One Of The Grizzly Bears Emerges From The Fishing Branch River Covered In Ice Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday

New dates for the Grizzlies of Bear Cave Mountain

We have been able to get some dates for a return to the Ice Bears of the Yukon, this is the photography holiday for the Grizzlies of Bear Cave Mountain – our original trip takes place during 2018, & sold out instantly; demand for places at Grizzly Bear Photography at Bear Cave Mountain is very high as only around 24 people get to spend time at the location each year!

An Atmospheric Image Of A Bear In The Landscape Of Fishing Branch River Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The NaturesLens Ice Grizzlies of Bear Cave Mountain Photographic Holiday

We have secured dates for the October 15 – 26 sessions of Ice Grizzly Photography of the 2020 season, this is late in the season & should be very cold, therefore presenting opportunities to capture images of the Grizzly Bears clad in ice when they emerge from the waters of the Fishing Branch river. The dates for this very special wildlife photography holiday are October 15 – 26, 2020.

Our time spent in the area of Bear Cave Mountain is a rare privilege, as the region is sacred to the Vuntut Gwitchin community who reside in the area; these First Nation peoples place a great ancestral & cultural value on the land & the environment within the park. The vast area was set aside by the government & local communities as an area for preservation, & the opportunity to capture its rarely disturbed wildlife population on camera is not one to miss out on. A guide with in-depth knowledge of the wildlife & culture of Fishing Branch river will assist our group throughout the experience to aid you in obtaining fantastic images that truly convey the magic of this exceptional location & the wildlife that calls it home.

An Ice Covered Grizzly Bear Of The Yukon Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The NaturesLens Ice Grizzlies of Bear Cave Mountain Photographic Holiday

We only have 3 places for 2020; if you would like to attend, then we require a deposit of £1899 to hold your place – the total cost of the trip is £9499 per person, with an itinerary as indicated below.

ICE GRIZZLIES OF BEAR CAVE MOUNTAIN PROPOSED ITINERARY

  • 15-Oct-20 – Travel to Whitehorse – overnight Whitehorse
  • 16-Oct-20 – Travel to Dawson City – overnight Dawson City
  • 17-Oct-20 – Travel to Fishing Branch River – Ice Grizzly Photography
  • 18-Oct-20 – Ice Grizzly Photography
  • 19-Oct-20 – Ice Grizzly Photography
  • 20-Oct-20 – Ice Grizzly Photography
  • 21-Oct-20 – Ice Grizzly Photography
  • 22-Oct-20 – Ice Grizzly Photography
  • 23-Oct-20 – Ice Grizzly Photography
  • 24-Oct-20 – Travel to Dawson City
  • 25-Oct-20 – Travel to Whitehorse
  • 26-Oct-20 – Travel to UK

All accommodation & meals at the camp are all included to make things as straightforward & enjoyable for you as possible. Also included are the internal transfers by helicopter to & from our river-side base, to ensure that the whole experience is truly enjoyable & you are able to focus on capturing stunning photographs to add to your wildlife portfolio. Group numbers are strictly limited, so book your place now to avoid missing out!

One Of The Grizzly Bears Emerges From The Fishing Branch River Covered In Ice Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The Ice Grizzlies of Bear Cave Mountain Photographic Holiday

A truly beautiful scene of the dalmatian pelicans with the mist rising behind them off the lake photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday

A different angle on Kerkini’s Dalmatian Pelicans

Derek has been on several photography tours & trips now with NaturesLens – you can see his images of Florida’s Blue Cypress Lake Ospreys elsewhere on our blog – & right now, he is in Calera, photographing some of the best birds that the Spanish Plains have to offer; however, in January, he joined Dan’s group & flew out to Thessaloniki, the intent of the trip, to capture some images to add to his portfolio of Kerkini’s Dalmatian Pelicans.

Like the first group, the second group found Kerkini wrapped in the cold embrace of winter conditions that had not been experienced for years; parts of the lake remained frozen whilst they were there, gradually thawing towards the end of their trip, although the normal boat trip could not head out onto the lake, our local guides took the various group members out on small fishermen’s boats instead.

A truly beautiful scene of the dalmatian pelicans with the mist rising behind them off the lake photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday

So what did Derek think about Kerkini & it’s pelicans? … ‘Well, what can I say – amazing! I have looked several times over the years & thought the pelicans are not for me. How wrong can you be? They are probably one of the most amazing birds I have photographed – character, attitude & style are just a few of the adjectives I would use to describe these birds.’

On the ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini, the pelicans waited to be fed by the fishermen photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography HolidayA dalmatian pelican demonstrably ready for a close encounter photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday One of the Kerkini Pelicans takes time to preen that impressive plummage photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography HolidayWith the ice gone melting, the pelicans resumed their normal cycle of behaviour, wanting to be fed at the shoreline photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography HolidayWaiting for the shoreline feed, the pelicans are as expectant of action as the photographers photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday

I particularly like the close-up images of the Dalmatian Pelicans that Derek captured, as he noted, the birds each have their own personality, capable of looking stern, amusing or quizzical, the one guarantee is that an eye contact image with the pelican filling the frame from Kerkini is compelling.

One of the dalmatian pelicans shows the others how to grab the fish photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography HolidayCatching fish as the others apparently watch the demonstration by one of the pelicans of Kerkini photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography HolidayA group of pelicans move as one to attempt to catch a fish photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography HolidayCatching fish is truly a competitive sport amongst the pelicans of Lake Kerkini photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography HolidayAnother set of those special conditions that you hope for at Lake Kerkini, Pelicans & mist make for dreamy sequences photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
During one morning, the group experienced the most wonderful conditions, with a delicate mist rising off the lake, & the pelicans, you can see that image at the head of this blog posting; on another with the ice still close to the shoreline, the pelicans stood expectantly waiting for fish from the fishermen of the area, with whom they have formed a relationship going back over many years. The fishermen feeding the pelicans during wintertime has led to a healthier ecosystem; the presence of the pelicans throughout the year, without them migrating, helps to keep the cormorant population at a reasonable level, which in turn balances and maintains the lake’s delicate ecosystem.

You can see a few more of Derek’s Kerkini Pelican images on his personal website.

DO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE YOUR OWN IMAGES OF KERKINI’S DALMATIAN PELICANS?

We have a single space remaining on the first trip 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, 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 Lake Kerkini Photography Holiday are January 11 – 15, 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.

A White Tailed Sea Eagle stood on the ice of one of the frozen lakes photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Winter Wildlife in Japan – Stellers & White Tailed Sea Eagles

Stellers & White Tailed Sea Eagles – more aspects of Winter Wildlife in Japan

The fourth & last instalment of Nicola’s images are dedicated to the magnificent Steller’s & White Tailed Sea Eagles. Our winter wildlife in Japan tour includes 6 boat trips to photograph these fantastic raptors. Each day, the group faced different weather conditions which presented them with different photographic opportunities. Sometimes, the eagles came so close that the group were almost over-lensed with intermediate zoom lenses!

A visit to one of several frozen lake in the area is always included in our tour, & this year yielded some great images of the eagles ‘striding’ across the ice.

A Stellers Sea Eagle sweeps it's wings forward on the ice of one of the frozen lakes photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayOne of Hokkaido's White Tailed Sea Eagles photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayOne of Hokkaido's Steller Sea Eagles swoops for a fish photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

One of the White Tailed Sea Eagles swoops for a fish photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayA White Tailed Sea Eagle lands on the Rausu pack ice photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

A White Tailed Sea Eagle stood on the ice of one of the frozen lakes photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayA White Tailed Sea Eagle soars through the air above one of the feeding sites photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Nothing can prepare you for that incredible moment when you are amongst the ice floes with eagles all around. It is pretty common for our guests to finish each of the sessions feeling as though they have been in the gym, with arms that ache from non-stop shooting.

Many of our group came on the trip to fulfil a long awaited plan to see the Snow Monkeys; however, they left saying that the highlight of the trip was actually the boat trips to photograph the eagles. In Nicola’s own words “this was an amazing trip – lots of wildlife on hand, with lots of opportunities to take stunning images.”

A Stellers Sea Eagle strides across the ice of one of the frozen lakes photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday A juvenile White Tailed Sea Eagle having just landed on the ice of one of the frozen lakes photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday A juvenile Stellers Sea Eagle eats fish whilst being pestered by a pair of crows photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

DO YOU WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH THE WINTER WILDLIFE IN JAPAN FOR YOURSELF?

With the 2018 trip full, we have opened up bookings for the 2019 trip, this is an opportunity for you to undertake photography of blakistons fish owl, red crowned crane, snow monkey, stellers sea eagle, ural owl, white tailed sea eagle, whooper swan & more in the wintery landscapes of Japan for yourself; the cost for a single traveller is £5749, with single occupancy accommodation throughout, no sharing & no single supplement!

To secure your place on this photographic tour, we require a 20% deposit – the balance will fall due on 16th November 2018 – we include all ground transportation within Japan, transport to & from shoot locations, dinners & breakfasts, accommodation, entrance fees, boat fees for six boat trips & guidance/tuition; the dates for the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Tour are February 9 – 22, 2018.

 

 

A solitary whooper swan swims in a thawed area of one of the Caldera Lakes of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Winter Wildlife in Japan – Whooper Swans & Foxes

Whooper Swans – the graceful aspect of Winter Wildlife in Japan

The Whooper Swans of Lake Kussharo are always a revelation to our guests. When one thinks of winter wildlife in Japan, the first thought is inevitably, Snow Monkeys, followed closely by Stellers’ Sea Eagles & Red Crowned Cranes. But people rarely think “I want to go there to photograph whooper swans” & who would blame them?

Take a look at Nicola’s images below. Such beautiful, elegant birds with plenty of opportunities to photograph them in flight, walking in the snow & sat on the lake with a backdrop of snow capped mountains. The possibilities are endless.

A Whooper Swan comes in to land on the snowy landscape of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday A bevy of whooper swans wander across the snowy landscape of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayA pair of whooper swans wander across the snowy landscape of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayA solitary whooper swan isolated within the snowy landscape of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayA bevy of whooper swans swimming in one of the thermal lakes found on Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday A solitary whooper swan walks on the edge of one of the Caldera Lakes of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday A duo of whooper swans clean themselves in the thawed area of one of the Caldera Lakes of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday A solitary whooper swan swims in a thawed area of one of the Caldera Lakes of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday A solitary whooper swan on the edge of one of the Caldera Lakes of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Red Fox – a frequently seen predator on Hokkaido

The stunning Red Fox is another highlight of our Japanese Winter Wildlife Tour. Looking magnificent in their winter coats, foxes are very common in Japan. They are not persecuted & therefore less nervous of humans which allows for some great encounters & photographic opportunities. They are also the subject of many Japanese folklore, the most common being that they are very intelligent, have long lives & magical powers.

One of the red foxes of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

DO YOU WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH WINTER WILDLIFE IN JAPAN FOR YOURSELF?

We have a couple of spaces remaining on our 2018 trip, this is an opportunity for you to undertake photography of blakistons fish owl, red crowned crane, snow monkey, stellers sea eagle, ural owl, white tailed sea eagle, whooper swan & more in the wintery landscapes of Japan for yourself; the cost for a single traveller is £5499, with single occupancy accommodation throughout, no sharing & no single supplement!

If you are a pair of travelling companions or a couple then you can share accommodation & book these two places for £5199 each instead of £5499! Quote JAPANPAIR in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – book now & hold your places with 20% deposit only!

To secure your place on this photographic tour, we require a 20% deposit – the balance will fall due on 17th November 2017 – we include all ground transportation within Japan, transport to & from shoot locations, dinners & breakfasts, accommodation, entrance fees, boat fees for six boat trips & guidance/tuition; the dates for the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Tour are February 10 – 23, 2018.

2018 Wildlife Photography Holiday Availability

Some of the NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holidays for 2018 are now running close to being full or have limited capacity remaining, if you would like to join any of the photography tours & trips noted below, then it may be wise to get a booking in sooner rather than later.

Greece’s Dalmatian Pelicans – the 2nd trip is full, & just two places remain available on the 1st wildlife photography holiday to join Sean in January 2018 to capture images of the awesome Dalmatian Pelicans on Lake Kerkiniwe now only have one place remaining on this trip.

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

Yellowstone’s Winter Wildlife – 2 places only remain available to join both Pui Hang & myself in January & February 2018 for some wonderful winter wildlife photography in Utah & Yellowstone.

Japan’s Winter Wildlife – there’s just 1 place available to join me during February 2018 in Tokyo & from there to travel around this most-enchanting of countries to photograph the awesome Winter Wildlife of Japan – this photography tour has now had all places reserved with a deposit, however, we have opened a page for bookings for a 2019 tour which will follow the same format.

A young snow monkey of the Jigokudani Valley photographed on the NaturesLens Japan in Winter Photography Holiday

British Columbian Bears2 places only remain available to join both Pui Hang & myself in the heart of British Columbia & to photograph the bears & other wildlife of the Taku river, during July 2018.
we now only have one place remaining on this trip.

Camargue’s Horses – 2 places available to join Pui Hang in Montpellier during September 2018 & to spend 5 days capturing images of the wild white horses of the Camargue.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (3 of 13)
Washington’s Bald Eagles – 2 places only remain available to join me in December 2018 for some winter wildlife photography of the Bald Eagles that make the rivers of Washington State their home during the colder months.

A pair of huddled snow monkeys of Hells Valley on the main island of Japan photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Winter Wildlife in Japan – Snow Monkeys

Snow Monkeys – the always amusing aspect of Winter Wildlife in Japan

Whenever we mention our Japanese Winter Wildlife Tour, the first thing most people say to us is “Do you visit the Snow Monkeys? I would love to see them!”  No trip to Japan would be complete without a visit to these charismatic primates, watching them play in the snow & relaxing in their onsen. These wonderful images were sent to us by Nicola (Billows) who was one of the participants of our 2017 trip to Japan.

One of the adult snow monkeys of Hells Valley on the main island of Japan photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday One of the very young snow monkeys of Hells Valley on the main island of Japan photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday A portrait of one of the adult snow monkeys photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday One of the adult snow monkeys bathing in the thermal spas photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayAn adult snow monkey of Hells Valley on the main island of Japan photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayOne of the young snow monkeys of Hells Valley on the main island of Japan photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

The Snow Monkeys, also known as the Japanese Macaques are probably best known as the three wise monkeys that embody the proverbial principle “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. The Japanese Macaque is better known as the Snow Monkey as it lives farther north than any other non-human primate. Except for the face & posterior, which are pink, they are covered with brown, greyish or yellowish hair. This thick coat helps the Snow Monkey to survive in temperatures as low as -20 degrees C (-4 deg. F).

A pair of huddled snow monkeys of Hells Valley on the main island of Japan photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayOne of the very young snow monkeys cuddled into it's mother photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday  A pair of snow monkeys groom each other whilst sat in the thermal pools photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

DO YOU WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH WINTER WILDLIFE IN JAPAN FOR YOURSELF?

We have a couple of spaces remaining on our 2018 trip, this is an opportunity for you to undertake photography of blakistons fish owl, red crowned crane, snow monkey, stellers sea eagle, ural owl, white tailed sea eagle, whooper swan & more in the wintery landscapes of Japan for yourself; the cost for a single traveller is £5499, with single occupancy accommodation throughout, no sharing & no single supplement!

If you are a pair of travelling companions or a couple then you can share accommodation & book these two places for £5199 each instead of £5499! Quote JAPANPAIR in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – book now & hold your places with 20% deposit only!

To secure your place on this photographic tour, we require a 20% deposit – the balance will fall due on 17th November 2017 – we include all ground transportation within Japan, transport to & from shoot locations, dinners & breakfasts, accommodation, entrance fees, boat fees for six boat trips & guidance/tuition; the dates for the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Tour are February 10 – 23, 2018.

High in the air, a duo of red crowned cranes perform their dance on the snowy landscape of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Winter Wildlife in Japan – Red Crowned Cranes

Red Crowned Cranes – the most regal aspect of Winter Wildlife in Japan

In the first of our series of blog posts on Winter Wildlife in Japan, Nicola (Billows), one of our guests on our recent Japanese Winter Wildlife tour has very kindly sent us some of her favourite images to share with you.  This first blog post showcases the regal Red Crowned Cranes.  These beautiful birds are among the largest of the crane family. They are so named because of a patch of bare, red skin on the crown, which gets brighter during the mating season.

The early morning sight at one of the red crowned crane roosting sites photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday A pair of Red Crowned Cranes in the snowy Hokkaido landscape photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

A red crowned crane having just landed on the snowy landscape of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

In Japan the Red Crowned Crane is said to live for a thousand years & a pair of them are featured in the design for the 1000 yen note. Cranes are also said to grant favors in return for acts of sacrifice. They are also known for their fairly elaborate mating dance that helps them in forming & maintaining the pair bond. This dance begins with the two cranes moving rhythmically closer until they are close enough to touch each other. They will then tilt their heads back & sound off with a fluting call together. This call will frequently trigger other such calls to start this dance, which has been beautifully captured by Nicola.

A pair of red crowned cranes perform their dance on the snowy landscape of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayA dancing pair of red crowned cranes perform their courtship on the snowy landscape of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayA solitary red crowned crane isolated within the snowy landscape of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayA trio of red crowned cranes perform their dance on the snowy landscape of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayA duo of red crowned cranes perform their dance on the snowy landscape of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayHigh in the air, a duo of red crowned cranes perform their dance on the snowy landscape of Hokkaido photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

DO YOU WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH WINTER WILDLIFE IN JAPAN FOR YOURSELF?

We have a couple of spaces remaining on our 2018 trip, this is an opportunity for you to undertake photography of blakistons fish owl, red crowned crane, snow monkey, stellers sea eagle, ural owl, white tailed sea eagle, whooper swan & more in the wintery landscapes of Japan for yourself; the cost for a single traveller is £5499, with single occupancy accommodation throughout, no sharing & no single supplement!

If you are a pair of travelling companions or a couple then you can share accommodation & book these two places for £5199 each instead of £5499! Quote JAPANPAIR in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – book now & hold your places with 20% deposit only!

To secure your place on this photographic tour, we require a 20% deposit – the balance will fall due on 17th November 2017 – we include all ground transportation within Japan, transport to & from shoot locations, dinners & breakfasts, accommodation, entrance fees, boat fees for six boat trips & guidance/tuition; the dates for the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Tour are February 10 – 23, 2018.