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 between Interstate 5 and Highway 101 -
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 40% 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 Highway 198 and Interstate 5.
Unless you live within an hour or two 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
to Harris Ranch between 5pm and 6pm at the end of each safari day.
Also, we do stop for lunch. Check the main safari page for other
These safaris are either 1 or 2 days
long. I only take 3 photographers with me per day, so
scheduling early is key to participating.
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.
EASY - Long Days of
Nov 21, Jan 9, Mar 6
2-day Safaris $675
Nov 28-29, Dec 20-21 and 29-30, Jan 18-19 and 24-25, Mar