Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring Is A Wonderful Time In Louisiana

A couple of weeks ago, the swamp was still mostly grey with moss being the predominant color factor.

And the White Ibis were really coming into the rookery to roost at sunset.

If you would like to view them,

you can go to Lake Martin Landing just before sunset any day,

and there are 20-30 thousand flying over the landing from the north to roost.

What is really interesting is how evident the floating mat of plants is as a foundation of the nesting birds food supply,

(as seen below, where Ibis are feeding on aquatic snails, shrimp and crawfish)

yet the Nature Conservancy continues to support the policy of spraying herbicide to decrease the plant mass.

Hopefully the emerald green that is emerging now will be here for our appreciation of the natural beauty of the swamp, as well as the nutrient value it brings to the ecology of all species, especially the birds, throughout spring and into the summer.

My Louisiana swamp tours have been a great source of inspiration and pleasure for many people for over 25 years and

in spite of 15 years of plant control, 5 major hurricanes in five years and an oil spill last year,

it would appar that the birds are back in record numbers and I will be here to watch over and defend the ecology and all species therein, as I conduct my tours. What has made my swamp tours special amoungst the 50 or so such companies in Louisiana is Lake Martin. de la Houssaye's Swamp Tours is still the premiere tourist attraction in the tri-parish area primarily due to the abundance and variety of plants, birds and alligators present in Lake Martin.

If you would like to come out and see the birds and alligators from Rookery Road(no charge), you can go to my site for directions, by clicking the link at the bottom of my new Lake Martin Swamp Tours site.

Or you can make a reservation for a Louisiana swamp tour with me by calling my cell phone @ 337 298 2630.

If you are out at the lake touring, hiking, kayaking, birdwatching or doing photography, and begin to feel the hunger pains, I want to refer you to a really neat little restaurant on the main drag from Interstate 10 leading into Breaux Bridge at 124 Rees Street.

It is called Le Cafe.

Now I can imagine you may have been eating too much fried food lately, but if that is what you are looking for, these folks do it right.

Just my opinion, but this is the place for shrimp poboy in Breaux Bridge!

You can call them at 332 2500 and order in advance and pick it up at the drive through. Nice...

As you can see, there is a lot more to the menu than just shrimp.

This is not a fast food restaurant, so call in advance if you are in a rush or be prepared to sit and wait for them to cook your order, and that is what makes it so good.

Along with the fact that it is cooked to order, they bread their own and that is how it is supposed to be done.

They are located at the corner of Rees and Thibodeaux streets in Breaux Bridge.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It Is Official, It's Springtime!

And de la Houssaye's Swamp Tours has been booked solid for weeks past and I am presently making reservations as far in advance as June.

As of March 20, 7:21 P.M. EDT spring is on the calendar.

Signs of spring are everywhere, such as the leaves of the Bald Cypress trees are refoliating. These conifers who have been bare of leaves and gray with Spanish Moss all winter, are now turning emerald green as seen below.

And for weeks now the White Ibis have been flying into the rookery to roost every evening.

If you would like to experience the daily flyover at Lake Martin Landing

it occurs right before the sunset,

and I would guess we have 15-20 thousand White Ibis presently roosting in the rookery at Lake Martin.

I have not seen this many White Ibis since around Y2K

If you would like directions to Lake Martin Landing, this link will take you to my main site with address, GPS coordinates and written directions from Interstate 10.

The four photos below are courtesy of my good friend Claude Nall.

I have been seeing flocks of Black Bellied Whistling Ducks and this seems really early, but hey, I am not complaining. The last half of winter this year has been spring like almost every day.

Of course the Great Egrets are the dominant species for the moment,

and soon the smaller members of the Heron family will be arriving by the thousands

to fill out the rookery in all of its splendor next month and into May.

If you would like to join me for swamp tour, you can visit my new website at for information on making reservations and check out the links to my favorite blog posts of the past.

Just in case you don't want to leave this page for more info, you can call my cell phone at 337 298 2630 and I would be glad to talk to you.

I am Marcus de la Houssaye, le maitre'd du bayou!

Isn't spring time wonderful in Louisiana?