Recipe for wonderful afternoon: Wildlife watching at Black bayou NWR followed by frozen yoghurt from daily Press on Highway 165.
We parked by the Visitors’ Center and admired the Louisiana Irises fringing the pond there before walking into the forest to look for wildlife on either side of the boardwalk.
It was a nice afternoon, sunny and breezy with temperatures in the low eighties. Kimmie was using the Panasonic Lumix DMC X8 with Panasonic Lumix G 100-300mm mounted and electronic shutter switched on to avoid the shuttershock issues at low shutterspeeds. I had my Sigma SD1 with Sigma 70-300mm Macro APO and a monopod to steady the pictures.
Every time we visit we see interesting things and our eye for wildlife spotting is certainly getting better. On our last visit we saw a Cottonmouth pit viper, a Broadbanded Water Snake coiled up at rest on what might be a musk rat mound, a very handsome and active Speckled Kingsnake, a baby American Alligator and lots of turtles!
Here is a gallery of selected interesting sightings from our last several visits to Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge.
As we walked back to the car park we saw a large black bird flying across our field of view in front of us – a Bald eagle carrying a fish! It was gaping with the effort of transporting its supper.
On that remarkable note we celebrated with frozen yoghurts from the dailyPress on HW 165! The perfect end to a great wildlife photography experience.
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