Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

The sky was grey to boring blue with very few clouds but the Refuge was electrifying with the promise of Waterfowl and Wild Ponies. All the way from New Jersey we anticipated an abundance of Wildlife after all that was the purpose of this Road Trip. The “hunt” the thrill of finding game. A deep human psychological emotion that drives us. Our choice of weapons were the NIKON Camera with zoom lenses.
We arrived late afternoon and immediately entered the Refuge. Because it was after 3pm we were allowed to drive on the three mile wildlife loop normally closed to automobiles. On the last mile of the loop we saw two lonely Ponies grazing in the distant wetlands. They were right on the edge of my lens capability but a team of Wild Ponies couldn’t stop me from shooting.

Distant Ponies Grazing
Distant Ponies Grazing

By 5:15am the next morning I was setting up for a Sunrise image of the wetlands. You could see the beach from my perspective but I wanted to show a reduced silhouette of the wetland plants with the sunrise colors in the background.

Chincoteague Sunrise
Chincoteague Sunrise

After meeting up with Mary we went back into the Refuge on Bicycles and again rode the 3 mile wildlife loop. Would you believe it, same spot, same Wild Ponies, only this time they were right next to the road. As we rode our bikes through out the Refuge we chanced upon a herd of Wild Ponies on the Woodland Trail deep in the Black Duck Marsh. They were to far to photograph so we set back and watched them. We needed to get lucky and just as we were leaving Mary spotted another herd heading towards us. Check out the Ponies in the gallery.

I was hoping for glowing, golden morning light images of waterfowl but it didn’t happen. The water levels were low so the water fowl were in the canals lined with trees and brush limiting visibility and reducing the available light. Just being there was energizing so I was happy to take what I could.

We had a fantastic trip full of fun and surprises and said good bye knowing we would return in November for the Snow Geese.

Chincoteague Sunset
Chincoteague Sunset

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