Safari Information Reservations Guide: Brent Paull
Winter brings a large population of bald eagles and raptors to Farmington Bay WMA along the Great Salt Lake in northern Utah.  On one of my first safaris there in 2008 I counted 172 bald eagles...wow.  Since that time Farmington Bay has become a must shoot winter location for wildlife and bird photographers. Utah's winters are cold, forcing many raptors and owls to hunt in the daytime.  This gives us a chance to photograph birds like bald eagles, short-eared owls, barn owls, northern harriers, American kestrels, rough-legged hawks, and many others that hunt the refuges. Besides Farmington Bay we also photograph three other prime wildlife areas in northern Utah.  We travel to Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake where species such as Chukars, pronghorn, bison, mule deer, great horned owls, bighorn sheep, and coyotes roam the island. We meet in Woods Cross, Utah, just five miles north of Salt Lake City on I-15 on Tuesday night, February 14.  Local hotel accommodations and restaurants are relatively inexpensive and I generally stay at the Comfort Inn in Woods Cross.  Up to three other photographers can ride with me from California if you are doing the Yellowstone Winter Safari, or ride with me each day from Woods Cross.  Driving is easy and usually doesn't require 4 wheel-drive.

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.  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.  What a rush it has been.
Difficulty Level Dates

Easy  -  Some walking, cold temperatures. Wednesday, February 15-16    $600
We also go to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City to photograph many other migrating birds, such as tundra swans, ducks and geese, striped skunks, raccoons, and the local raptors.  These are busy days. In 2019 we shot hundreds of bald eagles, ermine, barn owls, etc.  FYI - the only safari I do where I can guarantee seeing porcupines. This safari is FREE is you do the Yellowstone/Teton Winter Wildlife Safari just before it.  This is a target rich raptor safari, with some mammals thrown in for the fun of it.  Some of my most iconic images have happened during this safari.
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:   Utah   Eagles   Grouse   Raptors Safari Checklist - Link
Published Tearsheets - Link
Brent's Biography - Link  
 

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