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 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 short-eared owls, barn owls, northern harriers, American
kestrels, rough-legged hawks, and many others that hunt the refuge.
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 antelope,
bison, mule deer, great horned owls, bighorn sheep, and coyotes roam the island. We also go to the Bear River Migratory
Bird Refuge to photograph many other migrating birds, such as tundra
swans, ducks and geese, striped skunks, and raccoons.
It's a busy three days. In 2019 we shot hundreds of bald eagles, ermine, barn owls,
etc. This safari is limited to 6 photographers.
We meet in Woods Cross, Utah, just five miles north of Salt Lake
City on I-15 on Saturday night. Local hotel
accommodations and restaurants are relatively inexpensive and I
generally stay at the Comfort Inn in Woods Cross, just outside Salt
Lake City. Up to
three other photographers can travel with me from California. Driving is
easy and doesn't require 4 wheel-drive.
Difficulty Level: EASY