Calling Black Grouse photographed in the Scottish Highlands during lekking season

Black Grouse Lek photography in Scotland

One of our personal highlights during 2014 was photographing Black Grouse in Scotland. We have photographed lekking black grouse before at a number of sites, but 2014 was very special! The setting for these sessions of black grouse photography was perfect & the conditions all came together. We are now able to offer this to others, but why stop at just Black Grouse Lek photography? Our trip consists of a packed pair of days which will allow you to also photograph red grouse & the ptarmigan, (a white grouse variant), plus we have great accommodation lined up & some of the best backdrops you could hope for.

Calling Black Grouse photographed in the Scottish Highlands during lekking season

Reserve a place on the NaturesLens Black Grouse Photography Holiday, with a deposit of only £100, balance due March 2015.

We have availability on the four days encompassing the Easter 2015 weekend, so that is either the Friday & Saturday or, the Sunday & Monday. Whichever days you choose, you should leave the pair of days with some fantastic shots, we certainly have done so in the past!

If the climb to the ptarmigan is not suitable, subject to the agreement of all guests, we can substitute in mountain hare, who at this time of year look brilliant as they are changing coat from winter coat to summer, often resulting in multi-coloured hares, some with brown body & white heads, others the inverse with white body but a brown head.

If you would like to book the NaturesLens Black Grouse Lek Photography Holiday, you can view full details here & send through an enquiry.

Skomer Photography Holiday reservations

Due to the fact that NaturesLens have to give a firm booking commitment when booking the rooms with the wildlife trust for our 2015 Skomer Photography Holiday, we will be closing reservations for the 3 day photography holiday on Sunday 5th October 2014, that is just 5 weeks away!

This event is now full – please consider emailing us if you would like to attend the 2016 event & be placed onto a list to be informed when we have an announcement to make regarding that photographic holiday.

For the Skomer Photography Holiday, we include evening meals, breakfasts, landing fees, plenty of laughter & the opportunity to photograph the island whilst no-one other than our party is on the island, including the amazing golden hour photography.

Puffin on Skomer stretches its wings prior in the soft evening light - photographed on a NaturesLens Skomer Photography Holiday

 Skomer Photography Holiday 2014 Testimonial

Having want to visit Skomer for quite some time, it was always at the back of my mind but I knew the only way to do it properly would be to stay on the Island itself. The opportunity to do so came up with NaturesLens & I’m delighted I chose them to fulfil my needs. Everything was taken care of, from dietary requirement requests down to the full ins & outs of what to expect from ‘island life’. It took all the hassle out of the planning side of things so I could concentrate on how to approach the photographic aspect. Furthermore, David & the team are a friendly welcoming bunch & made the two day visit even more enjoyable. Two big thumbs up!

Read a blog post from Richard Peters about his time with us during the 2014 trip … & why he has booked to come back with us in 2015.

If you too, would like to attend & spend three days & nights on the island, having the opportunity to photograph the puffins, in the golden hour, when no-one else is on the island, please contact us to make a reservation, you can pay a deposit of £100 now, with the balance due in mid-2015.

An osprey pulls itself from the water with a trout grasped in it's talons - photographed on a NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holiday

July 2015 Osprey Photography Holiday

An osprey pulls itself from the water with a trout grasped in it's talons - photographed on a NaturesLens Osprey Photography Holiday

We are happy to announce an osprey workshop for July, 2015; NaturesLens have secured accommodation & hide spaces for a stunning Osprey Photography Holiday during July 2015; these osprey photography sessions are one of the most exciting sessions of photography a wildlife photographer can encounter. The sessions typically start at 4.30am, the anticipation builds, the birds come in to fish, a splash as the bird dives to the loch an to grab a trout, then the lift-off … an exhilarating experience to photograph.

The bulk of the days are free for participants to catch up on sleep, however, one of the days does include an early evening session of Osprey Photography in the same hides. These evening sessions provide opportunities for backlit shots.

The NaturesLens Osprey Photography Holiday, which costs £599, includes:

  • Two morning hide sessions for photography of the ospreys as they fish to feed their new offspring.
  • One evening hide session for photography of the diving ospreys.
  • Accommodation at the High Range Lodge Hotel from July 9th – July 11th.
  • Tuition as required.
Reserve a place on the NaturesLens Osprey Photography Holiday in Aviemore, with a deposit of only £150, your balance will be due May 2015.

In addition to the Osprey Photography Holiday in Aviemore, NaturesLens will, if demand is sufficient, run a 3 day trip immediately afterwards to Mull for several days of Sea Eagle Photography. This extension will include transport to Mull, three nights bed & breakfast accommodation, two public Sea Eagle Photography Cruises & two exclusive Sea Eagle Photography Cruises.

A White Tailed Sea Eagle poses on a frozen lake - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

White Tailed Sea Eagles of Poland

A White Tailed Sea Eagle - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

Phil, who is guiding the NaturesLens White Tailed Sea Eagle Winter Photography Holiday in January has provided us with some more photos of the kind of images that our clients should be able to secure themselves if they join him in Poland during mid-January 2015. The eagles themselves are impressive, but against such a stark landscape they should look even more so.

A White Tailed Sea Eagle strides across the surface of a frozen lake photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide A White Tailed Sea Eagle prepares to land on a frozen lake - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

Reserve a place on the NaturesLens White Tailed Sea Eagle Winter Photography Holiday, with a deposit of only £200, your balance will be due December 2014.

A White Tailed Sea Eagle posed on a frozen lake -  photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

A swooping White Tailed Sea Eagle - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

The behaviour that singles out this site & makes the opportunities so special for White Tailed Sea Eagle winter photography, is that any gathering of eagles in these large numbers invariably leads to fights over the supplementary food put out for them. If we are lucky enough to get snow for our visit, then the fighting can reach frenzied levels, and leads to incredible photographic opportunities.

A diving White Tailed Sea Eagle - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide   A White Tailed Sea Eagle comes in to land - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide A White Tailed Sea Eagle poses on a frozen lake - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide A White Tailed Sea Eagle flies into shot - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

The NaturesLens White Tailed Sea Eagle Winter Photography Holiday is priced at £899 & includes:

  • 4 day-long hide sessions for photography of the White Tailed Sea Eagles.
  • All Accommodation & meals.
  • All transfers and transport within Poland.
  • Tuition as required.
Reserve a place on the NaturesLens White Tailed Sea Eagle Winter Photography Holiday, with a deposit of only £200, your balance will be due December 2014.
An Alaskan Bald Eagle perches in a tree above the snow & ice of an Alaskan plain

Bald Eagles Photography in Alaska

We have just posted the event page & details for our Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday, to run during November 2016, the trip is to be conducted in & around the Chilkat Valley. Every portion of the preserve is used by eagles at some time during the year but from October to February, more than 3000 eagles congregate here to feed on spawning chum salmon.

An Alaskan Bald Eagle perches in a tree above the snow & ice of an Alaskan plain

Spanning seven days, the NaturesLens Bald Eagles Photography Holiday will include 6 days filled with Bald Eagle photography opportunities. Participants will have the opportunity to photograph Bald Eagles on their nests in the trees, diving & fighting for fish or sitting within the landscape. Read more

Puffin on Skomer stretches its wings prior in the soft evening light - photographed on a NaturesLens Puffins Photography Holiday

Second date for Puffins Photography Holiday

One of Skomers famous Puffins at The Wick  - photographed on a NaturesLens Puffins Photography HolidayDue to overwhelming demand for places on our Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday which booked out all available places for the 2015 trip within a week, we are contemplating running a second trip if the numbers justify it. Therefore, if you missed out on securing a place on our 2015 residential puffins photography trip & would like to attend a possible second trip, please make a booking enquiry using the form here.

This event is now full – please consider emailing us if you would like to attend the 2016 event & be placed onto a list to be informed when we have an announcement to make regarding that photographic holiday.

Our Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday expands on the success of this event in previous years & based on a number of people’s feedback, we have increased our stay on the island from two nights to three nights. The cost of the trip is £450, this is for 3 nights on the island, as previously, we include evening meals, breakfasts, landing fees, plenty of laughter & the opportunity to photograph the iconic puffin at dawn & dusk.

Puffin amongst the ground cover of The Wick on Skomer Island - photographed on a NaturesLens Puffins Photography Holiday

Skomer is not only about the puffins, although they are without a doubt the stars of the show. The more sedate razorbills & Guillemots watch visitors from the rugged cliffs that make up the island’s terrain. Inland of the island, there are colonies of short-eared owls, these beautiful birds of prey fly & hunt during the day on the island. During the evening, Skomer becomes home to what is believed to be the largest population in the world of manx shearwaters. The island becomes alive with their calls as they return to their burrows.

Puffin on Skomer stretches its wings prior in the soft evening light - photographed on a NaturesLens Puffins Photography Holiday

Female Buzzard on a kill. Photographed on the NaturesLens Welsh Birds of Prey workshop

Autumn Welsh Birds of Prey workshop

Our Welsh Birds of Prey workshop has now been moved to September to enable our guests to photograph the birds in stunning autumnal colours. Since this is the fourth year we have run this workshop, we decided it was time for a change to keep things fresh & interesting.

The location for this Welsh Birds of Prey workshop is a 500-acre working farm in mid Wales with stunning natural backgrounds, natural perches, derelict buildings, open fields & a fantastic quarry providing wonderful colours & textures for a variety of shots.

Little Owl looking over textured tree photographed during the Welsh Birds of Prey workshop run by NaturesLens

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