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Welcome to Moore To See Photo Expeditions..

..where we will help you discover the Virginia Beach most people never see!

Campbell's Landing - Back BayCampbell's LandingJanuary 2017 - Back Bay froze over.

Tours

We offer private tours of Back Bay, Knott's Island Bay, and the North Landing River and tributaries (Pocaty R., BlackWater R., Milldam Cr., Snake Cr., Walnut Cr.).

We also offer special tours to a local rookery just over the border in North Carolina accessible only by boat. The rookery has large populations of Great Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Tricolored Egrets, and two Osprey nests.

Private tours of Back Bay, Knott's Island Bay, the rookery and the North Landing River and tributaries run for 3 hours, although they may run a bit longer depending on interest. Tour rates are for the boat - not per person. 1-4 guests per tour. Day trips and overnight stays to False Cape State Park will also be offered on various dates. Dates will be announced.

Birds and Brunch - A unique ecotour than includes lunch at Pass The Salt Cafe in historic Currituck! Details here.

False Cape Day Trips - Bus transportation to lodge provided. Lunch  provided. One hour boats tours for 3 people at a time throughout the day. Self-guided walks to False Cape beach, Wash Woods cemetery, and other trails. Group size 20. 

False Cape Overnight Trips - Over night trips include transportation to the lodge. 24 hours use of lodge. Lunch, dinner, and breakfast provided. One hour boats tours for 3 people at a time throughout the stay. Ample time for exploring the beach, maritime forest, the abandoned settlement of Wash Woods, and plenty more! Group size up to 24. Other activities may include a watercolor paint session of a picture you took with a local artist, crab picking with Back Bay crabs and/or guided tours by park officials. 

Please see the False Cape page for upcoming dates and more details. Also, email me to receive notification when False Cape trips are scheduled.

Meeting times and locations

Meeting locations will vary depending on which body of water we tour, but all meeting locations are in Virginia Beach off Princess Anne Rd.  except for the False Cape full day tours and overnight stays.

North Landing River and tributaries - Old Pungo Ferry Rd. boat ramp.

Back Bay - Mill Landing ramp on Mill Landing Rd.

Knott's Island/Currituck Sound - Back Bay Landing on Back Bay Landing Rd. or Old Pungo Ferry Rd. boat ramp.

Meeting times will be agreed upon prior to the tour. I am very flexible as to what time we begin. Photographers tend to want to be on the water prior to sunrise and during sunset. I can meet as early or late as you indicate.

False Cape Day and Overnight trips - meet at the Little Island Park parking lot on Sandbridge Rd. (park charges a fee during the summer months).

What To Bring

Dress for the season. Remember, it is always cooler on the water, especially from September - May. Snacks. Camera. Camera Bag. Drink. Sunglasses. Binoculars. Sunscreen. Hat. Field Guides. Medications. Insect Repellent (in Summer). 

Great White HeronsMonkey IslandGreat White Heron rookery on Monkey Island

April DuckBlinds - Back Bay, SunriseApril DuckBlinds - Back Bay, SunriseApril DuckBlinds - Back Bay, Sunrise

Days Gone By, False Cape State ParkDays Gone By, False Cape State ParkDays Gone By, False Cape State Park

Animals You May See - Bald Eagle, Osprey, Canada Geese, Snow Geese, Ducks, Ibis, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, Tricolored  Heron, Night Heron, Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron, Redtail Hawk, Northern Harrier, Cormorant, Pelican, Vulture, Tern, Owls, Kingfisher, Songbirds, Deer, Bobcat, Wild  Horse, Wild Hog, Nutria, Otter, Muskrat, Bear, Possum, Racoon, Mink, Coyote, Fox, Falcons, Turkey, Water Snake, Cottonmouth. 

Whether your interest is wildlife, landscape photography, birding, or simply being out in nature, join me on a trip through the Virginia Beach most people never get the chance to see. We will be on the search for beautiful landscapes, birds, and native animals as we cruise the waterways and discuss some of the local history on the North Landing River and Back Bay.

 

Capt. Erik Moore  eriknmoore@gmail.com

United States Coast Guard certified Captain

Licensed & Insured

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Welcome to Moore To See Photo Expeditions..

..where we will help you discover the Virginia Beach most people never see!

Campbell's Landing - Back BayCampbell's LandingJanuary 2017 - Back Bay froze over.
 

Some of the most beautiful parts of Virginia Beach are rarely visited. Very few of the millions of tourists that visit the coastal beaches of Virginia each year have the opportunity to see that part of Virginia Beach that has scarcely changed for millennia. In fact, few locals venture into the backwaters that pervade the region. There are miles of rivers, creeks, and bays in the southern half of the city that are accessible only by boat - just waiting to be rediscovered by you. In 1728, while surveying the border between Virginia and North Carolina, Col. William Byrd called the area "The Green Sea", referring to the thousands of acres of marsh swaying in the wind like waves. Beautiful, undisturbed natural areas - that make for relaxing trips on the water and beautiful photographs - await you!

Virginia Beach has thousands of acres of marsh and pocosins, Bald Cypress and hardwood forests.  In fact, Back Bay, Knott's Island Bay, the  North Landing River and all of the surrounding rivers, creeks, and marsh are the northernmost part of a much larger estuarine ecosystem known as the Pamlico Estuary. There are also small, secluded beaches scattered throughout the area. 

The region abounds with wildlife as well, with over 50 species of rare and endangered plants and animals. Otters, nutria and muscrats can be seen swimming in the tannic waters. Bear, mink, deer, raccoons and bobcat are some of the native species to be on the lookout for. Feral horses and hogs have inhabited the shores since colonial times. Millions of birds make the area their home and stop to feed and rest on their migrations along the Atlantic Flyway. Bald Eagles are to be found year round. Depending on the season, Northern Harriers, Osprey and Peregrine Falcons are some of the raptors you might see. Great Blue and Little Blue Herons, Cattle Egrets, Great White Egrets, Ibis, Green Herons, American Bitterns and thousands of ducks are just some of the birds that inhabit the marsh and shorelines.

All of our private tours are customized based on your desires, the season, water levels and the weather. We will discuss your needs and desires along with possible options prior to your tour. All boat tours are for 1-4 guests.

For photographers, light availability is most important. I am more than willing to discuss being on the water as early in the morning or late in the afternoon as you like.

To learn more about boat tours to discover Back Bay, Knott's Island Bay, the North Landing River & tributaries, False Cape (including overnight stays), and even a nearby rookery, visit our Tours page. For prices, visit the Rates page.

I look forward to helping you discover a part of our region most people never get to see!!

Great White EgretMonkey IslandGreat White Egret rookery on Monkey Island

Air Battle - Bald Eagle & Osprey - North landing RiverAir Battle - Bald Eagle & Osprey - North landing RiverAir Battle - Bald Eagle & Osprey - North landing River

Back Bay - FrozenBack Bay - Frozen. February 2018

 

Whether your interest is wildlife, landscape photography, birding, or simply being out in nature, join me on a trip through the Virginia Beach most people never get the chance to see. We will be on the search for beautiful landscapes, birds, and native animals as we cruise the waterways and discuss some of the local history on the North Landing River and Back Bay.

Capt. Erik Moore  eriknmoore@gmail.com

United States Coast Guard certified Captain

Licensed & Insured

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