Sea Otters cling to kelp before going to nap | California Coast Wildlife Safari

Wildlife Photography is about Behavior and Interaction: Seals, Otters, and More....

Safari Information Reservations Guide: Brent Paull
There is a tremendous amount of wildlife activity during the December-January time frame in which I do the California Coast Wildlife Safari. The bull elephant seals are returning to the rookery at Piedras Blancas just north of San Simeon, and staking a claim to sections of the beach, fighting other males.  The females are giving birth, then immediately going into breeding so the activity is very high.  In the past I've photographed bobcats and coyotes along the coast, as well as condors, eagles, raptors (especially white-tailed kites).  We travel to Pismo Beach for the wintering monarch butterflies, then back north to Morro Bay to photograph the sea otters. For those not traveling with me, we meet in Cambria at 7am.  I will let you know the location of the meetup when you book the safari.  The deposit is 50% via check, Paypal, Venmo, 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 info.  Link   

Oddly, it usually isn't cold on the coast in December or January, so while it might be cool in the mornings, it should warm up nicely through the day into 55-60 degree range.  Shooting gloves, a hat, and a couple of layers usually works.

I've spent my 40-year wildlife photography career shooting in the American West.  The first 24 years shooting out of Utah, the past 16 years out of California.  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 : EASY

The day is long, with sunrise about 7:30am.  I try to arrange lunch at mid-day, but carrying some snacks is always a good idea.  I will have a case of water available to everyone. 

Dates : Thu, Dec 7, and Tue, Jan 9 $300

Participants - max of 6 clients
Image Galleries:  Elephant Seals, Sea Otters

Info Links:  Safari Checklist


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