037 - The Outer Banks of North Carolina
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Updated - January 2009
Wildlife photographers will find loggerhead turtles and alligators, shorebirds, and migratory waterfowl. Some of the oldest and tallest lighthouses along the Atlantic can be found here. This newsletter describes the five best hikes to find images in the wildlife refuges and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
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A long, narrow band of barrier islands protect much of the coast of North Carolina from the direct assault of storms off the Atlantic. Photographers arriving during the right season can have the beaches all to themselves. Wildlife photographers will find a variety of reptiles including loggerhead turtles, alligators, and snakes. Hundreds of varieties of waterfowl and shorebirds use the wetlands of the area's wildlife refuges as resting places on their annual migrations. Photographers can add to their collection of lighthouse photographs on the Outer Banks. Some of the oldest and tallest on the Atlantic Coast are found here. Photograph great sunrises over the Atlantic and great sunsets over the shallows of Pamlico Sound.
This newsletter describes the five best hikes to find the best images in the wildlife refuges and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Start at Kitty Hawk and head south. Take the free ferry and explore remote Ocracoke Island. You'll get details on the seasons and the best time of year to arrive.