Royal Bengal Tiger photographed in Bandhavgarh India on a wildlife photography workshop featuring the Tigers of Bandhavgarh

Tigers of Bandhavgarh next Summer looks to be brilliant!

We didn’t have an opportunity to visit the Tigers of Bandhavgarh during the just completed season, we headed to other tiger reserves in India … but Anjan did, & has kindly granted us permission for us to use some of his recently captured images – Many Thanks Anjan!

In 2017, we will be returning to Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh, our Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday will once again take place in Bandhavgarh National Park, best known for having the highest density of Bengal Tigers of all the Indian national parks.

The Rajbehera female's male cub - photographed by Anjan Lal - join NaturesLens in April 2017 on a wildlife photography holiday to Bandhavgarh

Much has changed in Bandhavgarh since we started visiting the park over 7 years ago. We have mourned the loss of famous tigers such as B2, his brother Bokha, Chorbehra, the limping tigress, & Kankutti the one-eyed tigress. We have watched as Bhamera, B2’s son rose to power & his queen, Benbai fiercely protected her cubs from intruders. We experienced the thrill of hearing this royal couple calling for each other throughout the jungle & marvelled at the appearance of the mysterious tiger with blue eyes.

There has been much tragedy in Bandhavgarh over the years but there has also been much joy & next summer will, we believe, prove to be extremely exciting indeed.

Benbai’s cubs are sub adult now & her son is the epitome of a prince in waiting. Like his father before him, he loves to sit out in the open for his adoring fans.

The male Banbehi Cub of Tala Zone - photographed by Anjan Lal - join NaturesLens in April 2017 on a wildlife photography holiday to Bandhavgarh

The male Banbehi Cub, likely one of the future rulers of Bandhavgarh - photographed by Anjan Lal - join NaturesLens in April 2017 on a wildlife photography holiday to Bandhavgarh

Rajbera’s cubs are now hunting under the watchful gaze of their mother. The male cub has all the makings of a future king of Bandhavgarh – he is both cunning & bold. It will be interesting to see how he measures up to Benbai’s son in the coming years.

The Rajbehera female's male cub stalking - photographed by Anjan Lal - join NaturesLens in April 2017 on a wildlife photography holiday to Bandhavgarh

Rajbera herself, beautiful, elegant & much loved. We watched enthralled as a heavily pregnant Rajbera drove her daughter from her first litter away to protect her then unborn cubs. We look forward to seeing her again with her new family.

The elegant Tiger Queen of Bandhavgarh - Rajbehera Tigress is now a mother to four adorable cubs - photographed by Anjan Lal - join NaturesLens in April 2017 on a wildlife photography holiday to Bandhavgarh

There is also a new male making himself known in Magdhi zone, called Mahaman male. Judging from the scars on his nose, he intends to be the new dominant male.

The Massive Mahaman Male Tiger observed in the Magdhi Zone of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve - photographed by Anjan Lal - join NaturesLens in April 2017 on a wildlife photography holiday to Bandhavgarh

For me, the most exciting news is that Spotty, the blue-eyed tigress & daughter of Blue Eyes, has given birth to her first litter. She has also moved out of Magdhi zone into Tala, presumably to give her mother Pathiya some space with her own sub-adult cubs. There have been many sightings of Spotty with her tiny cubs. She has also been seen making frequent kills to feed her new family. I can’t wait to find out if any of her cubs have inherited her blue eyes.

The Spotty Tigress observed dragging a kill towards her cubs in the Tala Zone of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve - photographed by Anjan Lal - join NaturesLens in April 2017 on a wildlife photography holiday to Bandhavgarh

Why not join me on the NaturesLens trip to photograph the Tigers of Bandhavgarh in April 2017. Unlike many similar wildlife photography holidays, our price includes a full day safari where we get to enter the park 15 minutes before it opens to the public in the morning, stay in the park throughout the day without having to come out, right through to 15 minutes after the park closes in the evening. Our jeeps carry just two clients in each vehicle so plenty of space to move around. Our accommodation is a luxurious lodge just minutes away from the park where all single travellers get their own room without having to pay a single supplement.

The type of room that our clients have the use of during the NaturesLens Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday - no single supplement for single travellers

Photograph the Tigers of Bandhavgarh for yourself

The dates for this photography holiday are 18th – 26th April 2017 & normally costs £3299, but … see below …

Our price includes accommodation on a full board basis, airport transfers within India, park entry fees, jeep fees, game drives including an all day safari. International & domestic flights, drinks & items of a personal nature are excluded.

Until the 10th July, the 2017 Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday is reduced by £250 – which means you’ll pay £3049 instead of £3299. These places are limited however, once they are gone, they are gone! The headline features of this photography tour, which is has a special price of £3049, are as follows:

  • To be conducted between the dates of April 18, 2017 – April 26, 2017.
  • Lead by Pui Hang Miles.
  • 11 morning & afternoon safaris providing photography of the Bengal Tigers & other wildlife of Bandhavgarh National Park!
  • Included all day safari, which is an opportunity to explore the park & capture images at a time when the park is not open to the public.
  • Like most of our tours – No single supplement!
  • Easy flights into & out of New Delhi.
  • All meals, airport transfers, accommodation & activities whilst in Bandhavgarh are included.
  • Tuition on an as-needed basis from Pui Hang.

The Rajbehera female with her male cub - the future new king soon to rule his kingdom at Bandhvgarh - photographed by Anjan Lal - join NaturesLens in April 2017 on a wildlife photography holiday to Bandhavgarh

One of the males of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, he's covered in green algae ... he's not half green - photographed by Anjan Lal - join NaturesLens in April 2017 on a wildlife photography holiday to Bandhavgarh

 

 

Birds of the Spanish Plains from a recent visit

Although our main photography holiday for the birds of the Spanish plains takes place in late April or early May; for the first time this year, we additionally visited at the end of May, specifically over the bank holiday weekend. Our local guide opined that some of the species would have left & the young of others would have fledged, so there was a possibility of a lesser selection of species to photograph – this would not be a hardship, given only four photography sessions over the weekend & plenty of species remaining, we would still have plenty to photograph.

As it turned out, this was not the case, we had virtually the same species as those who had visited 6 weeks previous; due to rains earlier in the season, the bee-eaters were still courting, nest-building & mating, the black-shouldered kites had not departed for their migration south & many other species were still displaying a full set of behaviours.

Jason was amongst those who accompanied us on this trip to our location, which is about 90 minutes from Madrid, he has kindly sent in a selection of the images that he captured whilst on the Spanish plains, he had sessions with shrike, bee-eater, hoopoe & time in the carrion hide, which sees visits from black & red kites, storks, many vultures, ravens & more.

We have one place remaining available for the 2017 weekend, which will be held between the dates of May 27th – 29th 2017, if you’d like to attend & capture images of the birds of the Spanish plains for yourself, send us a message using our contact form.

Jason has kindly sent us a selection of his images that we are happy to publish below:

A male bee-eater delicately passes a freshly caught insect to a female of the species - photographed on a NaturesLens Photography Holiday to Spain to photograph the birds of the Spanish plains Read more

The dreamy Dalmatian Pelicans of the Greek Lakes

Dalmatian Pelicans are by a small margin the largest of the pelican species & as a whole one of the largest living bird species.

Almost prehistoric in appearance, the dalmatian pelicans of Greece are extremely photoegenic - photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini wildlife photography holiday

An adult pelican can measure up to 185 cm in length, weigh up to 15 kg in weight & have a wingspan of up to 350cm. A Dalmatian Pelican’s average weight is around 11.5 kg, which makes it amongst the heaviest flying bird species in the world, although the largest individuals among male bustards & swans may be heavier than one of the largest individual Dalmatian pelican.

The focal point of the pelican is often the eye, staring out from underneath the messy hairdo - photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini wildlife photography holiday

Dalmatian Pelicans appear to have one of the largest wingspans of any living bird, rivaling those of the great albatrosses & the great white pelican.

One of Greece's Dalamatian Pelicans drifts serenely on the surface of the lake - photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini wildlife photography holiday

In winter, adult Dalmatian pelicans go from silvery-grey to a dingier brownish-grey cream colour, whilst the young birds are grey. During the breeding season, adult birds have an orange-red lower mandible & pouch against a yellow upper mandible, additionally their plumage reverts to the silvery-grey. In winter, the whole bill is a somewhat dull yellow.

Dalmatian Pelicans are often silent, as most pelicans tend to be, although during the mating season, it can be fairly vocal, during this period it may engage in a wide range of guttural, deep vocalisations, including barks, hisses & grunts.

In full breeding plummage & with their pouch a vibrant orange, the dalmatian pelicans make for an entrancing photographic subject - photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini wildlife photography holiday

Dalmatian Pelicans are generally found in lakes, rivers, deltas & estuaries, as a species, the Dalmatian Pelican is less opportunistic in breeding habitat selection than other pelicans, in general returning to a traditional breeding site year after year unless it becomes completely unsuitable.

A ripple in the water disrupts the relection of one of the Dalamatian Pelicans as it drifts serenely on the surface of the lake - photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini wildlife photography holiday

During the season of winter, Dalmatian Pelicans usually stay on ice-free lakes in Europe or seasonal lakes in India.

A ripple in the surface of Lake Kerkini's water disrupts the relection of one of the Dalamatian Pelicans as it drifts serenely on the surface of the lake - photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini wildlife photography holiday

Dalmatian Pelicans have declined greatly throughout its range, more so than any other of the pelicans. Reportedly, there were once millions of Dalmatian pelicans in Romania alone. During the 20th century, the species’ numbers underwent a dramatic decline for reasons that are not entirely understood. The most likely reason was habitat loss due to human activities such as the drainage of wetlands & land development.

A Dalamatian Pelicans drifts serenely on the surface of the lake - photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini wildlife photography holiday

Why not photograph the Dalmatian Pelicans for yourself?

Lake Kerkini is one of the most important wetlands in Europe & it is easy to see why. For photographers keen to add more birds to their wildlife portfolio, a sojourn in Lake Kerkini provides an abundance of opportunities. Our focus during our photography holiday is the striking Dalmatian Pelican, which can be seen at Lake Kerkini from mid-January through to March.

Unlike many similar wildlife photography trips, the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini photography holiday gives three days at the lake & our accommodation is convenient & comfortable, just five minutes from Lake Kerkini, which allows us to maximise photography time. There are two sessions per day, with boat trips in the morning & shoreline feeding in the afternoon.

Our photography holiday for the dates of January 12, 2017 – January 16, 2017 still has spaces available & costs £949 for the 5 day trip, lead by Dan Tim, the trip includes all food, accommodation, boat trips, shoreline feeds & airport transfers!

A great selection of client images from our Osprey Photography Holiday

If you ever wondered how some of our photography holidays come about, many of them are worked on with our clients, between us ideas are born & from there progressed, or as Derek, who attended the NaturesLens Osprey Photography Holiday, says …

“It was about two years ago that David & I started talking  about the possibilities of photographing Ospreys in Florida. We had both decided that most of the different possibilities of photographing Ospreys in the UK had pretty much been done to death & we wanted to try and get a different portfolio of Osprey images.

David did a lot of work in putting the trip together & also included a variety of birds other than the ospreys at ‘rookeries’ as it was the nesting season for most egret & heron type birds. David, using his contacts in Florida, also managed to locate a site to photograph the 3rd rarest bird in North America, the Snail Kite!

We all knew the trip would be good but it was not until we got there we realised how good … the photography opportunities were simply amazing & the lake setting quite magical just on it’s own.

Hopefully, the images that I captured below will go some way to demonstrating the superb photographic opportunity, I would fully recommend the trip to anyone who wants that different & special image.”

Here is a selection of the images that Derek captured whilst in Florida attending our Osprey Photography Holiday during late-April 2016 …

Wings fully spread, an osprey comes in to land at the nest - most nests are at eye level or just above - meaning photography is engaging - photographed on the NaturesLens Osprey Photography Holiday conducted in Florida during April 2016 Read more

Last available place for the Japanese Wildlife tour

We have one last available place for the Japanese Wildlife Tour, prices have started to rise on the flights from the UK to Japan, to counter this, we have decided to offer the last place at a £249 discount to offset the airfare rise, this is the only discount we will be applying to this trip … & there is only one place available at this price!

Japanese Trio of classic wildlife images

Imagine travelling through a winter landscape in a country heavy with tradition, where you can encounter & photograph entrancing snow monkeys, beautiful dancing red-crowned cranes, dreamlike swans on a snow covered frozen lake plus both Steller’s & White Tailed Sea Eagles on drifting pack ice, this is exactly what the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Tour offers.

Book now to secure the last place with a 20% deposit only payable now – & take the £249 discount that is available!

Why not join Dan to photograph the Dalmatian Pelicans?

We’re happy to announce a second photography holiday to photograph the awesome Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini during January 2017 – the first trip is already full & so we have a second set of dates available for you to capture some wonderfully serene images like Richard did in January this year, as you can see below.

A solitary Dalmatian Pelican floats serenely on the milky lake - photographed by Richard Coles during the 2016 NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday

The Dalmatian Pelicans, despite what you might initially think, are extremely photogenic, & a heck of a lot of fun, during the trip you’ll take boat trips out on the lake each morning; each afternoon, we will feed the birds at the shoreline, plus we try to fit in a shoreline feed on the afternoon that we arrive and/or the morning that we leave.

We include all transport in Greece, the boat trips, all the shoreline feedsplenty of fish for the Dalmatian Pelicans, the services of the NaturesLens guide, the services of our local guide & boat skipper, all accommodation, all meals, & plenty of laughter … plus we usually try some different things, in 2016, we trialled a little platform that hangs over into the water, meaning that some innovative images of the birds were possible, without getting wet. The hotel we use is minutes from the lake, no need for a long journey to reach the lake, and we can return to the hotel each lunch time for warming food!

If you’d like to join Dan, who will be on hand to offer photography advice on the boat & beach, plus he is happy to offer a critique in the evenings over a drink & a hearty meal, click here to book a place, you can hold your place with a deposit of £200, with the balance of £749 due at the end of October.

And on that note, we will leave you with this wonderful image captured by Jayne, who attended one of the 2016 Dalmatian Pelicans trips …

A gorgeous rear view of a Dalmatian Pelican - photographed by Jayne Bond during the 2016 NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday

Bookings are now open for …

Our ever-popular Puffins of Skomer Island photography holidays for June & July 2017, if you have ever been to Skomer on a day trip, you will know how prolific the puffins are, but you may have had to photograph them in the harsh summer light, which is not optimal … now imagine yourself instead being able to photograph the puffins when the day trippers have left, in the rich, soft light of the late afternoon & evening … that is what you can experience when you attend our Puffins of Skomer Island photography holiday!

One of Skomers famous Puffins at The Wick - photographed on a NaturesLens Puffins Photography Holiday

We include 3 nights accommodation on the island, breakfasts & dinners of delicious warming food, the services of the NaturesLens guides, &, like all our trips, plenty of laughter … places are strictly limited – half the places on the June trip are already booked.

Puffin photographed on Skomer Island during a NaturesLens Puffins Photography Holiday

You will come back from the trip having enough images of puffins & their behaviour to pack out your portfolio; the opportunities are plentiful & the puffins comical!

Do you want to photograph the Puffins of Skomer Island in 2017?

If you’d like to hold a place, you can do so for June or July, with a deposit of £100, the balance will be due 3 months before your trip in 2017 – we have to close our bookings no later than the beginning of October, but in the past, our trips have sold out well before that date arrives!