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Lying between Southport and Bald Head Island on the east bank of the Cape Fear River, Battery Island is sanctuary for thousands of wading birds. In 1982, it became part of Audubon North Carolina Coastal Island Sanctuary. It is the state's largest heronry, with upwards of 10,000 pairs. Among the species nesting there are 12 percent of the world's white ibises, great egrets, cattle egrets, and black-crowned night herons.