Travels

Mid-Winter Wildlife at Duck

It's mid-winter on the Outer Banks. The holidays are gone, almost no one's renting houses, and most businesses are shuttered until late March. Very few occupied houses and no street lights mean dark nights. All of that adds up to the sort of quiet that makes the wildlife bolder. In December and January, the deer have returned and we had a visitor -- a gray fox. All of the information that I could find says that gray foxes on the beach are rare... but we had one nestled in the dune for a few days.

Great blue heron on a stick
Near a restaurant in town, there's a telephone pole stuck in the Currituck Sound with an osprey next platform atop it.  The ospreys are gone for the season, so I was surprised to see something BIG on the platform.  It was a great blue heron, surprisingly.  They're usually pretty skittish, but I guess this one knew he was safe, so I got a few shots.
Near a restaurant in town, there's a telephone pole stuck in the Currituck Sound with an osprey next platform atop it. The ospreys are gone for the season, so I was surprised to see something BIG on the platform. It was a great blue heron, surprisingly. They're usually pretty skittish, but I guess this one knew he was safe, so I got a few shots.
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