Join NaturesLens on an exciting photography trip suited to all wildlife enthusiasts, photographing the diverse bird species that inhabit the Spanish plains of Calera. With a wide selection of comfortable hides throughout the area at our disposal, we will provide you with the best bird photography opportunities possible, capturing the Birds of the Spanish Plains in flight, within their habitats & interacting with one another.
Working from dawn ’til dusk watching this wonderful range of species in action, this is an experience you won’t want to miss!
The range of bird species which thrive in Calera are a sight to behold. From the Little Owl to Black & Griffon Vultures, their characteristics & common behaviours are diverse, but they all live side by side making up a large proportion of the delicate local ecosystem which exists in this region.
Our 3 nights excursion to Calera offers opportunities to photograph a huge range of native species, including the Bee Eater, Little Owl, Black & Griffon Vultures, Lesser & Common Kestrel & Azure Winged Magpie, as well as many others. We offer an all-inclusive accommodation & meal package to ensure that all you need to worry about is taking unique & mesmerising photographs.
Sunrise & sunset are often considered the prime times of day for creative photography, so unlike other holidays & tours, we ensure that our photography sessions make the most of these times of day. This provides unrivalled exposure to the variety of species & the environment which inhabit this region.
NaturesLens provides several days of hide sessions, where you will have the opportunity to use different hides in the morning & afternoon to photograph different species. This trip is the perfect taster for those who can’t manage the longer 7 day photography trip or can only get away for a long weekend.
The freedom we provide with the times of day for photography is important, as many of these bird species are very wary & cautious around humans, & it may therefore be necessary to arrive under the cover of darkness. It will also be advisable to approach slowly, & keep noise at a minimum whilst in the hides so as not to startle the birds, as well as to optimise your chances of photographing the birds whilst they are unaware of your presence.
The weather can vary between different times of day in this region at this time of year, so we advise that you bring layers & prepare for somewhat unpredictable weather conditions. Join NaturesLens for a wildlife photography experience you will never forget.
Photographable Species: azure-winged magpie, black kite, black vulture, black-winged kite, cuckoo, great bustard, great grey shrike, griffon vulture, hoopoe, kestrel, lesser kestrel, little owl, marsh harrier, red-legged partridge
Birds of Calera Photography Holiday Availability
We recommend that you dress up warmly for the early mornings – it can get quite cold sitting in the hide in the early hours. Wearing layers is advisable so that they may be shed at a later stage where necessary.
- Warm fleece for early mornings and once the sun has set.
- Clothing for hide work should be camouflage or neutral browns & greens.
- Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.
- Digital camera body.
- Macro Lenses.
- Lenses in the range 70mm – 200mm.
- Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture & speed of focussing.
- Spare memory cards.
- Spare battery.
- Battery charger.
- Lens cleaning cloth.
- Laptop or another type of storage device – we will be shooting lots of images.
Additional NotesThe residential workshop itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
NaturesLens residential workshops require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient residential workshop places are not sold the residential workshop may not be run, this residential workshop has a minimum participant level of 3 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.
BIRDS OF THE SPANISH PLAINS PHOTOGRAPHY HOLIDAY SUMMARY
The Birds of the Spanish Plains is a photography holiday of 3 nights duration, that costs £899 & takes place in Calera y Chozas in Spain, between the dates of 30th March – 2nd April 2018. It is ideal for photographing azure-winged magpie, black kite, black vulture, black-winged kite, cuckoo, great bustard, great grey shrike, griffon vulture, hoopoe, kestrel, lesser kestrel, little owl, marsh harrier, red-legged partridge & more. This photography holiday is led by David Miles for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a full board, non-shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 3 participants & a maximum of 5, plus David. We consider this to be an event of easy level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us prior to making a booking enquiry. The photography holiday starts & ends at Madrid Airport. Transfers between Madrid Airport & Calera y Chozas are included in the cost of this photography holiday.