There are few experiences quite as thrilling as seeing the wild Spanish Mustangs roaming freely on the beautiful sandy beaches of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Known as the Spanish Mustangs of Corolla, these stunning horses have roamed this harsh and unforgiving land for almost 500 years. Yet, despite the obvious obstacles they face and the seemingly sparse supply of food, they have thrived here since they first arrived with the Spanish explorers of the early 16th century.
Due to the cold weather the mustangs didn’t venture on to the beach, so we had to settle on seeing them on the dunes.
An egret gives company to a wild Spanish mustang at Corolla, North Carolina
Possibly the most celebrated among North Carolina’s wild horses are the Spanish mustangs of Corolla. These rugged and hardy wild horses are proven to be descendants of the Spanish mustangs brought to the New World by explorers and colonists as long ago as the early 1500’s. Admirers come to Corolla and Currituck in droves to marvel at these magnificent mustangs that run free in the eleven-mile long remote area bounded on the East by the Atlantic Ocean, on the West by Currituck Sound, and on the North and South by fences that stretch from ocean to sound.
It is interesting to see these mustangs between homes on the beach.
Sighting of a black bear on the side of Skyline Drive at Shenandoah National Park.
One of the many highlights of visiting Shenandoah National Park is the opportunity to observe and photograph wildlife – white-tailed deer, a wide variety of birds, and butterflies, and, with some frequency, black bears. Black bears estimated in a few hundreds are the only species of bear found in Shenandoah National Park.