Pointe des Chenes Wildlife Management Area

Sunset in the swamp.

Sunset in the swamp.


This is the route I took. Open this map full screen.

Last week I explored the Pointe des Chene Wildlife Management Area. It is about an hour and a half south of New Orleans and covers an area of 33,488 acres. I managed to walk a stretch of about five miles.

Pointe des Chenes is teeming with wildlife and birds. For a newbie like myself this is good news. I was able to identify most of the large birds, their size makes them easy to spot and identify. Seeing Great Blue Herons, American Pelicans, Great Egrets, and more ducks than I can count or identify was great fun.

For now, I’ll settle for the easy birds. After all, never having done this on my own even they presented a fun challenge. Book in one hand, binoculars in the other I set out to identify the birds I was seeing. All kinds of little birds and medium birds dashed about in the tall grass in every direction but the big ones kindly stood still and let me take in a long, easy look so I could discover who they are.

In future trips I expect to learn more about the little birds.

I learned a few things this trip. First, wading pants might be useful. Second, a kayak would be a lot of fun. Third, I need to get a longer lens.

Here are some pictures I made of the landscape. I hope you enjoy them.

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