The photographic opportunities available on St. Paul Island extend far beyond the 200 + species of birds that land on the island. Reindeer, foxes, seals, even the occasional whale can be photographed during your visit. Wildflowers blanket the tundra with bright, vibrant colors, while brilliant sunrises and dramatic sunsets break through the mist-shrouded island in the mornings and evenings.
We have a few recommendations for what to pack in your camera bag:
- Extra memory cards – the one in your camera will fill up quickly.
- Camera batteries – pack an extra in case the camera runs out of power in the field.
- Tripod – a sturdy tripod is a must. St. Paul Island can be windy!
- Lenses – bring the longest focal length lens you have. Many birds and other wildlife will have to be photographed from a distance, so a 300mm lens or longer is a necessity. A macro lens for photographing wildflowers up close is also highly recommended.
Because St. Paul Island is in the Bering Sea, the weather can best be described as unpredictable. While some days can start out mild and sunny the weather can suddenly turn wet and windy so it is important to pack the right clothing for any conditions you may encounter. A sturdy, soft shell weatherproof jacket with a hood will shed the wet weather and shield against the wind. A fleece or insulated jacket underneath will help keep you warm, dry and comfortable. The island’s terrain is a mix of sandy beaches, damp or wet tundra and rocky, uneven coastline so bring a sturdy pair of outdoor shoes or hiking boots to improve footing and keep you warm and dry. Don’t forget a rainproof hat and a pair of light gloves to keep your hands warm. In summer, the daylight can extend well into the evening hours so bring at least one pair of sunglasses.
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