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 -
just about half the size. We take the Island Packers ferry out of
Ventura Harbor in the morning to the Scorpion camping area.
Bring water and a lunch for the day. While I shoot with my 500mm
lens, either a 80-200 or a 100-400 would work as well without all
the weight. It is an easy safari physically, plus plenty of
benches and places to sit in the shade and relax between the
numerous encounters. We saw/photographed about 25 foxes last
Once we know the ferry times, you call Island Packers and
make a reservation for the trip out and back. We usually get back
around 5pm or so. In 2018 the ferry ticket was $59. We meet at
Ventura Harbor at 8:30am for the March trip, but meet at 7:30 for
the summer trip.