Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge Fall Afternoon Wildlife Photos

Bayou Sauvage is one of my favorite places in the New Orleans area to get away from the city but still be within a half hour drive.  It was a perfect fall afternoon for hanging out on the Madere Marsh overlook; one of the best places in New Orleans to see shorebirds.  The variety was a little slim today with a number of Black-necked Stilts, Least Sandpipers and Lesser Yellowlegs but the real treat was a flock of twenty-two American Avocet feeding about 100′ off the overlook!american avocet - 2014.10.19 - Bayou Sauvage NWR, Louisiana


The Coastal Ridge Trail is always a beautiful walk and although I didn’t expect to see anything at 4 in the afternoon, I was pretty happy to see a House Wren just as I walked wren - 2014.10.19 - Bayou Sauvage NWR


Gulf Fritillary Butterflies (not shown) were still out in force but the highlight of my afternoon was this Common Buckeye. common buckeye - 2014.10.19 - Bayou Sauvage NWR, Louisiana

Carolina Anoles (not pictured) and Five-Lined Skinks could be seen scattering for cover as I walked down the boardwalk.five-lined skink - 2014.10.19 - Bayou Sauvage NWR, Louisiana

A Common Green Darner.common green darner - 2014.10.19 - Bayou Sauvage NWR, Louisiana


A Black-and-White Warbler hopped from limb to limb in the thick underbrush beside the trail.  black-and-white warbler - 2014.10.19 - bayou sauvage NWR, Louisiana


Common Yellowthroats were everywhere this afternoon.  I was finally able to photograph a female although I saw two of the brilliantly marked males. common yellowthroat - 2014.10.19 - Bayou Sauvage NWR, Louisiana