Photo Credit: Rebecca Harrison, USFWS
Caption: If you like wading in shallow water most of your day, then you have something in common with the Black-necked Stilt. These birds eat a variety of beetles, flies, mosquitoes, crickets, small fish, snails, and aquatic, snails, amphibians, crustaceans and invertebrates. A great place to view them is along Highway 12 in front of South Pond or from the new viewing platform near the South Pond gate/pole shed road (app 1 mile south of Pea Island Refuge Visitor Center).
Visit National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island. Open 7 days a week 9 am-4 pm Mon-Sat & Noon-4 pm Sun. Admission is free. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Alligator_River/
USE YOUR MANNERS and BASIC COMMON SENSE! For the safety of yourself and your family, as well as the wildlife you are viewing, ALWAYS VIEW FROM A SAFE DISTANCE! If you see a change in the behavior of the wildlife (they move away, etc), you are TOO CLOSE! And. remember: all traffic laws apply on Refuge roads. Seat belts, car seats for children, etc. - whatever is required by the State on a public highway is required on the Refuge! Learn more about tips for safety during bear encounters at http://bearwise.org/bear-safety-tips/bear-encounter/