Took a trip to Eastern NC, to Lake Mattamuskeet. It is the location of Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge as well as surrounding public and private lands in eastern North Carolina are a major wintering site for waterfowl including ducks like northern pintail and green-wing teal, geese like Canada geese and tundra swans.
This is a century-old hunting lodge on Lake Mattamuskeet. Mattamuskeet Lodge first opened as a pumping station in 1914 in an attempt to drain the lake and replace it with farmland and a town called New Holland. The federal government ended that experiment when it bought the property in the 1930s, and the building was converted to a hunting lodge, with an observation tower that resembles a lighthouse.
It was closed in 2010 when engineers found structural damage so severe that the second-floor ballroom could collapse under the weight of an event.
Renovations scheduled (legislated) to be complete by June 30, 2018. No estimate on when it will be opened to the public.
A Great Egret and a Beaver working together to find a meal:
More photos in the Lake Mattamuskeet gallery.