I have been wanting to go to Pungo Lake for a few weeks now. On Friday, Mr. B and I both slept in (really unusual for him). We were sitting around having coffee and being lazy when I mentioned that I would like to go to Lake Mattamuskeet and stay the night in Washington (not DC 🙂 ) so that we could get to Pungo Lake early on Saturday. He told me to check to see if I could find a room, which I did. By 10:40, we were on our way!!
I am starting with Pungo Lake first, although we didn’t go there until Saturday morning. First things first, I was actually on the way to Pungo by the time that the sun was rising!! Those of you that have followed this blog know that early mornings are not my thing! *grin*We arrived at the lake and went to the Lookout Tower first. There were photographers lined up along the front with long lenses and tripods. This is what it looked like when we left – there were a LOT more when we arrived. The lake had Tundra Swans swimming around and beginning to leave to their feeding grounds. Besides the honking of the swans, all you could hear was click,click, click from all of the cameras. I took photos there and then Mr. B and I moved on down the road to see what we could find while the light was still good. Just a couple of miles and we found another spot where the swans were even closer. So were the photographers. There was some serious equipment out there that morning.Note to self – Weekends may not be the best day to go to Mattamuskeet OR Pungo if you like it more peaceful. There was a LOT of people around both days. Not all were photographers, of course. Many folks were bird watching and just enjoying the sights. I loved watching the swans coming off of the water. They start by honking, and then really splashing as they get up into the air. See the big splashes in the water behind them. Once they are on top of the water, it almost looks like they are running.
Mr. B and I ended up back at Mattamuskeet around lunch time where I took more photos of the ducks there. I will post those in another post. Then off we went to Pungo again. We really were hoping to see bears. Folks said that they had seen some when they were coming into the refuge but unfortunately, we didn’t see any. The sun was setting as we left Pungo for home. We had a couple of long days but really enjoyed our impromptu outing. Be sure to check back in a day or two to see what else we saw while there.#lakemattamuskeet #pungolake #birding #tundraswans