October: Birds + 1

September 26, 2019. The Louisiana Ornithological Society meets in Cameron Parish the last weekend of October every year. I finally have that firmly planted in my brain, because I finally got to go in 2019!

I joined my Master Naturalist friend Arthur Liles in Hackberry late Friday morning the 25th. We climbed into his pick-up and off we went for an afternoon of plying the Gulf Coast looking for birds.

And birds we saw! Wow. Arthur knows his birds and he knows good locations to see them. All I had to do was sit and point the camera out the truck window. That afternoon, I added 12 birds to my life-list of birds photographed.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

But the most memorable bird encounter of the trip happened the next day on the way home. I drove north on the Creole Nature Trail (Hwy 27). A mile or so south of the entrance to the Pintail Wildlife Drive, I spotted this osprey perched on a power pole with a huge silver fish in its talons.

Two more photos and a fuller story of following the bird up the highway are here. But I had not yet processed this frame in the many I shot when I wrote that post, and my purpose then was different. Now, I’m eagerly looking forward to a juried show coming up in a few months that should be interested in it.

#YearOfBirds #YearInReview #BestOf2019

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