Images from the Rookery at Jefferson Island, near New Iberia, Louisiana. Shot May 28, 2009, with Canon XH A1. Species include Tri-color Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, White Ibis, Cormorant and American Alligator.
There are three ponds at Jefferson Island. Their primary function is to provide irrigation water to a nearby landscape nursery. The Cypress, Tupelo and Button Bush grow up naturally.
The role of the alligator is key to the functioning of the rookery as alligators keep raccoons, minks, rats and other predatory animals away from the nests. In exchange they get an occasional chick fallen from the nest or an unwary adult fishing in the surrounding moat.