Safari Information Reservations Guide: Brent Paull

There is no better songbird safari in California than this Morongo Valley Bird Safari.  My record here is 48 species in one day - everything from tanagers, bluebirds, flycatchers, grosbeaks, kingbirds, hawks, falcons, owls, thrashers, goldfinches, hummingbirds, wrens - and so many more.  The areas that we shoot have an amazing variety of songbirds - all nesting, all active, and many of them insectivores that stay active after it warms up to feast on the rising bugs during the day. We take advantage of the mating, feeding, and bonding activity. 

The mornings and days are comfortable, but can warm up in the afternoon - so a hat, sunscreen, lipbalm, etc are needed. 

For those who don't ride with me, we meet in Yucca Valley, CA - just a few miles east of Morongo Valley on Sunday morning, April 23.  I drive in that morning and then stay the night at a local hotel.   There are hotels and cafes in Yucca Valley, while Morongo Valley has a gas station and cafe only. 

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/walk along at no charge, but you must have your own vehicle to travel in.  Link 

This safari is 2 days 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. 
Difficulty Level Dates

Easy  -  Lots of walking, no hiking. Sunday, April 23-24    $600
In past years we have shot long-eared owl chicks at a nest, great horned owls at a nest, red-tailed hawks at a nest, and numerous other birds.  Resident Cooper's hawks are around, as well as numerous bird species that are extremely hard to photograph elsewhere, such as Verdins, Brown-crested Flycatchers, Summer Tanagers, and Lazuli Buntings. We do a lot of walking, though almost all of it is on level ground, and most is shaded, with picnic tables and benches around to take a break if needed.  We do break for lunch around 11-11:30am.  The afternoon can be slow, so there is time to take a break - then return for the late afternoon and the higher level of activity.
Bonus Safari Discount Participants - maximum of 6 photographers. Information Links
Participating in four 1-day safaris earns you 1 free safari day that can be applied to any future safari. Image Galleries:   Vermilion Flycatchers   
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