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 Prisoners camping area on Santa
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. We saw/photographed about 20 foxes last
March. On the ferry ride out and back to Santa Cruz Island we
saw numerous dolphins and gray whales.
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 2019 the
ferry ticket was $59. We meet at Ventura Harbor at 8:30am for the
9am ferry ride, departing the island at about 3:30pm.