Crazy Pricing Offer for Winter Wildlife of Japan in 2019

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A bloody squabble, breaks out over fish, between several of the Steller's & White Tailed Sea Eagles photographed during the 2017 NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

We’ve decided to run a totally crazy offer on pricing for our Winter Wildlife of Japan photography holiday for 2019. Until the end of February we will take 10% off the price so instead of paying £5749, you pay £5175. Join Pui Hang to capture images of varied winter wildlife, in Japan, during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday. The photography holiday is of 13 nights duration on a half board, twin-shared basis.

You, & the others in your small group of like-minded photographers, will travel deep into stunning snow-covered landscapes, capturing beautiful images of wildlife which thrives during harsher seasons in Japan.

Your group will travel throughout several different regions, including the mountainous area around Yudanaka in central Japan, & north of the mainland to the island of Hokkaido, giving you an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions.

A bloody squabble, breaks out over fish, between several of the Steller's & White Tailed Sea Eagles photographed during the 2017 NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Group sizes are limited due to the nature of the photography excursions & the type of hotel that we prefer to make use of, so booking early is essential. We have only 4 places available at the special offer price – all 4 of these places must be filled for the trip to run.

We will require a 20% deposit of £1035 to hold your place – the balance will be due at the start of November 2018.

You can make a booking enquiry on the main event page – make sure to enter JAPANSPECIAL into the offer code box to get the 10% discount.

Please note that the accommodation for this special offer is on a shared basis, if you are not part of a couple or a pair of travellers who normally share, we will pair you up with a sharing partner of the same gender.

For the thoughts of, Graeme, one of last year’s guests, please have a read of Graeme’s blog post, or you can view some of Nicola’s images here, here, here & here,

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The Seals of Helgoland

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An adult seal lies in the sands of Dune island image captured during a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

When I first told my husband that I was travelling to Helgoland he immediately started to tell me about the island’s fascinating military history & it’s use as a naval base during the two world wars. After WWII, the island was used as a bombing range – & most notably, a Royal Navy attack in 1947 created one of the biggest single non-nuclear detonations in history. Following British occupation, the island was finally returned to Germany in 1952. The history of the island is fascinating & well worth researching, but for my short time there it was all about the seals, the Seals of Helgoland.

One of the large bull seals lies on the sands of Dune island image captured during a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

The journey to Helgoland isn’t straightforward. From Heathrow we had the flight to Hamburg, then a car journey to Cuxhaven, & finally a boat to Helgoland. With stop-overs & connections, the travel time is quite lengthy, but as always, once you’re with the wildlife all that pales into insignificance. Read more

Capturing images of Helgoland’s Seals

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One of this years seal pups peers over the top of a dune image captured on a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

Early December 2017 saw me joining David & Jayne on a recce trip to capture images of Helgoland’s Seals (Heligoland). One look at the weather profile suggested it could be challenging but the likely number of seals & their pups on the beach made the trip look worthwhile & it was!One of this years seal pups peers over the top of a dune image captured on a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography HolidayOne of the older seals image captured on a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

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Classic portrait images from our Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

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A classic portrait of a long eared owl, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

Sean has sent in a selection of images that he captured whilst co-leading the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop during October 2017 – we are splitting them amongst a trio of blog posts – this is the first, focussed on what you’d probably describe as classic portrait images.

We always have a good selection of birds to work with; Steve our falconer ensures that the birds are in perfect condition for us & communicates with us the week before to ensure that the timetable for the sessions take in the best opportunities that we can offer.

One of the barn owls makes a guaranteed appearance on our workshops – we are lucky in that the land which we use has a large number of farm buildings on it that we can make use of – here Sean has framed the barn owl in a ramshackle algae-covered barn door.

A beautiful portrait of n inquisitive barn owl, peeking at the photographers from a ramshackle barn door, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

Second appearance for the barn owl, this time framed in the broken window of one of the farm yard buildings!

A classic portrait of a barn owl, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

A bird that has – to date – only made a few appearances on our Birds of Prey Photography Workshops, the kestrel, here posed amongst the heather.

A classic portrait of a kestrel amongst heather, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

Previously nervous, the kestrel was quite happy posing & here is seen posed on one of the fence posts at the back of the farm yard.

A classic portrait of a kestrel, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

Always a rock-star as far as we are concerned, the long-eared owl that we have available is so chilled out & poses so beautifully, always alert & focussed on the photographers.

A classic portrait of a long eared owl, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

Until recently, the peregrine falcon had not been used on our Birds of Prey Workshops, however, gradually over the last three, this bird has become a regular feature, we almost always set up the shots for this bird amongst a small quarry area, which leads to some interesting textural contrasts.

A peregrine falcon peeks over the top of a small quarry area, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography WorkshopA portrait of a peregrine falcon perched, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

Apparently now over it’s workshop-shyness, the kestrel looks to be ready to become a regular workshop subject.

A portrait of a kestrel amongst heather, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

A portrait of a kestrel, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

An old favourite, the buzzard, five years ago, this female was first introduced to workshop attendees at one of our events, now, she doesn’t bat an eyelid – as long as she has food from our falconer, in exchange for posing at the top of one of his hills for the group.

An image of a buzzard against an angry welsh sky, captured by Sean Weekly, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

2018 Birds of Prey Photography Workshops

Once again in 2018, we are running a pair of Birds of Prey Photography Workshops in mid-Wales; as mentioned above, Sean is taking over the reins from us, we cannot wait to see the results that our guests obtain with his guidance!

The first of the 2018 Birds of Prey Photography Workshops is to be held during May, specifically May 12, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – May 13, 2018 @ 4:00 pm, you can view the full details of the event & make a booking enquiry on the dedicated event page here – it would be great to have you join Sean!

Getting the best mix of safaris for the Tigers of Bandhavgarh

Dotty, surely the most magnificent tigress in the forest looking back photographed on the 2017 Tigers of Bandhavgarh Safari Holiday

We have to book our safaris for the upcoming Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday by mid-December, this is the holiday that takes place between the dates of April 13 – 22, 2018, the trip is lead for us by Jayne Bond. Beyond this date, we will still be able to take bookings, but we cannot guarantee that participants beyond that date will get the optimum mix of safaris in the various zones of Bandhavgarh National Park, but will will attempt to accommodate you into the best mix of safaris available at the time. If you would like to attend, and have the optimum mix of safaris in the various zones of Bandhavgarh National Park, then it is important that you make a booking with us before the 10th December 2017.

We can offer one last pair of places at a discounted price, this is a special offer for a pair of travelling companions or photography couple on our 2018 Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh photography holiday – £250 off per person.

The magnificent backdrop of one of Bandhavgarh's peacock's displaying photographed on the 2017 Tigers of Bandhavgarh Safari Holiday

If you are a pair of travelling companions or a couple then you can share accommodation & book two places for £2499 each instead of £2749 per person! Quote TIGERPAIR in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your places with 20% deposit only! Please note, both bookings, for the travelling companions or couple, must be made at the same time.

If you are a single traveller then bear in mind that we have made a few itinerary changes & changed the full-day safari to now be optional on our Indian Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday, this means that we have been able to bring the price down to £2749 – everything else remains the same – stunning non-shared accommodation (as seen here), so this trip is especially suitable for single travellers – & the dates are April 13 – 22, 2018.

The lodge which stay at during the the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of India Photography Holiday is luxurious and has a large pool during

Don’t forget that we ensure that only 2 guests travel in each gypsy, giving you maximum freedom of movement to capture images from the optimum angle, & space to keep you comfortable as you experience the wonders of the park over the course of the day. Photography tuition will be provided as needed by Jayne Bond LRPS, with knowledgeable wildlife guidance provided by a team of local experts – you can book now & hold your place with 20% deposit only!

Dotty, surely the most magnificent tigress in the forest looking back photographed on the 2017 Tigers of Bandhavgarh Safari Holiday

View 2018 Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday details »

 

 

Two new Hungarian Bird Photography Holidays

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A post rouse red footed falcon typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

Back in the summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Hungary to meet with a hide owner out there; I had heard great things about the area & the species on offer, but one set of hides in particular caught my attention.

A post rouse red footed falcon typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

Now, we are inviting you to join NaturesLens on a new pair of exciting photography holidays, photographing the diverse bird species that inhabit the Tisza Valley in Hungary. With a wide selection of hides designed & built to provide optimal opportunities throughout the area at our disposal, we will provide you with some of the best bird photography opportunities possible, capturing them in flight, within their habitats & interacting with one another.

A gull coasts by the pond hide typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

One of the herons takes off from the pond hide typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

Working from dawn ’til dusk watching this wonderful range of species in action, this is a pair of experiences that you won’t want to miss!

One of the female red footed falcons perched typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

The hides are designed & built to provide optimal opportunities in terms of light, background, & distance for a wide range of iconic species including Red-footed Falcon, Kestrel, Roller, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Lesser Grey Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, Middle-spotted Woodpecker, Hawfinch, Spoonbill, Black-necked Grebe, Little Grebe, Garganey, Ferruginous duck, Kingfisher, & more.

The hides are located in different habitats & the set-ups varied to provide the maximum number of species & opportunities.

A grebe floats serenely on the waters in front of the lake hide typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

For Summer 2018, we will have two new opportunities: the first, is a week long visit to the area, on a full board non-shared accommodation basis with airport transfers & all hide usage & guidance included. This photography holiday is of 7 nights duration, & costs £2199 on a non-shared basis.   It takes place in Tiszaalpár in Hungary, between the dates of 27th May – 3rd June 2018. The trip is ideal for photographing bee-eater, black-necked grebe, common kestrel, hoopoe, kestrel, kingfisher, lesser grey shrike, little grebe, middle-spotted woodpecker, red-backed shrike, red-footed falcon, roller, scops owl, spoonbill & more. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 4 participants & a maximum of 7, plus our guide.

The kestrels are frequent visitors to the hide sites typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

The second trip is in the format of an extended weekend, & it is designed to allow you to specifically photograph the amazing Red Footed Falcon & other raptors of the Kiskunság National Park.

During your 4 night stay, you will have opportunities to capture images of the falcons as they display, mate, keep their eyes on the nests, fight, & fly. This tour is the perfect introduction to the Steppe Birds of Hungary photography holiday for those who can’t manage the longer 7 day photography trip or can only get away for a long weekend.

This photography break is of 4 nights duration, & costs £1399, it takes place in Tiszaalpár in Hungary, between the dates of 29th June – 3rd July 2018. The photography break is offered on a full board, non-shared basis. As with the longer trip, the photography break starts & ends at Budapest Airport, & transfers between Budapest Airport & Tiszaalpár are included in the cost.

For the next week, both of these holidays are bookable with a £100 discount on each trip, should you book before December 8th 2017, we will automatically discount the price of the longer trip to £2099, whilst the shorter trip will cost £1299 whilst the launch offer is running.

For the longer holiday – you can hold a place with a deposit of £440 – for the shorter tour, a deposit of £280 will secure your place, in both cases, the balance is due 90 days before the holiday commences

Slovenian Bear Photography in 2018

If you were not aware – we announced it on Facebook – we have had a new guide join us for the 2018 season, specifically for the Slovenian Bear Photography Holidays, welcome aboard Neil Burton. Neil is a frequent visitor to the Slovenian Bear Photography Hides, so will be able to impart his knowledge of the bears & their habitat upon you. Accompanied by Neil, you will spend afternoons & evenings photographing the bears from within comfortable hides deep within the forest.

Neil will be leading both the trips, we have one in July, this is the Slovenian Bears & Cubs Photography Holiday.

European brown bear (ursus arctos arctos)

The second trip is in September, this is the Slovenian Bears of the Forest Photography Holiday.

A bear cub and its mother forage for food within the Slovenian Forests typical of the type of image that you may capture on the NaturesLens Slovenian Bears of the Forest Photography Holiday

Witness this beautiful solitary animal as it roams the fir & beech woodlands, tracking prey across the land that this species has called home for centuries. The images on this blog post & on the event pages, were provided by Neil, you can view many more of Neil’s images of the Slovenian Bears in his own gallery.

Slovenian brown bear

Brown bear in Slovenia