grey for the next 5 months.

The Bald Eagles are patrolling the lake daily, and with duck season openning tomorrow, the eagles will have plenty of lost ducks to bring to the nest.

I can't remember seeing this many cormarants in about 10 years...

In the air, in the trees, and in the water, the cormorants are everywhere.

The once dark winding corridors through virgin cypress, are now being illuminated, as the canopy falls away.

Although fall and winter can be dreary at times, this fall has been superb weather wise.

With Bluebird skies and natural air conditioning, who could ask for more?

Well more wind is what we got and with Spanish Moss whipping around and whitecaps on the lake,

it got a little dramatic at times.

I try to stay in the drama free zone as much as possible.