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Photo by Scott Bourne

Photographing wildlife is one of my favorite things to do. Animals make great photographic subjects year round. If you’re interested in knowing where to go, here’s a dream list of places to visit any time of year to make great wildlife photos.

1. January – Skagit Valley, Wash., for Snow geese, Trumpeter swans, dunlin. Nooksack and Skagit rivers for Bald Eagles.

2. February – Yellowstone in winter for Bison, Elk, Big-horn sheep, Pronghorn, Moose. Florida for birds: Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Heron Rookery, Venice, Fla.

3. March – Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tuscon, for spring birds. Birds are easy to find and photograph.

4. April – Songbirds in your own back yard

5. May – Malheur Wildlife Refuge, Ore., for Sage Grouse, Snow Geese, Sandhill Cranes, and a host of smaller songbirds. Also can be good in April. Yellowstone National Park is a good location in late May for baby animals.

6. June – Yellowstone and Grand Tetons for baby elk, bison, moose, bear. (Go in early June before the crowds arrive.)

7. July – Oregon Coast, for seals, sea lions, whales. The nearby Strawberry Hill wayside offers great access. Whale charters in places like Depoe Bay can get you close to the whales. At Hurricane Ridge, in Washington State’s Olympic National Park, you’ll find Columbia Blacktail deer June through September. In Alaska, Katmai National Park is a good location to photograph Brown Bear.

8. August – Denali National Park, late August and early September for bear, moose, caribou. Katmai National Park in late August and early September is also a good time to photograph brown bears.

9. September – In late September to early October, you can photograph the elk rut in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.

10. October – Moose, Baxter State Park, Maine

11. November – Bosque del Apache, N.M. for birds. Klamath Basin of Southern Oregon and Northern California for waterfowl, such as Snow geese, swans, ducks and geese. Plenty of raptors as well. Haines, Alaska, for bald eagles.

12. December – Bosque del Apache, N.M., for more birds and Homer, Alaska, for eagles.

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Join the conversation! 14 Comments

  1. Where, then, did you shoot Arctic Fox? Great shot!

  2. Depoe Bay is gorgeous in the Summer. I will be going there next month.

  3. Depoe Bay is gorgeous in the Summer. I will be going there next month.

  4. @Steve sorry can’t give away ALL my secrets :)

  5. @Steve sorry can’t give away ALL my secrets :)

  6. Wow scott, great photo, it also proves you can’t shoot based on the histogram :)

    thankyou for the podcast and also for removing sunglasses in your videos, it seems the team are gelling better and better each show

    in the UK our wildlife is slowly becoming eroded due to over farming and deforestation and general neglect,

  7. Wow scott, great photo, it also proves you can’t shoot based on the histogram :)

    thankyou for the podcast and also for removing sunglasses in your videos, it seems the team are gelling better and better each show

    in the UK our wildlife is slowly becoming eroded due to over farming and deforestation and general neglect,

  8. Animals are hard. My hats off to anyone who photographs them well.

  9. Aww, I grew up in Tucson, AZ where the Desert Museum is. Used to go every so often but I wasn’t into photography at the time…maybe next time I go back to visit I will use that recommendation!

  10. Aww, I grew up in Tucson, AZ where the Desert Museum is. Used to go every so often but I wasn’t into photography at the time…maybe next time I go back to visit I will use that recommendation!

  11. Scott,

    All those locations sound great. I would be happy to shoot photographs at any the sites. I may need to start with birds in the backyard for now. Nice job on your website.

    RL

  12. The Conowingo Dam in Delaware in November and December is a good site for bald eagles for those on the East Coast. I’ve photographed both elk, black bears, and brown in Yellowstone. I’ve yet to get out to Katmai. I’ll be in Seattle in late June into early August. Would that be a decent time to spot brown bear in Katmai?

  13. The Conowingo Dam in Delaware in November and December is a good site for bald eagles for those on the East Coast. I’ve photographed both elk, black bears, and brown in Yellowstone. I’ve yet to get out to Katmai. I’ll be in Seattle in late June into early August. Would that be a decent time to spot brown bear in Katmai?

  14. @John August is PRIME time in Katmai.

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Founder of Photofocus.com. Retired traveling and unhooking from the Internet.

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