Alligator River/Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
P. O. Box 1969
Manteo, North Carolina 27954

Contact: Bonnie Strawser - 252-473-1131

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News Release

October 25, 2010

Wings Over Water offers several photography classes

The 2010 Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival, a six-day celebration of the wild side of the Outer Banks of North Carolina is set for Nov. 9-14.

This year there are plenty of opportunities to learn how to capture the moment so it can be enjoyed again later. The festival includes several photography programs designed for both the beginner and the experienced photographer. And there are programs designed for children and have family-friendly prices.

Professional photographer Mark Buckler will teach participants how to catch the morning light and explore Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in search of birds to photograph. Various wading birds, fall migrants, waterfowl and shorebirds are likely. Participants also can take advantage of the diverse scenery, flora and fauna along the way.

Or some may decide to spend time with local photographer Mike Halminski in his gallery in Waves. Learn about digital photography process and workflow. A trip to the beach will be included to look for flocks of shorebirds to photograph. Focus will be on feeding and flight behavior of individual birds and flocks.

For those who enjoy road trips, join Mark Buckler, for a fun and educational outing. This will be a casual tour of various photographic locations from Bodie Island Light to Hatteras Light. Photographic subjects will range from the iconic to the abstract.

Lori Cash will lead three programs designed with families in mind. A not-to-be-missed program will teach children how to take successful photographs of animals and scenes on historic Island Farm. Established in 1783 by Jessie Etheridge, this living-history farm has historic buildings and grazing livestock that will provide unique photographic opportunities.

Sunsets are always a favorite with photographers and Cash will provide a program on North Pond Trail on Pea Island that will give participants a chance to learn basic techniques of digital nature photography while exploring and photographing the diverse scenery, birds, flora and the sunset.

Lighthouses, museums and area historic attractions also are hosting programs this year. These offerings will both inspire and intrigue participants with the unique heritage of the Outer Banks.

This festival is traditionally set during the "shoulder season" when rates are lower for accommodations, traffic is light and the weather is mild. To learn more about the Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival call 252-216-9464 or go to

Wings Over Water is sponsored by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society, Carolina Bird Club, Roanoke Island Festival Park and the Outer Banks Sentinel.

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