Thursday, June 18, 2015

Shackleford Banks

Shackleford Banks is part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore; it is the southernmost island in the park. Barden's Inlet is at the east end, with Beaufort Inlet at the west.

Shackleford is one of Leece's favorite places.

Here are a few shots of our most recent visit, in June 2015:

At the west end of Shackleford, with Beaufort Inlet in the background.

Some of the famous Shackleford ponies. They have a Facebook page.

Snowy egret. The island is a haven for a large number of shore and marsh birds.

Leece in the dunes behind the maritime forest.

Looking up the island, ocean-side, to the Cape Lookout lighthouse on Core Banks.

New foal on the western end.

Looking across Barden's Inlet to the lighthouse on Core Banks.

Shelling in the shallows, in the bight of Cape Lookout, east end of Shackleford.

Juvenile laughing gull probing for eats.

Sand dollar heaven.