Thursday, July 9, 2015

Birdwatching Louisiana Swamp Tours

de la Houssaye's Swamp Tours 337 298 2630

Hi, I am Marcus de la Houssaye
                                       owner and operator of de la Houssaye's Swamp Tours


One of my favorite birds on tour is the Prothonitary Warbler as seen below.




What I like about this warbler is how it will be indifferent to being in close proximity to humans thus allowing easy photo and birding opportunity.




After nearly 3 months of non-stop rain, I can't believe we have blue bird skies!



One of the best parts of sunshine is we can now find the gators sunning themselves...


and the birds are coming out of the shadows to dry off too!




Most of the bird nesting is in decline at this point, but evidence of the abundance of nesters is everywhere, like this Osprey nest on top of an ancient cypress, as seen below.




Also this time of year we have some very interesting nesters who nest on the ground!


BTW: there is a moma alligator nesting on the waters edge on Rookery road, and even though the newbie at the Nature Conservancy came and trashed the nest, scattered the eggs all over road, moma is still there protecting her nest anyway.


As much as I love the early morning swamp tours I do more sunset tours because getting to the lake for sunrise is asking a lot of people who are on vacation, and this time of the year everybody wants to see gators and sunset is the most productive time this time of day during the year to view gators unless you do a night tour!



If you are traveling and want to see gators, and don't have time for a 1 or 2 hour tour, I advise you get off of I-10 at Breaux Bridge, go to the rookery and see the gators on the side of the road.

They are always there waiting on you, and there is no charge to travel rookery road in your private vehicle and tour yourself...