One of the juvenile lion cubs looking thoughtful an Image captured during the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

India’s Big Cats – the Asiatic Lions of Gir

Julianne joined us for the second week of our Indian photography tour to photograph the Asiatic Lions of Gir. She was looking to hone her composition skills & hopefully capture some stunning images of the majestic residents of the Gir forest, the Asiatic Lion.

Whilst her first day drew a blank for lion sightings, Julianne was lucky enough to spend time with a mother jackal & her adorable young pup.

A Jackal mother & one of her cubs photographed during the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

In fact, Julianne proved to be extremely lucky on her first day when during the afternoon game drive, whilst trying to get a good angle on a buzzard in a tree, she encountered a leopard lounging in the bushes. In her own words “I have been trying to get great leopard photos for a decade & this is THE best encounter!”

One of Gir's Leopards sat in the foliage capture whilst on the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

There was plenty of wildlife to practice her photography on as we drove through the forest. This stunning peacock was captured in the soft dawn light not too far from the jackal family.

An image of one of the Indian Peacocks as captured during the Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday with NaturesLens

Julianne even managed to get some nice encounters with some Indian mongoose.

An image of a Mongoose captured on the Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday with NaturesLens

No Indian safari would be complete without an image or two of the wonderfully expressive langur monkey.

One of the many Langur Monkeys looks up at the sky photographed on the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

But the stars of the show were the stunning Asiatic Lion; smaller than their African cousins, they are in no way less regal.

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The first Asiatic Lion encounter happened in glorious golden light. We thought that the lions would cross the road in front of us as they emerged from the forest.

One of the Asiatic Lion cubs photographed on the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography holiday

But much to our delight, they came out of the brush & then lounged in the middle of the road. “The lions were so beautiful & seeing them so relaxed was a privilege & made for wonderful photos” Julianne told us following the encounter.

One of the juvenile lion cubs looking thoughtful an Image captured during the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

Our little group became quite well known in the park for being lucky with big cat encounters. Whilst Lady Luck always plays a big role in sightings, it also helped that we had amazing guides & drivers, who were able to get us in the right position to get our shots.

A pair of the Asiatic Lionesses at one of the various watering holes captured on the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

Some last words from Julianne: “I had a fantastic trip & although it was very hot, I do know that is what helps to make the wildlife great. Thanks for you & your lovely wife’s help. Hopefully, see you in Japan next year.”

DO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE IMAGES OF THE ASIATIC LION FOR YOURSELF?

We have a followup trip to return to Gir to photograph the Asiatic Lions that is to be run during April of 2018, this is an opportunity for you to undertake photography of the Tigers of Bandhavgarh for yourself; the photography holiday costs £2799 each participant, this price excludes air travel – but includes full board accommodation on a non-sharing basis, jeep fees, park fees & airport transfers to make things as straightforward for you as possible, to ensure that you can make the most of this unique wildlife photography experience, the dates for the India’s Lions of Gir Photography Holiday are April 7, 2018 – April 13, 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.

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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Bandhavgarh is home to a large amount of wildlife here is a baby Langur Monkey cradled in it's mothers arms image captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of India Photography Holiday

Peter’s review of our Bengal Tigers of India Tour

In the beginning of May 2017, it was time for us to make our second attempt to capture images of the impressive Bengal Tigers of India, when I write second attempt it’s because Linda – my wife – & I, had previously been to Bardia National Park in Nepal for the very same reason,  but, because the tigers in Nepal are much wilder, it was difficult to get as close to them as we would like.

So, on this occasion, we joined NaturesLens on a trip to Bandhavgarh National Park in India. Bandhavgarh is one of the best tiger reserves in the world, with the highest population of Bengal Tigers, so the odds seemed good & the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of India Photography Holiday looked to tick all the boxes of what we hoped to achieve.

We met with Pui Hang & David of NaturesLens in New Delhi airport, also with them were Jayne & Simon, two guests from the UK, meaning that we had a nice little group of 6 persons in total.

The flight from New Delhi to Jabalpur is a relative short flight in a small plane. Getting the gear to fit in the overhead luggage compartment could have been a problem, but it turned out to be no problem at all, even David managed to persuade the cabin crew with a rather loud “IT WILL FIT” that his bag would fit, & it did!

After the flight & a drive, we arrived to Tala & our wonderful accommodation, which would be our base for the next 7 days. & a very nice base it was, large rooms, nice bathrooms, &, of course, a pool to cool off in.

The stunning accommodation that is used whilst staying in Bandhavgarh during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of India Photography Holiday

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

Tala is situated in the center of Bandhavgarh, & the entry to the biggest zone is right in middle of the small village. The park opens at 6.00 & the number of cars, better known as Gypsys are limited, for this zone only 20 Gypsys are allowed.

Excitement rose as one of Bandhavgarh's queens, Spotty, had been spotted with her cubs image captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of India Photography Holiday

You really do want to be first in the queue for entering the park, so the first morning we got up very early to be the first in-line in front of the gate.

Eagerly awaiting entrance to the zones, although it looks light, this was about 5am image captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of India Photography Holiday

It may seem luxurious, or even unnecessary to have only 2 clients in each jeep, especially when each jeep is allowed to carry up to 6 people, 3 per row, but actually, it’s necessary, as it, almost, ensures that you can always get a clean shot, without having to “shoot-through” other passengers. It is, of course more expensive, but it is money well spent!

With the Nepal-experience in mind, I was not sure what to expect, would we get a good clean shot on a decent distance, in a nice environment?

Well the short story is, we saw a lot of tigers, also at really close proximity, & in nice settings! Of course we were lucky, but a lot of the luck was directly related to the skill of the drivers, & because NaturesLens managed to get some of the best & most experienced drivers in that area, our “luck” increased – the odds were certainly stacked in our favour!

One of the juvenile Bengal Tigers located in one of the zones of Bandhavgarh National Park image captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of India Photography Holiday

One of the Queens of Bandhavgarh, Spotty, strides through the tall grass of the meadows image captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of India Photography Holiday

On the very first drive we saw 3 male cubs crossing the road right in front of us & they had plenty of time; they stopped, posed & then continued, from that time the pressure was off & we could just enjoy being there, now we had nice photos of tigers…

One of the juvenile Bengal Tigers peeks around a tree at the photographers image captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of India Photography Holiday

Striding out from the forest, one of the younger examples of Bengal Tiger found in Bandhavgarh National Park image captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of India Photography Holiday

Alert to every movement, one of the younger examples of Bengal Tiger found in Bandhavgarh National Park image captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of India Photography Holiday

Over the next days, we saw a lot more of the Bengal Tigers of India … 17 different tigers to be precise, but also many other animals. Like the jungle-cat &, of course, the many Langur Monkeys who always put on a good show!

Bandhavgarh is home to a large amount of wildlife here is a jungle cat image captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of India Photography Holiday

Bandhavgarh is home to a large amount of wildlife here is a baby Langur Monkey cradled in it's mothers arms image captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of India Photography Holiday

Despite the fact that we spent a lot of hours in the jeeps seeking out the tigers & other animals, there was always time to relax in the pool to cool down after a hot day or just enjoying the lovely surrounding at our wonderful accommodation.

The evenings were spend discussing the day’s experiences, looking through our photos or just having fun, telling good stories, all in a very cozy & relaxed atmosphere.

The only real problem is that this kind of trips are very addictive, so you just have to go again!

Thanks to Pui Hang, David, Simon & Jayne for a super trip, we can’t wait for the next tour.

DO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE IMAGES OF THE BENGAL TIGERS OF INDIA FOR YOURSELF?

We have an upcoming trip that is to be run during mid-April 2018, this is an opportunity for you to undertake photography of the Bengal Tigers of India for yourself; the photography holiday costs £3499 each participant, this price excludes air travel to New Delhi & within India itself – all ground transportation from Jabalpur & back, & to, from & within Bandhavgarh National Park, full board, non-shared accommodation & guidance/tuition is included, the dates for the Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday are April 13th – April 22nd.

Our Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday stands out from the crowd, as we have carefully organised the schedule to allow a full day’s safari in private jeeps. Unlike other jeeps, who are restricted to 3hr sessions in the park in the morning & afternoon, you will benefit from earlier entry & later exit, & an entire day within the park without having to leave, to ensure that you are able to make the most of the Bengal Tiger photography opportunities at times when the park is quietest.

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.

 

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.

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

More imagery of the Kerkini Pelicans 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 Kerkini Pelicans. This is the second part of a series of three blog posts covering the trip, with more Dalmatian Pelicans images taken by myself. If you missed the first part, then you can read it here.

A black & white portrait of one of the pelicans photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A Dalmatian Pelican lands on the frozen Lake Kerkini with the snow clad mountains in the background photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A Dalmatian Pelican lands with little drama on the ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A high key pied wagtail in the snowy environs of Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A pair of pelicans on the ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A pelican picks up a fish from the ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

The following day, we travelled to different locations from the first. This next location was on the opposite side of the lake as there was now some nice light directly on the pelicans. It was here that our local guide proposed he fed the pelicans & so we undertook another of our shoreline feeds. The ice and snow meant we were able to get close and low for some very different, wide angle images as you will see, further down this blog post.

It was great fun watching the Kerkini Pelicans fly frantically to grab the fish & at times playing some tug of war to win the prize!

A scoop of Dalmatian Pelicans jostle in position for a fish photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A scoop of Dalmatian Pelicans on the ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A trio of pelicanson the icy edges of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday Looking at one of the Dalmatian Pelicans through a gathering of many of pelicans photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday One of the Dalmatian Pelicans glides gracefully through the freezing waters of Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

We had the towering Belasitsa mountain range as a spectacular backdrop. This mountain range separates Greece & Bulgaria & they are truly stunning (especially when covered in snow). Not only were there pelicans present, but we were also treated to some Flamingos which was quite special as normally, they are too far away to get decent images of.

One of the Dalmatian Pelicans strides across the ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday One of the Pelicans lands on the ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday One of the pelicans scavenges for fish on the snow covered lake shore line photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday One of the White Pelicans sits on the snow covered shore line of Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday Straight down the barrel, one of the pelicans stares directly into the camera photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

DO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE IMAGES OF THE KERKINI PELICANS 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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A Dalmatian Pelican captured at sunrise photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

The 1st of a series of images captured on Lake Kerkini by Sean

In January I had the pleasure of co-guiding the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini Photography Holiday, 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 first part of a series of three blog posts covering the trip & showcases some of the images that I captured.

It was looking to be a unique trip as Lake Kerkini had its harshest winter in over 16 years. In fact, the weather was so harsh that the whole 17km lake had completely frozen over! This was going to make the trip completely different from any other. In the past, the itinerary was such that we would be heading out onto Lake Kerkini in boats to photograph the pelicans in beautiful morning light. This trip was not to have the same itinerary in any way whatsoever,  but it would offer a whole different experience altogether!

A black & white portrait of one of the Dalmatian Pelicans photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

On the first evening the group relaxed and settled into the homely accommodation that would be our home for the upcoming days. We sat around the log fire enjoying the warmth whilst the weather outside was hitting a very cold -14c.

A Dalmatian Pelican captured at sunrise photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A pair of Dalmatian Pelicans tussle over a fish on the banks of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

The next morning our local guide drove us 5 minutes to the lake to photograph the Pelicans at first light. There was literally only one area of the lake that had not frozen due to a constantly flowing stream that was entering the lake. Here the Pelicans could enjoy a small area of water to take refuge in. Luckily for us, the sun was rising directly behind the birds, the warmth of the morning light was starting to slowly melt the top layer of snow on the frozen lake giving us some amazing misty conditions. We spent several hours in this location before the sun became too harsh to get any more backlit images.

A pair of swans take off & fly above the snow clad surface of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday At sun rise, the pelicans started to move & wake to their frozen environment photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday Lake Kerkini is also home to the flamingos who live in the area all year round photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday One of the flamingos of the area walks through the waters of a wintery Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday One of the Pelicans catches a fish photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

DO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE IMAGES OF LAKE KERKINI 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 Lake Kerkini 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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With the signature head feathers, one of the Dalmatian Pelicans glides serenely on the icy waters of Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

Johan’s images of Kerkini’s Dalmatian Pelicans

The ice and snow that covered Lake Kerkini on this year’s Dalmatian Pelican trip facilitated some fantastic & creative images from our guests. Here are some images which were taken by Johan, who was extremely happy with the weather conditions that allowed him to unleash his creativity.
One of the young pelicans stares straight down the lens photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A look throgh at one of the Dalmatian Pelicans of KerkiniOne of the young white pelicans waits for fish photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday With the signature head feathers, one of the Dalmatian Pelicans glides serenely on the icy waters of Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

The snow & ice meant lots of opportunity for high key shots but Johan wanted to capture images that were different from the norm.  He used other birds to frame his shots & also produced some stunning work with slow shutter speeds. Thanks to an extremely friendly white pelican, there were also some great opportunities to break out the wide angle.

A long shot of one of the Dlamatian Pelicans photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday One of the Dalmatian Pelicans glides serenely on the icy waters of Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography HolidayOne of the young pelicans sits in the snow clad shore line of Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday One of the young white pelicans waits for fish photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

We were concerned that the group would be disappointed at the lack of boat trips due to the lake being frozen over.

Luckily, this wasn’t the case as the weather gave the group the opportunity to come up with some truly unique images.

Something we wildlife photographers are always looking for.

Frozen motion, some of Dalmatian Pelicans attempt to get some warmth into their wings photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday One of the young white pelicans photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A trio of Dalmatian Pelicans against a snowy backdrop photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday Two Dalmatian Pelicans spa over a fish photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A group of Dalmatian Pelicans rise from their slumber on a snowy bank on Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

Thanks again to Johan for sharing his images with us.

DO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE IMAGES OF LAKE KERKINI 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 Lake Kerkini 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.