A gray fox! This is a first of this species for me, and I literally had the animal come to me as I was setting the camera!
I apologize for the overexposure, but this little guy came very close to the camera, and the flash is VERY bright so it's washed out. I reset the camera, and hung it a foot off the ground, so hopefully he'll come back :)
Gray fox again?
American Robin- another new species!
Ok, onto what I did today.
I slept in, and it was wonderful. Still feeling the effects of driving 10.5 hours, getting up early yesterday, and just generally loving being on vacation. Once we got moving, and out of the house we headed for Roanoke Island to check out the aquarium. This aquarium had very neat exhibits focusing on all of the diverse types of wetlands found in and around the 'banks.
River otter sunbathing in their exhibit
Red snapper (I think)
Mady at the touch tanks with rays in it! Very strange feeling, slimy...but kind of rough like sand paper.
Shark tank...floor to ceiling and wall to wall...VERY COOL!
After the aquarium, we spent our afternoon shopping and sightseeing along the Croatan Highway. We stopped back at the house briefly to grab sweatshirts and grab all of our "gear" and headed back out to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge for a crepuscular drive all the Wildlife Drive. It was a BEAUTIFUL, cloudless, sunny day with the makings for a gorgeous sunset.
I counted 14 Turkey Vultures!
Myself and Mady @ ARNWR 3/11/2012, 6:35pm
We got back in the car....only to drive a quarter mile and SLAM on the breaks and jump out of the car because we found...
A BLACK BEAR!
TB, I have to thank you for sending us good BEAR JU-JU last night in your comment on yesterday's entry!
After watching her for awhile, we decided to move on a look for more critters. We made a left and found this National Geographic moment...the black bear grazing in the light from the sunset. A truly awe-inspiring moment for us both. And this was Mady' 1st wild BB!
Another awesome day on the Outer Banks! Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.