Over the last several days I had the good fortune of being able to speak to and meet tons of really great people from the Gulf States Camera Club Council in New Iberia, LA. I had a blast talking photography with them, shooting with them and enjoying the local Cajun cuisine.
I had arrived a day before the event started so I could visit this place I had heard so much about from other photographers, Cazan Lake. The lake has a pretty good sized rookery that several species of Egrets use, as well as some Rosette Spoonbills. I was excited at the chance to photograph baby birds in the nest. It appeared I was a bit early for Spoonbill babies, but there were several Egret babies begging their parents for food.
I quickly found out that it's not just the Cajun people in the area that enjoy a good crawfish, but the local Egrets, too. I was able to capture a few different images of Egret parents feeding the babies crawfish.
Cazan Lake is about an hour drive North of New Iberia, so I loaded up my gear and headed out so I could be there at sunrise. I had no idea what to expect when I got there. There was a small building upon arrival welcoming guests. I tried to go in and find out where I needed to go but the door was locked. Luckily a man pulled up in his pickup truck, advised me to put $10 in the drop box and gave me directions to the rookery. All I had was a $20, so that's what I put in there. I hope that man got the other $10 for helping me out.