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
||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
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.
|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.
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.