Photo of the Day – Great Egret Chicks

great egret chicks

Great Egret chicks
Lake Pontchartrain marsh – April 18, 2014

The shores of western Lake Pontchartrain have taken brutal beatings due to inundation with salt water during recent storms like Katrina (2005), Rita (2005), Gustav (2008) and Issac (2012). The quintessential swampy corridor of Interstate 10 that once welcomed visitors to New Orleans has been visibly lessened as open water has chomped its way into the marsh and scraggly toothpicks of dead cypress replace the once haunting Spanish moss draped swamp. It really makes you think about the tenacity of life to see these great egret chicks sitting in a nest in a stunted cypress tree so out in the open, that we were able to drive a boat right past.

That, and the fact that they look like a cute little feathered Cerberus.