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Chincoteague Revisited

Jim Flowers | E-Mail | Updated 2-28-2011

Chincoteague Pony

Chincoteague Pony - Jim Flowers

The week of Thanksgiving coincides with the Assateague Island Waterfowl Week and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Open House. The event allows visitors all-day use of the Wildlife Loop by automobile instead of just a few hours after 3pm which is the norm for most of the year. This provides a special opportunity to visitors who may be physically challenged or have small children. The visitor center hosts a variety of ongoing programs and events. Special guided walks and tours are available on trails that are normally closed to the public. Overnight accommodations on the island can be plentiful and all at "off season" prices for great savings. Many of the excellent restaurants remain open year-round so everything for a great visit is just a few minutes from the refuge. However, when planning your trip, remember that all pets are prohibited entry into the refuge including those in your vehicle.

Late November is prime time for the majority of migrant waterfowl species that visit the refuge too. Canada geese, swans, brant, ducks, herons, egrets, oyster catchers, loons, grebes, plovers and winter songbirds abound creating a vast amount of photographic and viewing opportunities for the avian photographer and enthusiast. Thousands of Snow Geese fill the sky for a tremendous experience of sight and sound. The famous wild ponies of Assateague Island and other mammals will add variety to your visit and the lighthouse is another attraction that few visitors can resist.

Foggy Egrets

Foggy Egrets, Chincoteague NWR - Jim Flowers

My past visits to the area were primarily geared towards fishing the fantastic spring flounder run and then perhaps spending a few hours of birding on the refuge. This would be my first trip as a photographer and my first time to explore the wildlife loop and other areas in detail with ample time. I enjoyed 3 days of this event with four photographer friends and we all had a fantastic experience and captured hundreds of memories with our cameras.

Chincoteague Raccoon - Jim Flowers
Chincoteague Sike Elk - Jim Flowers
Chincoteague Tree Swallows - Jim Flowers
Chincoteague Yellow-rumped Warbler - Jim Flowers

Chincoteague Pony - Jim Flowers

Scenes from Chincoteague - Jim Flowers (Sika Elk, Raccoon, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Tree Swallows, and Pony)

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