Friday, November 1, 2013

John Snell/WVUE piece on Roseate Spoonbills

WVUE in New Orleans ran a good piece last night on Roseate Spoonbills, discussing the history of their demise and recovery, and occurrence in the canals in the metro area.

I recently took John Snell around to find some in the canals along West Metairie Ave and Airline.  The canal he is standing in is along Airline, the first bridge west of Lester (we found a spoonbill there- it is in the piece, foraging next to a concrete slab).  The first shot of me talking is at Lafreniere Park (no spoonbills there at the time).

Most of the nesting footage I suspect was at Lake Martin near Lafayette, but I'm not sure.  He also incorporated foraging shots he took in Bayou Sauvage NWR in New Orleans East, where he found 20-30 earlier in the season.

There were still spoonbills in the canals, as of two days ago on Airline by Lester.  They seem to be more regular there now than in the West Metairie canal.


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