Deer Photography weekend workshops in Bradgate Park

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A Red Deer Stag Amongst The Mist This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

If you are considering attending a Deer Photography Workshop during the deer rutting season of autumn 2017, then you should know that we’ll be taking the format, that has worked for us in the past, north for 2017, & they will still be led by Sean Weekly, but for 2017, we fancied a change of scenery & after some recommendations & Sean having looked into matters further, we have decided to relocate the bulk of our workshops for 2017 to Bradgate Park, Leicestershire.

A Red Deer Stag Bellows To Show His Dominance This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

The format is similar to that of 2016; that is an all-day session on the Saturday, starting at 6.15am, after which you return to the hotel accommodation that we have booked, & included as part of the price; last year after the afternoon session, Sean conducted some image review sessions of the deer images captured earlier that day or provided a quick lesson in Lightroom processing in the evenings. The following morning, an early start sees you locating the deer & aiming for those classic deer images that Sean is well known for. After several hours of capturing images of the red deer, a break for breakfast that again we include in the price. The Sunday session continues until mid-to-late afternoon.

A Young Stag Peers From The Undergrowth This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography WorkshopA Deer Hind Pops Up From The Parkland Undergrowth This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

We have a deer photography workshop running on each of the 4 weekends through October, that is 7/8 October 2017, 14/15 October 2017, 21/22 October 2017 & finally on 28/29 October 2017. For each workshop, we have space for only 4 participants, this is to ensure that you get the maximum time possible from Sean, & that he can give you a suitable level of tuition & guidance.

A Red Deer Stag Within Woodland Bellows To Show His Dominance This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

Accommodation for the various weekends is either at The Castle Hotel in Kirby Muxloe for 3 of the weekends or The Charnwood Arms in Coalville for the remaining weekend.

An Extremely Regal Looking Red Deer Stag Peers From The Undergrowth This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

Join NaturesLens on a deer photography weekend workshop during October 2017

We have 4 opportunities in 2017 for you to photograph the fabulous red deer during their rutting season, the photography weekend workshop costs £325 – each weekend workshop includes tuition & guidance on the Saturday,  dinner & accommodation on the Saturday evening, tuition & guidance from Sean on the Sunday, plus breakfast during a suitable break in the Sunday morning photography session.

To hold a place on the workshop, we only require an £100 deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.

A better price for Slovenian Bear Photography

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One Of The Adult European Brown Bears Poses On Rocks - Photographed On The Natureslens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday

If in 2017, you would like to capture some images of the European Brown Bear, specifically to undertake some Slovenian Bear photography, we have been able to reduce the prices of our Slovenian Bear Photography Holidays, the trip in May tumbles from £1599 to £1399, whilst the September date sees an even larger reduction to £1249.

A trio of images of the fabulous European Brown Bears & their cubs - photographed on the NaturesLens Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday

The first Slovenian bear photography trip in May is to be led by Sean Weekly; this photography holiday runs for the dates of May 20th – May 25th 2017, the second trip, over the dates of September 2nd – September 7th 2018 is lead by Kevin Morgans, 2017 will be the second year of our visits to the Slovenian forests & will see an upgraded set of hides which have also increased in number.

There are travel days either side of the trip, but as a minimum you can expect to experience 4 days, in which you will spend the early morings & late afternoons in the Slovenian bear photography hides, hopefully taking advantage of various European Brown Bear photography opportunities – you will also have the opportunities for usig the bird hide in the guest house’s gardens, to seek out the rare Ural Owl, to vist some local landscape photography spots or to head deep underground into some amazing underground caves that were used in prehistoric times by the forefathers of the bears of the area.

Lunch, dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation & transportation within Slovenia is included. Accommodation is in a comfortable family run guest house, owned by the proprietor of the bear hides, who has a wealth of knowledge & enthusiasm to share with our clients – we don’t have single supplements & we don’t have shared rooms for this trip, it’s on a non-shared room basis (like almost all of our trips).

Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holidays in 2018

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If you fancy photographing the Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini in 2018 – we have spaces left in limited numbers on both our Dalmatian Pelican Photography Tours – you can view all the details of the first trip to photograph the Greek Pelicans here or the second trip to photograph the fabulous birds of Kerkini is detailed here.A trio of images of the fabulous Dalmatian Pelican - photographed on the 2017 photography holiday in Greece

The first trip has a number of places left, which runs for the dates of January 11, 2018 – January 15, 2018, the second trip, over the dates of January 15, 2018 – January 20, 2018 looks like it might be approaching full capacity, 2018 will be the fourth year of annual visits to the Greek lakes & will follow the format that has evolved over the last few years.

There are travel days either side of the trip, but as a minimum you can expect to experience 3 days filled with Dalmatian Pelican photography opportunities – at least 3 boat trips onto Lake Kerkini included – plus 3 shoreline feeds at sunset – & an extra shoreline feed on the morning that the group leaves for the airport. Our itinerary is not fixed to the above however, if there are opportunities for a feed on the way to the hotel from the airport, on the first afternoon, you will undertake a shoreline feed to capture some initial images.

You will have opportunities to capture a wide selection of images; portraits & closeup shots of perched Dalmatian Pelicans, pelicans calling, flying, fighting for fish; plus wider bird in the landscape images to show impressive backdrop to the lake with the snow covered mountains in the distance.

The timing of the workshop is deliberate to photograph the birds whilst they are in their breeding plumage & looking their most impressive.

Lunch, dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation & transportation within Greece included. Accommodation is in a comfortable hotel on the shores of Lake Kerkini – we dont have single supplements & we don’t have shared rooms.

£200 off the Shetland Puffins of Fair-Isle photography tour

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As a New Year special offer, we got a special on the NaturesLens Puffins of Fair-Isle Photography Holiday, we’ve taken £200 of the price – for a limited number of places the price is reduced to £999 from £1199 – the holiday package to photography the Shetland Puffins still includes a flight from Sumburgh to Fair Isle, several days on Fair Isle on a full-board basis, & a return ferry – dates for the trip are July 8th – 13th 2017.

Shetland Puffins of Fair-Isle Special Offer

The trip will be lead by Kevin Morgans & he will be on hand to offer photography guidance & to spot opportunities to ensure that you get the best from the the photography tour that you can.

You don’t have to pay the full amount today, a deposit of £200 holds your place on the Shetland Puffins of Fair-Isle, with the balance due in early April 2017.

View the full details of the Shetland Puffins photography trip here.

More Osprey Photography from Blue Cypress Lake

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As mentioned previously, there are a number of blog posts coming showing the bird life of Florida from the trip in early 2016, & this is the 2nd of several posts in which I will publish images of some of the wildlife that I was lucky enough to photograph during the week-long trip to photograph ospreys in Florida.

PS my favourite image from this set, is right at the bottom, I was saving, what I thought was the best until last!

A Female Osprey Perched On The Edge Of Her Nest Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

A female osprey perched on the edge of her nest waiting for the return of her mate

A Female Osprey Patiently Awaits The Return Of Her Mate Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

One of the female ospreys patiently awaits the return of her mate &, hopefully, freshly caught food for their young

Following A Successful Fishing Expedition, One Of The Male Ospreys Removes The Head From It's Catch Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

One of the male ospreys, having successfully fished, removes the head of the fish, prior to returning to the nest

An Osprey Looks Backwards Back Towards The Lake Itself Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

One of the Ospreys, gently lit in the beautiful light that we experienced virtually every morning, looks backwards, back towards Blue Cypress Lake itself

A Female Osprey Sitting On Her Nest, Later In The Week, We Saw Her Newly Hatched Young Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

A female osprey sitting on her nest, later in the week, we saw her newly hatched young peeking above the edge of the nest

An Osprey Perched On The Ramshackle Collection Of Twigs, Branches And Lichen That Make Up The Nest Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

One of Blue Cypress Lake’s ospreys perched on the ramshackle collection of twigs, branches and lichen that make up the nest

An Osprey Returns To The Nest Following An Expedition Out To The Lake Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

An osprey returns to the nest following an expedition out to the lake

An Osprey About To Land On It's Nest With The Remains Of A Fish Caught From The Lake Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

A Floridian osprey about to land on it’s nest with the remains of a fish caught from Blue Cypress Lake

Heading Out Before Dawn Each Day, Ensured That We Experienced Beautiful Sunrises Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

Heading out before dawn each day, ensured that we experienced beautiful sunrises as the sun rose opposite all the cypress trees that grow into & from the lake

As The Sun Rose, The Ospreys Came To Life And Began To Leave The Nests Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

As the sun rose, the ospreys came to life and began to leave the nests, as long as we had made it to position correctly, silhouette shots were there for the taking

An Osprey Rides The Thermals Above Blue Cypress Lake Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

An osprey rides the warming thermals above Blue Cypress Lake

An Osprey Patiently Watches The Fish In The Lake Below Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

An osprey patiently watches the fish in the shallows of Blue Cypress Lake below

JOIN NATURESLENS ON THE OSPREY PHOTOGRAPHY HOLIDAY FOR YOURSELF

We have an opportunity in 2019 for you to undertake osprey photography for yourself, the photography holiday costs £3749 exc travel to Florida itself – all transportation within Florida, accommodation & guidance/tuition from myself is included, the date for the Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake is April 13 – 21, 2018.

To hold a place on the trip, we only require an £800 deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.

An Osprey Prepares For Flight Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

An osprey prepares for flight – opportunities for images like this present themselves many times during each session on the lake, the density of ospreys means all types of behaviour are easily photographed

Showcasing Florida’s Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake

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An Osprey Perched On The Very Top Of One Of Cypress Trees Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

In April 2016, I was lucky enough to lead a group of clients & friends to Florida on the NatureLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday, our main target – rather obviously – the ospreys, that have made the cypress trees that have grown on the banks on Blue Cypress Lake their home.
An Osprey Flies Out From Amongst The Cypress Trees Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday
This is the 1st of several posts in which I will publish images of some of the wildlife that I was lucky enough to photograph on the week-long trip.
An Osprey Perched On The Very Top Of One Of Cypress Trees Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday
During the 7 days that the trip took place over, we ventured out onto the lake every morning prior to sunrise, returning 4 hours later when the light became too harsh for photography.
An Osprey Flies Amongst The Cypress Trees Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday
It was evident that although a large number of osprey chicks had already hatched, the need for nesting material was still vast, with many birds returning to nests with large amounts of material to build or line the nest with.
An Osprey Returns With Fresh Nesting Material To It's Nest Amongst The Cypress Trees Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday
Talons Loaded With Fresh Nesting Material, An Returns To It's Nest Amongst The Cypress Trees Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday
At the beginning of the week, the osprey chicks were barely tall enough to see over the edge of the nest, within the next 7 days, after being fed each day with fish caught by both the parents, the chicks were large enough for us to clearly observe them & their behaviour.
Fiercely Protective Of The Young In The Nest, One Of The Female Ospreys Warns Off Any Intruders Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday
The sheer number of ospreys – there must be a nest in every other tree – coupled with the number of chicks demanding to be fed, lead to a constant back & forth of adult birds, heading out then returning with freshly caught fish, of a number of varieties, to feed their ravenous young.
An Osprey Returns From A Successful Dive With A Fish Grippeed In It's Claws Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday
An Osprey Returns To The Nest Clutching A Fish For The Young Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography HolidayBlue Cypress Lake, itself, is a large lake with a shoreline that has seen very little development, on the shoreline itself are  hundreds of beautiful cypress trees; it is these trees that create a perfect nesting environment for the ospreys & their chicks.
An Osprey Circles And Stares Directly Into The Camera Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday   An Osprey Lands On The Very Topmost Branches Of One Of The Cypress Trees Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday  An Osprey Perches At The Top Of One Of The Cypress Trees Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

Big thanks to Fabiola & Alfred, who were a great help with information when I was initially setting the trip up.

It is my intention to return to Florida & the Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake in April 2018, for a follow-up trip; as well as the ospreys & the birds of the rookeries, we will be seeking out opportunities with barred owls in the late afternoon – & have dedicated an additional 2 days to photography of Cape Coral’s Burrowing Owls.

Join Natureslens to Photograph the Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake for Yourself

We have an opportunity in 2019 for you to photograph the fabulous Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake, the photography holiday costs £3749 exc travel to Florida itself – all transportation within Florida, accommodation & guidance/tuition from myself is included, the date for the Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake is April 13 – 21, 2018.

To hold a place on the trip, we only require an £800 deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.

Having Just Left The Nest, An Osprey Flies Out To Catch A Fish On The Lake Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

Michel’s images from our recent Alaska Photography Holiday

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A Bald Eagle Soars Throught The Air Along The Chilkat Valley Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photgraphy Holiday

Michel visited Alaska with us in November as a participant on the Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday, like Jayne & Ian, Michel sent some of his images in for us to publish on the blog – Michel has finished a number of his images in black & white to reflect what he felt was a very stark & harsh landscape. In some of these he picked out the beak & talons, which was often the only colour that could be seen in the very bleak, but beautiful, landscape of the Chilkat Valley.

Michel was part of the group that gave up a day of Bald Eagle photography & headed across the border to British Columbia to photograph some of the high altitude landscapes that were available.

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