Sitting contentedly, one of the Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

The last of the Dalmatian Pelican images from Sean

In January I had the pleasure of co-guiding one of the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Greece Photography Holidays, along with Pui Hang. We took a group out to Greece to capture images of an oft-overlooked bird, the Dalmatian Pelican. This is the third and final part of a series of three blog posts covering the trip. All the Dalmatian Pelican images shown here were taken on this spectacular trip. If you missed the first part, then you can read it here or the second part here.

A Dalmatian Pelican lands on Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

We had hoped that the lake would thaw sufficiently for a boat trip on our last day. The sun was melting the ice and snow by day but by night the temperatures dropped, freezing the lake again. Ironically, the second group led by Dan were hoping that the lake remained frozen so that they could also have a chance at getting some unique shots too.

Our final full day saw us returning to the second location for more shoreline photography. This area of the lake wasn’t frozen due to its proximity to the dam. It was also a great spot to get eye level with the birds which gave us some amazing images of the pelicans swimming & standing around on ice floats.

As the sunset hit the lake, the light at this specific spot was stunning and allowed for some very interesting portraits. The colours reflecting off the ice/snow gave the scene some lovely pink and blue hues.

A Dalmatian Pelican lands on the ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography HolidayA pelican reflected in the ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A preening pelican on the snow covered shoreline of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

I really had the most incredible time on this trip not only for the endless amounts of Greek food, but the company of some fantastic people & more importantly the Dalmatian Pelicans!

Captured as the sun began to rise, a pelican soars above Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A closeup of one of the Dalmatian Pelicans with a fish in it's beak photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday One of Kerkini's Dalmatian Pelicans extends it's neck to swallow a fish photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday One of the Dalmatian Pelicans partially reflected in the waters & ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday One of the Pelicans preens itself on a snow bank photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday Pelican feet on the ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday Reflected in the melted water sitting on top of the ice, some of the Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

Next year cannot come around soon enough …

Sitting contentedly, one of the Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

DO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE SOME DALMATIAN PELICAN IMAGES FOR YOURSELF?

We have a third trip that is to be run during January of 2018, this is an opportunity for you to undertake photography of the Dalmatian Pelicans on Lake Kerkini for yourself; the photography holiday costs £1049 each participant, this price excludes air travel to Thessaloniki itself – all ground transportation from Thessaloniki & back, & to & from shoot locations, accommodation & guidance/tuition is included, the dates for the Dalmatian Pelicans of Greece Photography Holiday are January 6 – 11, 2018.

To hold a place on the trip, we only require a 20% deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.

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One of the Barn Owls typical of the kind of images that may be captured on the NaturesLens Bird of Prey Workshops

April’s Bird of Prey Workshop

April 2017 saw David & I running the first of our Welsh Bird of Prey Workshops of 2017. This photography workshop is a particular favourite of mine because it is so relaxed & intimate due to the group size & everyone comes away with some fabulous images & new friendships made.

We brought some new props along to the workshop to mix things up a bit. These included a milk churn, a couple of storm lanterns & a variety of different wheels – perfect for getting a little creative as well as honing one’s composition skills.

One of the Barn Owls typical of the kind of images that may be captured on the NaturesLens Bird of Prey WorkshopA Barn Owl sat upon a vintage milk churn typical of the kind of images that may be captured on the NaturesLens Bird of Prey Workshop

Our April Bird of Prey Workshop started on the Saturday afternoon with a 2-hour photography session with a Long-Eared Owl & a Little Owl. We had hoped that the bluebells would be in full bloom in the woodland but we were a tad too early. Nevertheless, everyone came away with some fantastic portrait shots.

One of the Little Owls poses amongst some bluebells typical of the kind of images that may be captured on the NaturesLens Bird of Prey WorkshopOne of the Long eared owls posing on tree stump typical of the kind of images that may be captured on the NaturesLens Bird of Prey Workshop

The full photography workshop commenced on Sunday morning & we made good use of our props. I mean, how cute does the Little Owl look, peeking over the storm lantern?

One of the Little Owl and some vintage storm lanterns typical of the kind of images that may be captured on the NaturesLens Bird of Prey Workshop

The Barn Owl on the milk churn also proved to be a big hit. The relaxed pace meant the group could take their time perfecting composition & also get to know their cameras better.

A Barn Owl on a vintage milk churn typical of the kind of images that may be captured on the NaturesLens Bird of Prey WorkshopOne of the Little Owls perched on a vintage milk churn typical of the kind of images that may be captured on the NaturesLens Bird of Prey Workshop

One of the big advantages of working with our falconer, Steve, is that he is also a farmer. All the locations we use for our workshop are on his land so no need to worry about the public wandering past. He has also deliberately let certain buildings go to rack & ruin so that we have some lovely derelict buildings to use as well as the lovely woodland & some open land for the birds in flight sessions.

A Barn Owl peeking from a dilapidated barn door typical of the kind of images that may be captured on the NaturesLens Bird of Prey WorkshopOne of the Barn Owls peeks from a stone barn window typical of the kind of images that may be captured on the NaturesLens Bird of Prey Workshop

We had a comedy moment during our session with the Peregrine Falcon when it was interrupted by a lamb who was insistent on getting some of the attention too. Not wanting to disappoint, we were more than happy to oblige!

The Peregrine Falcon peeks over fallen stone in the quarry area typical of the kind of images that may be captured on the NaturesLens Bird of Prey WorkshopOne of the Welsh Lambs typical of the kind of images that may be captured on the NaturesLens Bird of Prey Workshop

After our pub lunch, we spent some time with a beautiful Tawny Owl. The glorious light in our location really helped make the shots.

The grand finale of our Birds of Prey Photography Workshop was the Great Grey Owl in flight. Even though I have done this a number of times, I never tire of capturing this charismatic owl in flight.

A Great Grey Owl in flight typical of the kind of images that may be captured on the NaturesLens Bird of Prey Workshop

Our next Birds of Prey Photography Workshop will be in autumn 2017. October to be more precise. If you fancy joining myself & Sean Weekly (David is taking a break) for some great photography & lots of laughs!

DO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE YOUR OWN IMAGES ON OUR BIRD OF PREY WORKSHOP?

We have second Bird of Prey Workshop scheduled for Autumn 2017, this is an opportunity for you to undertake photography of our Welsh Birds of Prey for yourself; the photography workshop costs £220, the dates for the Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop are October 21 – October 22, 2017. The format of the weekend will be a special late afternoon / early evening session with an owl on Saturday, followed by a full day of birds of prey photography on Sunday. Shorter days move in during autumn, giving you the chance to use the soft light in our unique late afternoon / early evening session to achieve creative imagery.

A Dalmatian Pelican lands with little drama on the ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

Fancy some Dalmatian Pelican Photography in 2018?

With both our originally announced Dalmatian Pelican Photography trips full, we have the opportunity for a third set of dates to head to Lake Kerkini to photograph the wonderful & charismatic Dalmatian Pelicans of Greece.

One of the Dalmatian Pelicans strides across the ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

As usual, the rooms are all on a non-sharing basis, all food is included in the trip & believe me, there is plenty of food served on these photography holidays – plus there are easy flights into & out of Thessaloniki, with airport transfers from the airport to the hotel & back all included.

A Dalmatian Pelican lands with little drama on the ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

We include at least 3 shoreline feeds – if we can fit them in, this increases to 5, we also include 3 boat trips out on the lake in the early morning light – weather allowing, 2017’s trips were unique in that the lake was frozen, but this is not the norm!

You get to stay in a wonderful hotel, that is 500m from the lake, with all rooms on a non-sharing basis, & we don’t levy a single supplement either! Throughout the trip, you will have opportunities to photograph a wide selection of images; both portraits & closeup shots of perched Dalmatian Pelicans, pelicans calling, flying, fighting for fish; plus wider bird in the landscape images to show impressive backdrop to the lake with the snow covered Bulgarian mountain ranges in the distance.

Group numbers are strictly limited to allow everyone to get a great position on the boats that we use during this photography workshop to venture out onto the lake, whilst on the boat & during other activities, general advice will be given before the commencement of each element of the trip.

With a boat trip each morning & a shoreline feed each evening, we certainly hope to capture many facets of the Dalmatian Pelicans personality as they go about life on the lake – hopefully including take-off, landing & in-flight shots of these magnificent birds. The NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday is suitable for mid-level & experienced photographers.

If you would like to join this trip, please view the events page here, from which you can send us a booking enquiry – the trip is priced at £1049 for the all the elements listed above as being included & will be conducted over the dates of January 7th to 11th 2018.

Dotty looks back, she is one of the new mothers of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday

Three of the Best Indian Wildlife Photography Holidays

For 2018, we have planned a trip that assembles three of the Best Indian Wildlife Photography Holidays into one extended portfolio filling tour of some of the best wildlife reserves that India possesses; it will be amazing! Or you can attend the separate events individually or perhaps join the Lions of Gir & the Tigers of Bandhavgarh into a two-week trip that echoes the trips held in 2017 with Jayne.

Starting with the Tigers & Leopards of Kabini at the end of March – specifically March 30th – April 7th – to be led by John Rowell for NaturesLens, then the amazing Lions of Gir follows on the dates of April 7th – 13th, this trip is being led by Jayne Bond & then the trio of trips ends with the Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday between the dates of April 13th – April 22nd – also with Jayne Bond as the leader.

The three Indian Wildlife Photography Holidays are as follows:

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If you wish to book two or even all three of the best Indian Wildlife Photography Holidays that we offer & that have been designed to seamlessly join up & provide you with the ultimate in Indian Wildlife Photography over a period of just over 3 weeks, then we will arrange a customised schedule suited to you, that links the elements of the trips, that you select, together into one easy to manage whole.

You can have a read of Jayne’s blog post about two of the events listed above that we held in 2017.

Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday special offer

Listen up … we have a special offer to visit Slovenia, stay with a very good friend of ours, make use of his hides & hopefully capture some awesome images of the Slovenian Bears.

One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Poses On Rocks - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday So, here’s the deal to join our Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday on the dates of September 2 – September 7 2017 – this normally costs £1249 but we are reducing the price to £1099 for the four places on this departure. It will require all four places to be filled – but that’s a bit of a bargain! Read more

The anticipation of a return to the Skomer Puffins

For the last few years, June & July have seen NaturesLens run 3 night photography holidays to capture images of the Skomer Puffins, & 2017 is no different!

Looking straight down the lens at us a puffin photographed on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday

It is almost time – two weeks out – for the first of our annual visits to capture images of Skomer’s Puffins – for several years now, we have taken large groups with multiple guides to the island, the first trip of 2017 is being led by myself & Sean Weekly, the second by Sean Weekly & Kevin Morgans. That means that the weekend after next will be ‘cooking time’, there should be plenty of warming food for the evening meals, some cakes & we might slip the odd box of wine in.

Peeping over the ground cover a puffin photographed on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday Read more

A Golden Eagle perches photographed during the NaturesLens Spanish Raptors Photography Holiday

Two weeks of amazing Spanish Bird Photography in 2018

For 2018, we have already planned a duo of Spanish Bird Photography Holidays that can be joined together to form one seamless opportunity to add a plethora of photos of the birds of Spain to your portfolio – or you can attend the separate events individually – the two events are the Spanish Raptors Photography Holiday followed the next week by Spanish Birds of Calera Photography Holiday.

A Golden Eagle perched photographed during the NaturesLens Spanish Raptors Photography Holiday Read more