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
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
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 :
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
max of 6 clients.
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