November 8-10, 2002 I joined fellow members of the local Audubon Society
for a weekend trip to Lake Matamuskeet in far eastern North Carolina.
Thousands of migratory
birds winter there in this very large shallow lake - deepest is 4 1/2
Several thousand Tundra Swans from northern Canada were there.
This first image shows several hundreds of them flying up from the lake.
They looked like popcorn flying.
At lunch we stopped at the National Wildlife Refuge center for a pit
stop and to
use the picnic tables. The birders didn't stop.
Saturday evening after identifying over 70 species of birds in one day,
stopped along the north/south causeway that crosses Matamuskeet to enjoy
the sunset which was a doozy!
On Sunday mornign we woke to clouds. It had rained during the night.
morning sky at Belhaven, where we stayed in a B&B was quite wonderful.
Sunday we went to Goose Neck State Park which is west of Matamuskeet
about a 40 minute drive.
The park has 7 hiking trails, each through different kinds of ecosystems
-- pine forest,
mixed swampy, live oaks with spanish moss, etc. The park also sports
new education center, a swimming beach and primitive camp site for tents.
As the other birders found dozens of species of birds, I concentrated
on the flora around us which was
quite wonderful. One small fauna was caught midst some Poisen Ivy
you will see several photos down from here.
Backlit leaves of Cat Tail plant
Wild Grape vine in Pine Tree canopy
On large Cat Briar leaf suspended and back lit
A small sprite peeks out from Poisen Ivy leaves
Poisen Ivy - red
Poisen Ivy - yellow
This Cat Tail rush is too big to fit, but isn't the detail fun to see
Overnight work of a local Beaver on Maple Tree
Cat tails and grasses
That's all folks! Love, Anne