One of my favorite places is Chincoteague & Assateague Island. There are wild ponies, ponds of birds, walking trails, biking trails and beaches. For those photographers who's spouse is just not into taking pictures there is something for everyone. The quite village has shopping, good food, crafts, and much more.
This is located off the coast of Virginia. The prices are reasonable and the hotels are wonderful. We stayed at the Hampton Inn. This hotel has balcony that over looks the river and has beautiful views.
The famous book Misty originated from this area.
Also to look for is the elusive Sika deer. The first one I saw was a shocker. It looked like a cross between a rottweiler and a deer. They make sounds like elk.
A good time to go to photography the snow geese is around veterans day. They do not charge during the weekends and holidays. I would suggest to stay at least a week. I plan to return to this area.
Ponies are more used to people in the Maryland side of the island. This side promises more beach pony shots. On the VA side they are fenced in and you can see them a little less frequently however they are around in the woods and can be found up close.
There is a bridge that you go under water and over the water. There are pull off spots on the bridge which proved some aerial shots of birds. There is a secluded platform on the far side of the lake that provides great bird shots.