Safari Information Reservations Guide: Brent Paull
These little, and I mean little, Channel Island Gray Foxes are just fun to photograph. They look like the common gray foxes we typically see in California and the west - but just about half the size. We take the Island Packers ferry out of Ventura Harbor in the morning to the Scorpion Landing on Santa Cruz Island at 8am.  Bring water and a lunch for the day. While in 2019 I shot with my 70-200, a 100-400 would work as well without all the weight.  It is an easy safari physically, just some walking, plus plenty of benches and places to sit in the shade and relax between the numerous encounters, as well as bathrooms. On the ferry ride out and back to Santa Cruz Island we saw numerous dolphins and gray whales.  We take the 4pm boat back.  There is a 100% chance of photographing these cute little foxes.
 
You call Island Packers (1-805-642-1393) and make a reservation for the trip out and back. We usually get back around 5pm or so. In 2022 the ferry ticket was $58 (for a senior, over 55). We take the earliest ferry ride to the island that day, 8:30am usually, and the
4 pm ride back.

The deposit is 50% via check, Paypal, or credit card, and the balance is due halfway between the deposit date and the safari date unless you are booking within 3 months, then full payment is due.  Check the main safari page for other information.  Spouses can ride along at no charge, though they will have to buy a ferry ticket.  Link 

This safari is 1 day long.

I've spent my 38-year wildlife photography career shooting in the American West.  The first 23 years shooting out of Utah, the past 15 years out of California.  With 1500 published photo credits, dozens of magazine covers and article, and a lifetime wandering the roads of the west, the photo safaris that I lead are all to the best locations, at the best times, during peak wildlife activity periods.  What a rush it has been.
Difficulty Level Dates

Easy  -  Some walking, no hiking. Sunday, March 5  $200
The Island Packers Ferry takes about 80 minutes to go from Ventura Harbor to the Scorpion Landing.  If the surf or wind is up there can be a little rocking, so plan accordingly.  In ten years of doing this safari I've never had the ferry ride canceled, but it is possible depending on conditions.  The ride out and back can be cool, while the island always seems to be a balmy 65 degrees or so. Bring your longest lens, as these little owls don't always land close to us.  Winter snow drives them from higher elevations down to the oak woodlands of the Sierra foothills.  Instead of in 150 foot tall pines we photograph them in 30 foot tall oaks.  I've seen and heard them on my black bear safaris in Sequoia, up 200 feet above me in the trees.
Bonus Safari Discount Participants - maximum of 3 photographers.

Image Galleries:
Gray Foxes

Information Links
Participating in four 1-day safaris earns you 1 free safari day that can be applied to any future safari. Safari Checklist - Link
Published Tearsheets - Link
Brent's Biography - Link  
 

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