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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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.

An image typical of those that may be captured during the NaturesLens Butterflies & Macro Photography of Bulgaria Holiday 06

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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.

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