Pair of northern pintail ducks
Taking flight from one of the impoundments at Lake Mattamuskeet.
The lake is part of the National Wildlife Refuge system.
We are blessed by this 50,180 acre refuge and its diverse wildlife.

WALK1017 02-19-16 @ 09-53-33 Mattamuskeet pintail pair flight

Fish for breakfast for Kate in 4 quick steps:
1) Kate sees Petruchio catching a fish and starts hollering for her food.
2) Petruchio flies into the nest from behind Kate,
flies over her back and drops the fish.
3) He pauses for a split second at the rim of the nest.
4) He is off again for more food.
time elapsed: 17 seconds

WALK7684 01-31-16 @ 09-32-03 New Hope Kate Petruchio

WALK7687 01-31-16 @ 09-32-07 New Hope Kate Petruchio

WALK7691 01-31-16 @ 09-32-11 New Hope Kate Petruchio

WALK7693 01-31-16 @ 09-32-20 New Hope Kate Petruchio

yesterday my friend and I were bundled top to bottom
wondering out loud why the heck we were at the water’s edge
wind dropping the temperature way below comfortable
when this eagle appeared
oblivious to the cold, only thought: fish

WALK9428 02-10-16 @ 15-59-15 Haw eagle fishing 1

Oft times the great blue heron appears to be grey.
As he successfully fished this afternoon, his shades of blue more than matched his name.

WALK8668 02-05-16 @ 16-52-49 Haw gbh fishing