Saint Paul Island, Alaska

To wildlife photographers, Saint Paul is known as the “Galapagos of the North.” Not only it’s inhabited by very photogenic local mammals, like the fur seals and arctic foxes, but also visited by large groups of other animals, some of them including various migrant Asian passerines, auks, cormorants and kittiwakes.

Although I primarily embarked on a long trip to this unforgiving part of the world to see my clumsy friends – tufted and the horned puffins – the diversity of the local ecosystem took me by complete surprise. Most definitely more than I hoped for.