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

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

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!

A new winter tour to capture images of the majestic Golden Eagle

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A Golden Eagle landing on a snow clad tree typical of the kind of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Golden Eagles of Swedish Winter Photography Holiday

We invite you to join us for 6 days & 5 nights, spending time within the forested wilderness of Sweden, photographing the native golden eagles as they thrive in this wintery wonderland. Dan Trim, one of the team of NaturesLens photography leaders, will provide tuition on an as needed basis, assisting you in obtaining the best possible images.

Photographing these impressive birds within stunning forested & mountainous landscapes, you will have opportunities to capture motion shots of the birds in flight, soaring overhead as they track prey, feeding, & resting within their protected habitats.

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

The Golden Eagles of Swedish Winter is a photography holiday of 6 days (5 nights duration), that costs £1599 & takes place in Skellefteå in Sweden, between the dates of 8th – 13th March 2018.

This new photography holiday offering is offered to you on a full board, non-shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 3 participants & a maximum of 5, plus Dan.

You can find more details on the dedicated event page – to hold a place we require a £320 deposit, with the balance due 90 days prior to the trip commencing.

White-Tailed Sea Eagles on the Polish Winter Wildlife Tour

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One of the White-Tailed Sea Eagles comes in to land against the backdrop of the Białowieża Forest - typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Elsewhere, we have covered the Goshawk, Buzzard & Woodpeckers that you might encounter on the Polish Winter Wildlife Tour, amongst the other species, & one that many people hope to be able to photograph are the White-Tailed Sea Eagles, there are two days spent in dedicated hides, hopeful that these enormous avian predators come into visit the feeding sites.

One of the White-Tailed Sea Eagles comes in to land against the backdrop of the BiaÅ‚owieża Forest - typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayA mature White Tailed Sea Eagle circles against the backdrop of the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayA juvenile White-Tailed Sea Eagle circles against the backdrop of the BiaÅ‚owieża Forest - typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Obviously, the eagles visiting the feeding sites is dependent upon a number of factors, not least of which is that it is cold enough that their only food source is that which is placed out for them.

A trio of squabbling White-Tailed Sea Eagles photographed at a hide set within the environs of the Białowieża Forest - typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayA mature White-Tailed Sea Eagle strides through the snowy environs of the Białowieża Forest - typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

The other bird of prey that is commonly seen & that often interacts with the White-Tailed Sea Eagles, mainly as it also wants to scavenge food that is available, is the Common Buzzard.

A pair of Common Buzzards squabbling over food photographed at a hide set within the environs of the Białowieża Forest - typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday A pair of squabbling Common Buzzards photographed at a hide set within the environs of the Białowieża Forest - typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday A perched Common Buzzard photographed at a hide set within the environs of the Białowieża Forest - typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

DO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE IMAGES OF THE POLISH WHITE-TAILED SEA EAGLES FOR YOURSELF?

We have a photography tour that is to be run at the end of January 2018, this is an opportunity for you to undertake photography of the wildlife of the Białowieża Forest, including the White-Tailed Sea Eagles, for yourself; the photography holiday costs £1499 each participant, this price excludes air travel to Warsaw itself – all ground transportation from Warsaw & back, & to & from shoot locations, accommodation & guidance/tuition is included, the dates for the NaturesLens Polish Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday are January 21 – 28, 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.

What species will you find on the Polish Winter Wildlife tour?

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One of Goshawks found in the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

What are some of the species that you might get to photograph if you were to attend the Natureslens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday; we have it on good authority from our local guide in the Białowieża Forest, that the European Bison are confiding, & photographable, but that the surprise in the last season was a growth in the number of & variety of types of woodpecker in the region.

One of the varieties of woodpecker found within the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Polish Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday One of many woodpeckers found within the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday Just one of the various species of woodpecker found within the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Polish Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

The other species that underwent a grew in sightings was the Goshawk – our local guide, Marek, has provided us with some truly amazing imagery of this avian predator – just look at the image below of a confrontation between a Goshawk & a Buzzard – what a moment that must have been to capture!

A goshawk & a buzzard fight in the environs of the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Polish Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayA Goshawk on snowy ground located in the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayA Goshawk in the snow on the outskirts of the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayOne of Goshawks found in the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Polish Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

DO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE IMAGES OF THE POLISH WINTER WILDLIFE FOR YOURSELF?

We have a photography tour that is to be run at the end of January 2018, this is an opportunity for you to undertake photography of the wildlife of the Białowieża Forest for yourself; the photography holiday costs £1499 each participant, this price excludes air travel to Warsaw itself – all ground transportation from Warsaw & back, & to & from shoot locations, accommodation & guidance/tuition is included, the dates for the NaturesLens Polish Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday are January 21 – 28, 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.

Sorcha’s view of the land of the Wild Brown Bear

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A portrait of one of the juvenile wild brown bears photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holidays

I was very excited waiting for the day I was to head off to on an adventure to see &, hopefully, capture some images of the wild brown bears of Finland for myself. I had previously spent a wonderful weekend with NaturesLens on their “Birds of Prey Workshop” prior to going abroad, this was primarily to help hone my, admittedly, very basic photography skills when it comes to wildlife & the capture of images of nature.

After this taster I was keen to get going on my wild brown bear trip & to try out my newly acquired skills. The time soon came & I was in this wonderful boreal location where wild brown bears were to be found & it was just beautiful; watching the sun rise, set & rise again in a few hours in the land of the “midnight sun”, lakes with mist gathering & the white balls of cotton grass seeds swaying in the breeze.

One of the large male wild brown bears up close to one of the hides photographed during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holidays Read more