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Lake Martin @ Sunrise

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This stunning lake is about 10 miles outside of Lafayette Louisiana. I didn't have the best of conditions (lots of wind) while I was there, but the photo potential of this lake is endless.

  

Below is some more Lake Martin info I found in Outdoor Photographer Magazine.

 

"Located within the Cypress Island Preserve near Lafayette, La., the Lake Martin Rookery is a bird-watcher’s paradise. The lake offers a unique habitat that attracts nearly 60 percent of all U.S. bird species to a scenic forest of oak, cypress and tupelo trees. The lake was formed in the early 1950s by a levee that was built around 765 acres of swampland. The birds started nesting in small numbers, and in 1989, more than 12,000 pairs of white ibises built their nests there. Many believe that one of the main reasons the lake became so popular with the wading birds is the resident alligators that keep predators such as raccoons away from the nesting areas.

 

Sightings include great egrets, roseate spoonbills, cattle egrets, little and great blue herons, snowy egrets, tricolored herons, black- and yellow-crowned night herons, barred owls, red-shouldered hawks, anhinga, cormorants and American white ibis. On rare occasions, nesting bald eagles have been spotted from fishing and tour boats out on the lake.

 

The rookery is a short 20-minute drive from Lafayette. Take Highway 94 toward Breaux Bridge and turn right at the stoplight onto Highway 353. Drive about five miles until you see a sign for “Lake Martin Rookery Road” on the left. This road makes a half-circle around one end of the lake and continues as a walking trail around the other."

 

-Outdoor Photographer Magazine. Written by Joe Todd

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Taken on March 29, 2012