Mouton Cove Rice Field Roost at Sunset
One of my favorite places for birding in the oppressive heat of summer is the community of Mouton Cove, Louisiana. The working wetlands are in a period of transition from summer rice and the flooded fields are drained which coincides perfectly with the fall southward migration of millions of birds. In the evenings, you can drive the roads between bermed fields and see thousands of wading birds, shorebirds and gulls.
The photo above was taken this time last year over a pond where I had just seen my lifer Neotropic Cormorant. It was sunset and the birds were starting to gather in the lonely trees between fields and a nice woman with a raccoon greeted me on the road and invited me to walk around her property and enjoy this little slice of paradise.