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Friday, July 6, 2012

On the Bayou

Spent yesterday morning with my family on a boat touring Louisiana's largest bayou, Bayou Teche near the towns of Breau Bridge and Lafayette. It was amazingly peaceful, beautiful with the intoxicating scent of lotus blossoms and teaming with large water birds.The boat tour was informative and interesting as we heard all about the swamp wars between boat companies. One constantly trying to sabotage the other's business through chasing away alligators etc. It was a very hot morning and I had to continually douse Pip with water and soak her sun hat to keep her cool enough in the boat. The Bayou Teche is the most beautiful serene place and the bird watching is out of this world! I want to go back and spend the day on the bayou in a canoe.

 I learned that the local Cajuns are actually long lost Canadians. When England took over Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in 1755, they expelled all of the French. Some of them migrated south and ended up on the Bayou. Cajun actually derived from a slang way of saying Acadian.

Today we are in Alabama at a resort on Wolf Bay. The bay flows into the Gulf of Mexico. We have pods of dolphins swim by our deck as they feed in the bay. It is so very beautiful and fascinating to watch the dolphins. Although, this morning there is a terrific lightening/thunder storm pounding the bay.

A Prehistoric like bird. It has solid rather than hollow bones. Its wing and tail feather must be longer to compensate for its heaviness. It does not have oil on its wings so it must spread them in the sun to dry them between dives. I have searched and searched as I cannot remember the name of this bird from  what our guide told us. It is a large bird, about the size of a big duck only sleeker of course. There is no information on this bird on the Internet! Please let me know readers, if you know its name. *Thank-you to Sandra for letting me know the name of this bird is an Anhinga.
Lilly Pads
 Cypress Trees and Spanish Moss
A Barred Owl Above Our Boat
The Teche Bayou
Large Brown Spider on the Bayou
Cypress and Water Oak Trees
Pip on the Bayou
Great Blue Heron
Lotus Blossoms
Great Blue Heron
A Young Blue Heron 
Alligator
Snowy Egret 
Barred Owl
Tree with roots forming a pointed "fence" around its base.
The prehistoric-like bird (Anhinga) sunning its feathers as it has no oil on its feathers so it must dry them out between dives.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Unknown said...

Hi melissa,

I believe that bird is an Anhinga.
love, Mom

July 6, 2012 at 8:26 AM  

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