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 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 information.  Link 

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.

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 Dates

EASY  -  Long Days of Driving 1-day Safaris  $350

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 13-14

 

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.
 
Bonus Safari Discount

Participating in four 1-day safaris earns you 1 free safari day that can be applied to any future safari.

Participants -
maximum of 3 photographers.  My bobcat photography season runs from mid-September through mid-March.
Bobcat Safari Video - Link

PSA Bobcat Article - Link

Image Galleries:
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Information Pages

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

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