I have spent the last week in one of the best places for birding on the entire Atlantic Flyway in North Carolina’s Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge. In this sparse landscape of water, sky, and grass punctuated by pine and pond cypress, waterfowl from as far away as the Arctic Circle indulge in a feast that lasts from late November through early February.
Lake Mattamuskeet, the largest natural lake in North Carolina, is actually nothing more than a shallow depression that collects rainwater; it has no natural inlet or outlet. According to Native American legend, the depression was formed by a peat fire that burned for 13 moons. These shallow waters encourage the growth of aquatic plants which nourish the tens of thousands of waterfowl that visit Lake Mattamuskeet every winter.
Canon EOS 1D MKIII, EF 70-200mm F2.8 IS USM L lens, Gitzo Tripod