Yesterday I took a boat trip east of Morgan City to scout for next week’s Eagle Expo. A beautiful day, sunshine with a few wispy clouds and birds everywhere. The Terrebonne Parish marshes are chocked full of all kinds of birds this time of year and the national symbol is nesting in force. I visited three of the seventy plus nest that exist in this parish. All had young birds. I estimate they were about 7 inches tall when standing in site at the edge. It makes me happy that the bald eagle has come back so well since the well-known synthetic insecticide DDT put the whammy on eagles, osprey, brown pelicans and other fish eating birds. In 1975 there were only seven known bald eagle nests in the state.
On my nineteen mile boat ride I saw and photographed three kinds of egrets, anhingas, common moorhens, American coots, white ibis, yellow-rumped warblers as well as the bald eagle. I was preparing for my eagle photography workshop, on February 9 in Morgan City. It’s part of Eagle Expo, a three day events celebrating this majestic bird. Seven years old now and getting better every year. Besides my workshop there are lots of activities and speakers. The Banquet will feature Ann McCutchan, author of River Music, An Atchafalaya Story, and Earl Robichaux, who has preserved and celebrates the sounds of the basin. Michael Sealy, Donna Dittman, Steve Cardiff, and Reese Lukei, Jr. will speak on a variety of bird subjects. You can find out more about it : HERE.