You could not ask for a better almost end of October day. Temps were around 75, very little wind and blue skies for most of the day. My friend and I left my house around 0330 and arrived at Lake Mattamuskeet just before sunrise and a beautiful one it was. As we were sitting up the cameras waiting and otter came swimming by. Oh for it to have been light! The sunrise was beautiful over the still water of the lake.
Birds came to life quickly. Already thousands of Northern Pintails, American Wigeons, Lesser Scaup, Northern Shovelers, Coots, Canada Geese, Mallards and many more are filling the lake. It is quite a sight to behold. Later in the afternoon a formation of Tundra Swan came flying over. We plan to go back in December when many more will have arrived.
Several deer were roaming in the marsh area unconcerned as they were surrounded by water.
Two adult eagles and their offspring were hanging around the back part of the lake. I had to take this through the scope as they were out of my camera lens range.
The young eagle took great pleasure in buzzing the ducks on the lakes and they would take off in one large group. The sound was of so many taking off together was amazing.
There were lots of cormorants around finding a snag to sun on and dry their feathers.