Wednesday, November 18, 2015
John and I have visited New Orleans now several times. This time we benefited greatly having our niece Kat along as tour guide. Our first stop Monday was at Lafreniere Park, a park which Kat loves to visit because of the wildlife which can be found there. It was a first sighting for us of the black-bellied whistling duck.
There were many of them in the park, as well as ibis and sea gulls. A couple of nutria were also hanging around the birds. They are a rat-like invasive pest from South America, and look like musk rats. One other note here, Lafreniere for whom the park is named, was a leader of a colonial revolt in 1764. He protested the transfer of the French colony of New Orleans to Spain and was executed for his treason.