Friday, July 20, 2012
Heron hangout harkens thousands
This is the place to find out. Last night was the 4th time I have visited the spot along I-10 at the Lacassine exit. Three times it looked like this; once there were no birds. I think I have it figured out now -- they all start congregating here about an hour and a half before sunset. Don't come in the middle of the day.
This time, like the others, there were thousands of herons -- Ibis, Cattle Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Blue Herons, Comorants and even some shore gulls passed by ( but didn't land).
The spot is in the northwest corner of the intersection on the service road (not on the I-10 on-ramp). Just as you come onto the service road and negotiate the sharp turn, there is a small industrial facility (looks like a sand operation). The trees behind it are where the herons hang out. They literally fill the trees and keep coming by the hundreds. They fill the trees behind the facility first and then spill out toward the I-10 as the sun goes down and room on the limbs runs out.
You can easily get a solid half hour to an hour of shooting photos in, depending on your lenses, the clouds and what ISO you want to go to. I shot this at 800 and about 1/500 sec. I was using a lens equivalent to 450mm. If you have better glass, this would be a real treat.