Louisiana Wildlife

I was blown away by the lushness of southern Louisiana. There were birds everywhere and the animal encounters were frequent and amazing. My favorite spots were along the Bayou Teche early in the morning – Muscovy ducks, nutria, turtles, spiders, and birds singing high in the tree canopy. For bird watching, Bird City at Jungle Gardens on Avery Island and the small island just outside of Rip Van Winkle Gardens in Jefferson Island were unmatched. There were hundreds (thousands?) of nesting snowy egrets, roseate spoonbills, ibis, herons, and egrets, plus gators, water snakes, and turtles. Within Rip Van Winkle Gardens we saw a mother raccoon and a mother peahen with her young. Out on Lake Martin we saw all ages of alligators, cormorants, herons, a whistling duck, anhingas, wood ducks, turtles, and swarms of dragonflies and damselflies. For me, Louisiana was wild and magical.

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Spider along the banks of the Bayou Teche
Spider along the banks of the Bayou Teche
Snowy Egrets at Bird City, Jungle Gardens, Avery Island, LA
Snowy Egrets at Bird City, Jungle Gardens, Avery Island, LA
Bird City, Jungle Gardens, Avery Island, LA
Bird City, Jungle Gardens, Avery Island, LA
Gallinule among the elephant ears at Bird City, Jungle Gardens, Avery Island, LA
Gallinule among the elephant ears at Bird City, Jungle Gardens, Avery Island, LA
Penchicks with peahen at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Jefferson Island, LA
Penchicks with peahen at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Jefferson Island, LA
Penchicks with peahen at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Jefferson Island, LA
Penchicks with peahen at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Jefferson Island, LA
Mother raccoon at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Jefferson Island, LA
Mother raccoon at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Jefferson Island, LA
Mother raccoon near her nest at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Jefferson Island, LA
Mother raccoon near her nest at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Jefferson Island, LA
Green anole at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Jefferson Island, LA
Green anole at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Jefferson Island, LA
Dragonfly on lotus at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Jefferson Island, LA
Dragonfly on lotus at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Jefferson Island, LA
Huge rookery just outside of Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Jefferson Island, LA
Huge rookery just outside of Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Jefferson Island, LA
Alligator at Lake Martin, LA
Alligator at Lake Martin, LA
Wood ducks at Lake Martin, LA
Wood ducks at Lake Martin, LA
Dragonfly and baby turtle at Lake Martin, LA
Dragonfly and baby turtle at Lake Martin, LA
Great blue heron at Lake Martin, LA
Great blue heron at Lake Martin, LA
Alligator at Lake Martin, LA
Alligator at Lake Martin, LA
Leech in the pirogue, Bayou Teche, New Iberia, LA
Leech in the pirogue, Bayou Teche, New Iberia, LA
Damselfly at Lake Martin, LA
Damselfly at Lake Martin, LA
Anhinga at Lake Martin, LA
Anhinga at Lake Martin, LA
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Lake Martin, LA
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Lake Martin, LA
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