South Farm is a part of Sherburne Widlife Management Area in the Atchafalaya Basin of Louisiana. For a few months each year, the ponds at South Farm are open to the public for catching crawfish, the ultimate Cajun delicacy. (http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/29745) These ponds also provide feeding habitat year-round for many species of wading birds. We made our first visit to South Farm earlier this month and were quite successful in seeing and photographing several bird species.
To get from the parking lot to the ponds, we first had to hike half a mile on a graveled ATV road. Alongside the road was a wide water-filled ditch with tall trees on the opposite side. At one point, every time we walked another hundred feet or so down the road, a different juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron would fly out of the trees and away from the road as fast as possible. However, one of these herons decided to fly rather close to the road.
Unlike the other herons, this one decided to cross the road and land on the grass shoulder not far behind me. I was able to turn around and slowly approach it while it posed for me for about a minute.
Of course, the more I photographed the heron, the more attention it paid me,
until it had enough of my bothersome ways and flew off. Of the seven or eight of these herons we saw, this was the only one that wasn’t camera shy.
The location from which these photos were taken is shown on the map below. Zoom in for more detail.