A Santa Cruz Island Gray Fox hunts through the long island grass | Santa Cruz Island Fox Safari

Wildlife Photography is about Behavior and Interaction: Lots of Little Gray Foxes

 
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, though 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. 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, 8am usually, and the 4pm ride back.

The deposit is 50% via check, Paypal, Venmo, 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 info.  Link
Spouses can ride along at no charge, though they will have to buy a ferry ticket.   
I've spent my 40-year wildlife photography career shooting in the American West.  The first 24 years shooting out of Utah, the past 16 years out of California.  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 : Easy

The Island Packers Ferry takes about 80 minutes to go from Ventura Harbor to the Scorpion Landing.  The ride out and back can be cool, while the island always seems to be a balmy 65 degrees or so.

Dates : Monday, March 4  $250

Participants -
max of 6 clients. 
Info Links : Safari Checklist - Link
Image Galleries:    Gray Foxes
 
 

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