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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Fontainebleau is Alive (Updated)

We went for another hike at Fontainebleau State Park today. Although it was overrun with campers & wiley children, there was still plenty to see (as usual, click for larger images.)

Great egrets.

Some type of water snake (not likely a cottonmouth, who's head is more distinct from its body than this one's was.)

Adult bald eagle & nest.

Juvenile bald eagle. (Update, Aug. 25, 2009; Published on the front page of the St. Tammany News Aug. 21, 2009.)

Great horned owl.

2 nutrias (who were doing a strange display, possibly related to mating.)

Caspian tern.

Red-winged blackbird.

Louisiana iris & a spotted cucumber beetle.

A juvenile gull of some sort.


YogaforCynics said...

Wow--great photos...especially the snake, for some reason...and I'm gonna have to google "nutria" since it sounds like some kind of supplement to aid digestion, but I'm suspecting that's not actually what it is...the bald eagle photos are great, too...remind me of the ones I on Hemlock Lake in Western NY...oh, memories...

Travis said...

So much glorious wildlife.

Lisa said...

Awesome awesome AWESOME photos, Lana!!! I am so jealous of all the amazing wildlife you have in your area.

Sidney said...

Beautiful shots as always. Love the juvenile bald eagle pic, a great captured moment.

Charles Gramlich said...

Yogaforcynics, Nutria are very large rodents, bigger even than Beavers. They're not originally native to hear but were brought in and now have become a major pest.

Lana Gramlich said...

Dr. Jay; Thank you. You don't have to Google anything--I do my best to provide links for more info wherever applicable (including for the nutria.)
Only 2x did I see bald eagles when I was in Canada & only one of those times when I was near WNY. They seem much more common here. I think the shallow, open marshes are perfect hunting grounds for them.

Travis & Lisa; Thanks. Yes, we're truly blessed down here.

Sidney; Thank you. I just wish we could get even closer, but even a distant sighting is better than none!

Charles; Thanks, hon. :)

Doson said...

Lovely esp Water Snake & Horned Owl (waiting for another closer shot).

Bob said...

Love the iris and the clouds. All pretty though. Hope you guys are having a neat Easter Sunday. D

Bob said...

Whoops. That's me, Donnetta--hubby's name popped up, Bob. Sorry bout that Lana. Donnetta

Lana Gramlich said...

Skippy; Thanks. Unfortunately you may have a long wait on a closer owl photo. The chicks have fledged & are no longer trackable. I lucked out to get this photo (possibly of one of the parents.) I just happened to notice it alighting in a nearby tree. Otherwise they're completely silent & typically nocturnal. This might actually be the last owl photo for a while, but you never know!

Donnetta; No problem on the name. ;) Glad you enjoyed! Hope you're having a good weekend, too.

Dave Coulter said...

Wow - a eagle AND an owl! If I saw that I'd flip :)

Lynda Lehmann said...

Thanks for the lovely pictorial tour, Lana! :)

Lana Gramlich said...

Dave; Yes! We were quite fortunate that day!

Lynda; Anytime. Thanks for enjoying it. :)

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