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

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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

Spanish Bird Photography in 2018

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Nestled in the trees within the olive grove, the little owls make their nests image captured during a NaturesLens Spanish Bird Photography Holiday

We run a number of wildlife photography holidays to the Spanish Plains, each is designed to allow you to photograph the wide variety of Spanish bird species that live in, on & above these expansive vistas; you may wonder what species are likely to be photographable during each of the various Spanish Bird Photography Trips.

One of Calera's Bustards at sunrise image captured during a NaturesLens Spanish Bird Photography Holiday

Our weekend to weekend offering, Spanish Birds of the Calera Plains, is now in the fifth year of running – this Spanish Bird photography holiday takes place between 21st – 29th April 2018 – during the 8 night duration trip, you should hopefully be able to spend time in the hides capturing images of bee-eater, black kite, black vulture, black-winged kite, cuckoo, great bustard, great grey shrike, griffon vulture, hoopoe, kestrel, lesser kestrel, little owl, red kite, red-legged partridge & more. The trip is designed to allow you to take advantage of each of the various hides, multiple times; additionally there are further hides that you should be able to make use of, one for passerines & another, the lake hide, which has produced some amazing images of stilts & other lake dwellers through the years.

On the ground, a little owl attempts to out stare the camera lens grove image captured during a NaturesLens Spanish Bird Photography Holiday

Running several weeks earlier, on 30th March – 2nd April 2018, the long weekend trip, of 3 nights duration, known as Birds of the Spanish Plains, will afford you time in the hides to capture images of black kite, black vulture, black-winged kite, cuckoo, great bustard, great grey shrike, griffon vulture, hoopoe, kestrel, lesser kestrel, little owl, red-legged partridge & more, plus hopefully, at this early point in the calendar, there will be opportunities for photography of the marsh harrier.

The afternoon sessions at the shoreline hide are often bathed in a glorious light image captured during a NaturesLens Spanish Bird Photography Holiday

At the beginning of May, specifically 5th – 7th May 2018, a weekend visit will afford clients four hide sessions, two morning & two evening, hopefully providing opportunities to photograph bee-eater, black kite, black vulture, black-winged kite, great grey shrike, griffon vulture, hoopoe, kestrel, lesser kestrel, little owl, red-legged partridge, roller & more; we also hope to include the little bustard for this 2 night trip.

Tossing an insect, this European Bee eater demonstrates it's agility image captured during a NaturesLens Spanish Bird Photography Holiday

Our last trip for 2018, sees us visit during the weekend of 26th – 28th May 2018, this trip, will again afford clients four hide sessions, two morning & two evening, hopefully providing opportunities to photograph the following species, bee-eater, black kite, black vulture, great grey shrike, griffon vulture, little bustard, little owl, red kite, roller & more besides.

A mated pair of the little owls that live in one of the nearby olive groves photographed during the Natureslens Birds of Spain Photography Holiday

The location of the hides in the area surrounding Toledo is superb, teeming with wildlife & has never failed to impress, this is why we have used this network of hides for the last four years, & will continue to do so, it would be great to have you join NaturesLens for any of the above wildlife photography holidays, the 8 night trip is led for NaturesLens by Sean Weekly, whilst Pui Hang & myself split the guiding duties on the weekend visits – all four of the Spanish Bird Photography Trips are conducted on a full board, non-shared hotel room basis; & we include easy transfers between Madrid Airport & Calera y Chozas.

One of the Lesser Kestrels passes food to it's mate photographed on one of the pair of NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holidays to capture images of the Birds of Spain

Join BWPA Winner, Dan Trim, in Bulgaria

An image typical of those that may be captured during the NaturesLens Butterflies & Macro Photography of Bulgaria Holiday 01

Join BWPA Winner & long-time NaturesLens guide, Dan Trim, for the Butterflies & Macro Photography of Bulgaria Photography Holiday. Alongside Dan, you will find that Bulgaria in summer offers excellent macro photography opportunities due to its rich biodiversity & variety of habitats.

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The Butterflies & Macro Photography of Bulgaria Holiday is of 7 nights duration & is ideal for photographing butterflies, orchids & more, & is offered on a full board, non-shared basis, between the dates of 17th – 24th June 2018. You can hold a place with a £300 deposit, the trip itself costs £1399 per participant.

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The rich biodiversity & variety of habitats offers excellent opportunities to capture images of dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, spiders, beetles, flowers & orchids as well as a kaleidoscope of butterflies.

The sessions will comprise of early starts & late evenings to take advantage of the best light & the fact that the butterflies & insects are normally motionless at this time. The early afternoons can be used to take a siesta or enjoy the excellent panoramic views, whilst avoiding the harsh midday sun.

We offer an all-inclusive accommodation & meal package to ensure that all you need to worry about is taking unique & mesmerising photographs. Flights to Sofia are not included within our package price.

You can view all the details of this new photography holiday here – including the itinerary & the species that we hope you will be able to add to your photography portfolio.

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Dan Trim wins the BWPA Photographic Competition

The BWPA winning image photographed by Daniel Trim, a member of the NaturesLens guiding team

Everyone at NaturesLens is proud to congratulate Dan Trim, one of the founding members of our guiding team, who has this year won the BWPA Photographic Competition with the image show below.

The BWPA winning image photographed by Daniel Trim, a member of the NaturesLens guiding team

Dan is a veteran of the NaturesLens guiding team, being with us almost from the day that we started; he has led events to Skomer, where guests photographed the comical Atlantic Puffin with Dan offering guidance & advice, & Kerkini, where he led a trip in the best conditions, to photograph the awesome Dalmatian Pelicans, for winter photography that had been experienced for many years. He took over from myself in the guiding duties for Calera & made the trip his own, making friendships with those who attended & gaining some great testimonials along the way – & of course impressing all with both the images that he captured & the enthusiasm that he brings to a trip.

He was instrumental in setting up our Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday, & suggested last year that he had a couple of new ideas for trips that he would like to do some research into & take on the guiding duties for – hence the already announced Golden Eagles of Swedish Winter Photography Holiday & another that we are announcing in an email that follows this one, a week long photography holiday focused on the Butterflies & Other Macro Subjects of Bulgaria.

A Golden Eagle & Red Fox encounter in the snow typical of the kind of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Golden Eagles of Swedish Winter Photography Holiday

If you would like to join Dan on either of these trips, there are a couple of places left on the Golden Eagles of Swedish Winter Photography Holiday, for the dates of 8th – 13th March 2018; plus the brand new Butterflies & Other Macro Subjects of Bulgaria Photography Holiday, which is to be held during June 2018, specifically the dates of 17th – 24th June 2018.

Once again – congratulations Dan – a worthy winner indeed!

David

We have a place become re-available for Zimanga in 2018

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A low level image of a herd of elephant, typical of those that may be captured at Zimanga Game Reserve during the NaturesLens African Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday

We have had a place become re-available to join NaturesLens in South Africa & to photograph the African wildlife of the Zimanga Reserve, the first reserve in Africa to be designed specifically to satisfy the needs of today’s wildlife photographer.

A low level image of a herd of elephant, typical of those that may be captured at Zimanga Game Reserve during the NaturesLens African Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday

You can join the NaturesLens African Hides & Safari Photography Holiday, which is taking place between the dates of 4th – 11th May 2018, for £3599 – details of the whole trip are available here, this is a trip that sold out as soon as we released dates for it & we did not anticipate having a place become re-available – hold your place with a 20% deposit only.

A low level image of a rhino, typical of those that may be captured at Zimanga Game Reserve during the NaturesLens African Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday

The African bushveld is an environment famed for its variety in wildlife, & the unique safari experience it can provide for wildlife photography enthusiasts. Join NaturesLens photography leaders on an African wildlife experience, delving deep into sub-tropical bushland; photographing incredible native species from both jeep & specially designed hides which are embedded within the landscape.

This is a trip you’ll never forget, & will have you leaving with both stunning images & memories which you will treasure for a lifetime. Places are limited so make sure to book early to avoid missing out.

Our trip offers you 5 traditional game viewing drives from open safari vehicles, with no more than two photographers per row to ensure maximum comfort & access to the best angles for photography. These are not limited to tracks, so off-roading will give you maximum photography opportunities. You will also have at your disposal a range of water-level hides, which are perfectly positioned to capture images of the African wildlife at their eye-level. These hides have been created with the photographer in mind, providing the optimum structure & positioning throughout the reserve.

Accommodation & internal transport is included within the price of the trip to keep things simple for you & NaturesLens will provide photography tuition as needed.

This is a trip you will never forget – book now to avoid disappointment & to take advantage of the fact that a place has become re-available!