3 Hour Photo Trip – Jean Lafitte Park

 

Jean Lafitte park, LA.  This will probably be my last blog of Jean Lafitte park from our vacation.  I wish I could show you all of the pictures we took, because they are all simply beautiful, but that would just be overwhelming.

My featured photograph is one of my favorites.  It reminds me of a group photo of a bunch of kids.  Someone is telling all the kids how to pose and where to look, and they’re all doing it properly…except my kid.  Who is defiantly looking the wrong direction.  But what a great shot of a group Black Bellied Whistling Ducks!  What a wonderful looking bird, but the sound they make is completely different from any duck I’ve ever heard.  You have to Google their calls, they sound more like a song sparrow than a duck.

Then there’s the Yellow Crowned Night Heron in the top of the tree.  What a shot!  He is so proudly on display over the small swamp area…king of the hill.  And somewhat rightfully so, because you can see his raw beauty and look of determination.

Monica got a great shot of one of the White Ibis.  Often you want to get a close up of the subject bird and have the background blurred – this effect is called Bokeh.  But she chose to use a wider angle shot and was able to get the surrounding scenery and background more clear and in focus, and it really set the photo off.  One of my favorite White Ibis shots we got that morning.

Lastly, my Great Blue Heron in flight.  It was early morning and not quite bright enough for a fast enough shutter speed for a crisp and clear “freezing” of him in flight, but this was still a pretty awesome shot.  Just looking at this photo for a moment and I can again hear his wings beating against the wind and watching him go faster and faster right on by me.

We missed one bird that we wanted to get on the trip:  the Roseate Spoonbill.  We will be making another trip sometime to the southern coast to get some shots of this guy, but for now, he has eluded us once again.  At least that gives us the excuse to go south maybe for a getaway weekend this winter, enjoy some sun and finally get the spoonbill in my camera sights.

Make sure to hit the “Like” button, share my blog page with all your friends, and leave me a comment on what you like and maybe some of your experiences shooting these birds.  Until next time, Enjoy Our Wonderful World!

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