Sunrise on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Published 11:09 am Saturday, July 29, 2023
Wading in the shallow water on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, a black-necked stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) searches for food.
The soft light of the morning sunrise gives a peaceful feel to the scene.
Black-necked stilts spend a good portion of their day wading in shallow water to eat aquatic invertebrates, amphibians, tiny crustaceans, small fish and snails.
They eat larval mosquitoes, dragonflies, mayflies, grasshoppers, a variety of beetles and also crickets.