| Places to photograph; best time
of day/year to shoot; tips about shooting there:
Best wildlife photo opportunities are birds, especially during
the spring and fall migration seasons. Species include rails,
various songbirds, Pine and Prairie Warblers, hawks, owls, snow
geese, Glossy Ibis, herons, egrets, ducks and swans. Can be
photographed from island marshes, beaches and the nature trail
next to lighthouse.
Other wildlife includes yellow-bellied sliders, fox, deer and
The Bodie Island Lighthouse is a 156-foot popular tourist destination.
The grounds are open to the public, and the public will be there
in droves at midday. If you want people in your images, then
be there any time you want; if you don't, then the best times
to shoot are morning and late afternoon/early evening. Sunlight
will hit the sea side of the lighthouse in morning, and will
hit the front of the grounds before sunset. Be aware, however,
that a grove of pines will block the light before the sun sets.
Lots of room to work.
Both sides of the island have beach-front, the east side with
surf. There's very little land access to the west side (try
at the lighthouse, but I didn't check to see if the road was
publicly accessible). Two piers on the east side (Outer Banks
Fishing Pier and Jeanettes Pier) can provide foreground subjects
for sunrise photos.
Other than that, there's honestly not much else of interest.
Sunrises and sunsets with silhouetted reeds, etc.
Weather will be hot, often unbearably, in summer. Winter can
get cool, but it will rarely snow. Autumn and spring are the
most comfortable, and provide the best wildlife photo opportunities.
Hurricanes can fall between midsummer and early autumn.