Sunday, October 18, 2009

Chincoteague: Part 8 The Wildlife

This post is just about the wildlife we saw on Chincoteague and Assateague. There is a loop in the state park that is open around 3 pm for about 2 hrs.Alot of our pictures were taken on the loop, or in the park.
The picture below however was taken in town - in front of a beauty parlor!  :)

The family below look like tiny deer, but they are actually Sika Asian Elk. The trade mark of the sika is the bright white shield on its rump - a powder-puff behind.

Sikas are 2 to 2 1/2  feet at the shoulder, weighing about sixty to eighty pounds - little guys.
I love the picture below, all lined in a row!  It was 2 parents, and two offspring. One is not pictured here.

They think there are over 1100 Sikas on the island.

Bri spotted this little snake as we were riding through the loop at the park. He was very tiny.
(Nonetheless, I was glad I was IN the van--and he was OUT)

Can you see the very well camoflauged bird below?

The cute guy in the picture below is an otter! We were fortunate to see him as they are rarely spotted.
Sorry, I couldn't get a closer shot of him--he was fast, and shy.

A well concealed bunny.

I spied this little green frog--he's cute!

Bri spotted this gorgeous fox on top of this boat! We figured there must have been a mouse or something inside the canvas and he was trying to figure out how to get it!

These Sika elk were up near the administration building right along the road--very bold!

The little squirrel below is endangered.

Chincoteague/Assateague Islands were a great choice for our family, we love the wildlife! :)

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