First, this great blue heron flew over.
A Northern flicker.
At the first bridge, Charles pointed out 2 large, juvenile cottonmouths in the water. Thanks for everyone, inc. Jeff Boundy at the LA Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries and Tom Arbour & his sources, who helped me correctly ID these.
Although the longleaf pines are mostly gone from Louisiana, The Nature Conservancy is working to restore some of the beautiful pine savannas that used to blanket much of the Southeastern US. A boardwalk (with interpretive stations,) meanders through the woods along the Abita Creek.
Woodpecker holes in a tree.
2 of 7 turkey vultures.
Besides the boardwalk, there are well-kept "roadways" to follow, bordered by fields of wild grasses.
Conditions were right for a sundog to appear.
Shortly after discussing how we hadn't seen any Canada geese here lately, this pair flew over our heads.
In addition, there were Eastern bluebirds, red-bellied woodpeckers, a tufted titmouse, cardinals and a mourning dove, most of which were heard but not seen. There were also raccoon tracks near the creek. Best of all, there weren't any other people. The Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve is unknown even to most of the locals, making it a great getaway from the trappings of humanity.