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Bird and Sunset Photography at Lake Martin, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

  • Mar 8, 2014 · 3:00 PM
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Lake Martin is located about 2.5 hours drive from the New Orleans area. It is a cypress swamp and has one the largest concentration of migratory birds in the world. You can read more about it at http://www.lakemartinla.com/. I have spoken with Bryan Champagne, who is a tour operator at Lake Martin. You can read about him at http://champagnesswamptours.com/ . He will do a custom tour for us lasting approximately 3 hours and for around 20 members in the boat. The boat holds 26 people, but for ease of photography, 20 is better. He will charge $30 per person for this 3 hour tour. His regular tours are $20 person for 2 hours. But you will be with others and on a set route. In our case, he will take us more towards birds so that we can photograph birds and then end with sunset photography of the cypress swamps. I have not worked it out yet with Rebecca, but we may have to pay more than $30 per person, if this site charges more for paid events. Either way, this gives you an idea. Also, if you sign up for this event, you will be required to make the payment and if you do not show up and we can't find a substitute, there will be no refund. The tour operators are giving us this price because he wants to make $600 for this trip. If we have less than 20 members, then the price will go up. I will need to know within the next week so that I can finalize the tour with the operator. I will also update any news here after I talk to Rebecca. Not mentioned in the tour website, is that this is peak Bald Eagle season. I spoke with the tour operator and learned that there are Bald Eagles in the Atchafalaya area and if we are lucky we maybe able to see and photograph Bald Eagles, Ospreys and owls in addition to the shore birds shown in the tour operator's website. I have been trying to set up a tour just to photograph Bald Eagles but haven't been successful with another tour operator. Anyway, this will give us a great opportunity to see Cajun country and photograph birds and nature. For bird photography, size of the lens matters :). The longer the focal length of the lens the better it is. In my mind, you need at least a 200mm or longer lens. You will also need a moderate wide angle if you want to shoot landscapes. I hope to see at least 20 people sign up for this trip so that our cost per person are minimized. If you all want to have a Cajun dinner after the shoot, we can stop by at some local restaurant there and enjoy a group dinner. I have been trying to set this one up for a long time and I am hoping that this time it works and weather holds up. I am setting up the date as March 8, 2014. The sunset is at 6:08pm, so the tour will start around 3:00pm that day. Hope to see you all there.

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  • Amanda G.

    It was great!

    March 10, 2014

  • Cathy G

    excellent

    March 10, 2014

  • Cathy G

    What a beautiful spot for a meet-up. We first had a Zydeco Breakfast at Cafe' Des Amis what a fun time we had there. The food and music was outstanding. The swamp tour was great also and we really enjoyed it. Thanks Amritendu Maji for organizing this event you did and excellent job.

    2 · March 10, 2014

  • Jp

    I would have never gone to Breaux Bridge. The town was interesting. Everything was organized. I thought the price was right. I would have liked it better if it wasnt so cloudy. But overall it was a great experiance. Many thanks to the organizer for taking the time to put this on. Looking forward to attending more events.

    1 · March 9, 2014

    • Amritendu M.

      Thank you for your kind words. We all had fun and want to do more such meetups in the future.

      March 9, 2014

  • Jp

    Fantastic experience. Thanks to the organizer for taking the time to put this together.

    March 9, 2014

  • Elodie C.

    Really enjoyed this tour; the area is beautiful. Only thing that would have made it better would have been for the gorgeous Roseate Spoonbills to have made an appearance :-)!

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Amritendu M.

    Great location. Had a lot of fun.

    March 8, 2014

  • Patrick

    Decided to skip out on dinner. Had a great time! Thank you.

    March 8, 2014

  • Jeremey G.

    Kasia and I are here. She's the red head with a pink T-shirt on and I have a striped grey long sleeve shirt on. We are at the little store. Where is everybody?

    March 8, 2014

  • Amritendu M.

    Based on Randal's comments and what I have read till date about Lake Martin, I would like to add the following comments/activities to the trip. Please let me know what you think.
    1. We meet at the Boat Landing/Parking at 1pm for those who want to walk around the Lake and photograph. A complete walk around will take more than 2 hours, so we will have to restrict ourselves to about a mile or so. I am not sure if the "walking only" trail will be open in March as it maybe gator nesting season. We don't want to be chased by mama gators!!!
    2. We meet back at the Boat Landing at 3pm for the boat trip. It will last about 3 hours or till around sunset. We will photograph birds and then the sunset in the Cypress Swamp.
    3. Those who are interested in having dinner, here are a few options and my comments. Please let me know which one you are interested if you want to have a group dinner.

    February 17, 2014

    • Amritendu M.

      Huang, you can come. Roberta told me that she cannot so that position opened up.

      March 8, 2014

    • Katrina P.

      Approaching Baton Rouge now. The weather is GORGEOUS!!! Jeremey and I will be there at 1, and dinner sounds great! We're not picky, so whatever the group decides. I've really been looking forward to this trip. As you all know, I run the ONLY bird rescue in the NOLA area, so birds are my passion!

      March 8, 2014

  • William A E.

    Hello Brian, and all. I'm back from my trip to Spain, and will be attending the Meetup for this weekend. I will taking my 6 passenger Dodge Durango. I don't mind picking folks up in a central location, just give me time and location. If the Durango is full, there is still space for gear behind the last line of seats. Brian, give me a call at[masked] for the plans. Today I'll be home mostly all day, I have a ton of travel laundry, and getting things back in order. Bill

    March 6, 2014

    • Bryan

      Bill, Please contact Maji for any coordination of this event. He is the event host, and is handling the event. Yo can also communicate carpooling via this comments section. Unfortunately, we are not able to attend.

      March 7, 2014

  • Cathy G

    Live Music
    John Wilson
    March 08, 2014, 08.30am - 11:30 am
    Show Info
    Zydeco Breakfast
    Cafe' Des Amis
    140 E Bridge St, Breaux Bridge, LA[masked]
    [masked]

    March 7, 2014

  • Patrick

    If anyone can't make it, I would be interested in attending. Thank you.

    March 2, 2014

    • Amritendu M.

      Patrick, there is still one place available. Please contact Bryan to see and pay. He had asked someone else but I am not sure if she signed up.

      March 2, 2014

  • Roberta D.

    I live in Destrehan and would be interested in carpooling .
    Is a monopod allowed on the boat? I have a 500mm lens as well as the 300 mm with 1.4 TC . I can handhold the 300 without issue but do need the monopod for the 500.

    February 19, 2014

    • Amritendu M.

      Roberta, I am not sure how the boat is but I have a feeling that we can't use monopods/tripods in the boat. However, bring it and maybe can do some photography before 3pm, when we can walk/drive around the lake shore.

      February 19, 2014

  • William A E.

    I would think a Canon EF[masked] "L" lens would be just fine.

    February 17, 2014

  • randal p.

    I'd bring tripod as there is lots to shoot from road around lake including good nesting birds and gators. No room in flat boats for tripod jus leave it in ur car. Lake is small n ur gonna wanna walk the perimeter.
    Tricolor heron , little green heron cattle egret, great egret and the supreme roseate spoonbills!
    May want to bring mosquito repellent at times they're bad, but I've never had them ruin the sights.
    Had to cancel as my mother inlaws bday n she's visiting us! Oh joy!
    From the shore ring road you'll b happy if u have reeeeallly long lens. Have gotten some good shots at 400mm birds used to be very close to road but lake was drained way down and gators are scarce around perimeter. No gators no birds nesting. Gators eliminate predation from fox, coon an other mammals. In return they get to eat birds that fall ,
    Have a great time.

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • William A E.

    I've not been to Lake Martin before, and plan on bringing my new Tamron SP[masked]mm VC USM lens, and a Canon EF[masked]mm f4 IS USM lens, and possibly a Canon EF-S 10-22 USM for some landscape photos. My wife has backed out on going on this outing. So, I'll have an extra see in the Durango. It can take 6 more plus gear. I'll be traveling West from the Westbank. I will not be able to return emails for rides after 2/19 to March 4. I'll be photographing in Spain.

    February 15, 2014

    • Amritendu M.

      That sounds like a nice birding kit. Good luck with your trip to Spain.

      February 15, 2014

  • randal p.

    I've been lucky enough to shoot lake Martin many times when the rookery was in full glory! It varies of course but 8 mar may be early to find the birds building nests, but the spoonbills and heron will take your breath away when the sun goes thru their outstretched wings. The gators on this lake are the size of dinosaurs .
    In town les amis is great place to eat.
    I live in Metairie and will be happy to carpool ...we can see how many coming from this area so we fill the cars going.
    Randal

    3 · February 8, 2014

    • Cathy G

      Did you get an answer back on what equipment would best be used? Thanks Cathy

      February 15, 2014

    • Amritendu M.

      Cathy, I did not get any answer back. I think as the shooting is from a boat with other photographers in it, one should plan to take the longest lens that she/he has that can be she/he shoot handheld. A Nikon 300/4+1.4x on a crop body would be a great example of such a combo.

      February 15, 2014

  • Katrina P.

    I'm really excited about this one! I've never been on a boat tour before so am really looking forward to this one!

    February 14, 2014

  • Cathy G

    Hi Rebecca, Bev is having trouble with her email at this time, can you please delete her +1, She will be attending with me. Thanks again Cathy Goutierrez

    February 9, 2014

  • Patricia

    Sounds like a great opportunity - however, for it to be affordable, I can only go if we have enough people to meet the $20 price, plus opportunity to carpool and share gas costs.

    February 7, 2014

    • Amritendu M.

      Patricia, it is $30 per person as it is a customized trip for 3 hours. You can take a regular trip with the operator for $20, but it will not be a customized trip for photography only. I will be driving there with my wife. So, I will have two more seats in my car available. As I am from Kenner and will drive west, anyone who wants to meet me in Kenner/Metairie, I will give them a ride back and forth. However, we will probably leave just after lunch and have dinner on the way. So, anyone traveling with us, will have the same schedule.

      1 · February 7, 2014

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