Safari Information Reservations Guide: Brent Paull
You do need a lens at least 200mm in length, preferably longer, either a zoom or telephoto.  This is a classic wildlife chase safari where we travel throughout the area that has a high density of bobcats, badgers, and raptors.  The bobcats live in rolling oak woodlands on the eastern and western edges of the San Joaquin Valley - in some of the finest ranching country in California. Typically, we see bobcats every day, and dozens of  raptors - red-shouldered hawks, ferruginous hawks, bald and golden eagles, a variety of falcons, great horned owls, barn owls, and burrowing owls.  Badgers are common in this area, but these small predators are not easy to find.  We usually photograph them about 30% of our days in the field.  In January 2019 we had a 12 bobcat day, photographing 10.  So there are big bobcat days out there, while the raptors are much easier. We meet at 7am (which can vary by the month of the year) at the Harris Ranch Intersection Chevron Station, or at the hotel lobby you might be at the night before - located at the intersection of Highway 198 and Interstate 5.  I would advise getting a hotel room the night before because these are long days. (Best Western, Travelodge, and Motel 6, as well as the more expensive Harris Ranch Motel).  We drive up to 400 miles per day, so we do a gas split, which amounts to $40/per photographer, per day.  We return between 5pm and 6pm at the end of each safari day.  Also, we do stop for lunch.  The first day is on the western side of the valley, the second day is on the eastern side of the valley.  We meet up at the Wyndham Hotel parking lot on Airport Road in Visalia at 8am on the second day.  There is a Best Western here as well, or near my house in Tulare on Blackstone Avenue.  Link    It's been 15 years since I started doing Bobcat Safaris in California's Serengeti.  I've had over 1500 bobcat encounters and photographed over a 1000 cats - we are old friends after all this time.  One of my main strengths as a wildlife photographer is spotting animals, and I'm very good at spotting bobcats and badgers. We chase all day and photo-graph everything we see.
Difficulty Level 2023-2024 Safari Dates

EASY  -  Long Days of Driving 1-day Safaris  $375

September 13, December 29

2-day Safaris  $700

March 29-30
October 16-17, 23-24   November 13-14,  20-21
December 5-6   January 10-11   February 7-8 
March 6-7

Booking early for your optimum date is important.  We shoot from my 4-door F-150 4x4 Super Crew Cab truck, exiting to tripod up if a bobcat happens to run up a tree.  There is no place in North America where you can see this high number of bobcats, consistently, and capture the types of images that we have captured during these safaris.
 
Participants - maximum of 3 photographers.  My bobcat photography season runs from mid-September through early March. Bobcat Safari Video - Link

PSA Bobcat Article - Link

Image Galleries:  Bobcat-1  2  3
 
Information Pages

Safari Checklist - Link
Published Tearsheets - Link
Brent's Biography - Link
 
 

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