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Photograph the Bald Eagles of the Pacific Northwest

The rivers of Washington on the Eastern coast of the United States runs through some of North America’s most dramatic scenery; the forests are home to diverse wildlife species, including the Bald Eagle, the rivers provide a fantastic spawning habitat for salmon. It is the only large river system in Washington that contains healthy populations of all five native salmon species & two species of trout.

NaturesLens invites mid-level & experienced wildlife photographers to participate in a new photography holiday, which involves navigating the waterside territory around Concrete, Washington, by boat, to photograph the population of bald eagles that winter in the area.

A bald eagle flies over a river in the valleys of the Pacific Northwest

We have chosen this location carefully to present another opportunity for a fantastic bald eagle photography experience. The areas we will use on the Skagit River are home to nearly 1000 eagles as they feed on the abundant supply of spawning chum salmon. Throughout the duration of this photography holiday, you will be presented with many chances to capture images of the eagles in flight & in their environment, providing for you the opportunity to capture both wide-angle pictures & up-close.

Join NaturesLens on a photography experience that offers opportunities to fill your photography portfolio with images of the bald eagle. Based in the town of Concrete, Skagit County, we will venture out every day on boats to capture stunning photographs of the bald eagle.

The full details of this exciting trip are available here.

The snow covered landscape of the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

February 2018, join the Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Join NaturesLens & venture across magnificent winter landscapes in Utah, the Teton Mountains & Yellowstone National Park, capturing a wide range of native wildlife on camera, including bird species, deadly predators & others, as they live side by side in throughout harsh winter months. Join us to photograph bald eagle, bison, bobcat, elk, moose, trumpeter swan & more in the dramatic scenery of Utah, the Teton mountains & Yellowstone in Winter.

We will travel between different locations so that you will witness the rich variety of wildlife that this region of North America has to offer, capturing stunning images that will benefit from the magnificent backdrops that these wintery landscapes provide. Book now for the photography experience of a lifetime!

NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional photographers to join the Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday, to experience & photograph the spectacularly diverse wildlife that Utah & Wyoming, & Yellowstone itself, have to offer during winter months.

A coyote, one of the best predators to encounter in Yellowstone - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

The trip begins with the exploration of the wetlands of Farmington Bay along Great Salt Lake in Utah. This stunning landscape is rich with wildlife, & winter conditions make the animals more exposed in their appearance & behaviour, which benefits wildlife photographers. For example, the colder, shorter days force owls & raptors to hunt in the daytime, giving you the chance to capture them on camera in flight & as they track their prey. Here you will also have the chance to photograph a wide range of bird species, including short-eared owls, barn owls, northern harriers, American kestrels, & rough legged hawks, amongst others.

An image of a harrier captured at Farmington Bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Moving on to Antelope Island, you will witness pronghorn antelope, bison, mule deer, great horned owls, coyotes & red fox which roam the area, made ever more bleak by challenging winter conditions. We will then travel out of Salt Lake City & make a 300 mile journey to Jackson Hole in Wyoming, making the most of wildlife to be spotted across the wide reaching vistas along the way. You will then have the chance to spend several days experiencing the rich wildlife that the local ecosystem has to offer.

An elk, encountered in the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

The Teton Mountains become covered in a blanket of snow throughout winter, offering a unique perspective of the landscape & providing a magical background for wildlife photography. Harsher winter climates in the Yellowstone & Teton regions attract an abundance of wildlife that complements their unparalleled scenery. Many of the species tend to be less mobile in these conditions, making them easier to spot & therefore enables photographers to capture images of superior quality.

The snow covered landscape of the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

This trip also offers you the chance to spend a day at the National Elk Refuge, which provides a winter habitat for Elks when weather often becomes too challenging for these animals. From here we will travel to Jackson Hole, at the most northerly point of Yellowstone, where we will be based for a further 5 days of the trip so that you will be able to really experience the native wildlife & winter landscapes, & add a plethora of stunning images to your photography portfolio.

A beautiful image of a coyote traversing the landscape - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Yellowstone in winter offers photographers abundant opportunities to capture magnificent images of the huge variety of free-ranging wildlife, which inhabits the park, including wolves, coyotes, foxes, river otters & eagles. This photography safari is therefore highly predator-orientated, as their camouflage is weakened due to the snow. We have chosen to include at least one day venturing to inner-Yellowstone, to photograph frozen rivers & waterfalls, as well as the amazing geysers & Old Faithful itself.

Full details of the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday may be viewed here, a 20% deposit secures your place, with the balance due late 2017.

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

Michel’s images from our recent Alaska Photography 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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An Alaskan Bald Eagle Barks In The Air After Successfully Dragging A Fish From The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

Some of Jayne’s images from our Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday

The moment we see the last client off when we’ve ended one of our photography holidays, usually sees us both breathe a sigh of relief, & the end of the recent Alaska Photography Holiday was no different; that point has normally been reached only by planning over a period of several years, by having planned contingency plans & contingency plans for contingency plans; at that juncture, we can perform the final few tasks to wrap the tour up, one of these is to send an email thanking our clients for their participation & inviting them to contribute some images that they captured whilst away with us, to our blog – we love showing off what clients achieve as we feel it is a good measure for other clients to see what can be captured in the relatively short time frame of one of our holidays.

So when our clients send in images or thank us via email we beam from cheek to cheek – it’s even more awesome when we receive a testimonial like this, from Jayne, regarding our Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday:

“Back home after a fabulous 10 days in Alaska. Been up for about 30 hours so it’s going to be an early night but just wanted to say anyone thinking about a wildlife photographic holiday I can’t recommend NaturesLens highly enough. Every detail is covered to make sure we have the best photographic opportunities & we always have a great laugh together. Thank you David Miles & Pui Hang Miles for everything you do.”

Jayne first published a blog posting of her own, with her recollections of the trip, you can read that blog posting here, then she sent us a selection of different images again, also of the Alaskan Bald Eagles, for us to publish on our blog – so here are those images:

An Alaskan Bald Eagle Barks In The Air After Successfully Dragging A Fish From The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

As Jayne mentions on her own blog posting, the main focus of our Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday is, rather obviously, the Bald Eagles & so these first photos show the varied behaviour of these amazing birds – all up & down the Chilkat valley & the river that has carved it’s course through the mountains, eagles will be found; they fish the chumming salmon from the river & feast on the bloated fish on the banks of the frozen river, upon landing a fish or ‘liberating’ it from another bird, the adult bald eagles typically throw their head back & bark into the air, showing their dominance & announcing that they are the ‘top of the tree’.

A Pair Of Alaskan Bald Eagles Jostle Over A Fish In The Shallows Of The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Trio Of Alaskan Bald Eagles Squabble Over A Fish In A Tributary Of The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

Typically this dominance is short lived, other eagles will swoop in & attempt, in the case of the juvenile eagles, to intimidate the current fish-holder off the fish via a series of low-level swoops; in the case of the adult versus adult, the swoops are far more brutal, often resulting in contact & one bird being slammed to the ground.

It is not just eagle versus eagle contact that the fish-holder has to contend with, ravens constantly dot the river banks waiting to challenge for scraps of fish.

An Alaskan Bald Eagle Comes In To Land Upstream From Haines Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday An Alaskan Bald Eagle Eats A Fish Whilst Being Mobbed By Ravens On A Bank Of The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday An Alaskan Bald Eagle Banks In The Cold Air Of The Alaskan Winter Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

Often times, the bald eagle will become so annoyed with the developing situation that he will take off with the fish & fly elsewhere to finish the meal.

An Alaskan Bald Eagle Spreads It's Wings To Slow It's Flight On A Frozen Bank Of The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

Often times, between meals or whilst waiting for another eagle to land a fish, the eagles perch & pose, fly around & land, all on washed up trees & drift wood that has been swept downstream by the Chilkat river.

An Alaskan Bald Eagle Feeds On A Fish In The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday An Alaskan Bald Eagle Glides Through The Cold Air Of The Chilkat Valley Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday An Alaskan Bald Eagle Perched On A Fallen Tree Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

Like many of our photography holidays that mention a specific species in the title, the bald eagles were the main focus of the NaturesLens Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday, but many other species were spotted in the Chilkat Eagle Reserve & two further days allow participants to expand their portfolio out to further topics or species.

An Alaskan Bald Eagle Crows In The Air Perched On A Tree Close To One Of The Viewing Points Along The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

Many of our clients produce calendars or photo books after a trip & a variety of images make these ‘pop’. So for one day, the group was offered the chance to head across the border into British Columbia & the Yukon for some high altitude landscape photography.

The Stunning British Columbian Mountains Soared Towards The Clouds Just Across The Border Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

For another couple of days, Jayne & several others took the opportunity to visit the Kroschel Wildlife Centre, this is not a game farm like many of the ‘wildlife centres’ in the USA are, the centre takes in orphaned or injured animals from across Alaska, the owner, Steve, frequently gets calls from vets all over Alaska & is asked if he can rehome a certain species. The centre is ‘home’ to a wide variety of animals including bear, wolverine, lynx, porcupine, red fox & wolves, some of which are shown in images, captured by Jayne, below:

A Lynx Yawning After Waking From It's Slumber At The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Porcupine Caught In A Fall Of Snow At The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday One Of The Rescued Snowy Owls Of The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Rescued Grizzly Bear Orphan Who Now Lives At The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Rescued Alaskan Red Fox Who Now Calls The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Home Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Rescued Alaskan Red Fox Demonstrates It's Inquisitive Nature Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Orphaned Alaskan Wolf Who Now Calls The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Home Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography HolidayWhilst 2017 is too busy to prompt a return to the Chilkat Valley of Alaska & the wonderful wildlife that exists within this harsh environment, NaturesLens will be returning to Haines in 2018 or 2019 – if you would like to join us on for another Alaskan Photography Holiday, send us a message & we will add you to a list of interested clients.

An Alaskan Bald Eagle Soars In The Wintery Air Against The Backdrop Of The Mountains And Forests Of The Chilkat Valley Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

The Silhouette Of A Soaring Bald Eagle Over The Chilkat Valley Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

Ian’s images of the Bald Eagles of Alaska

Late November 2016 saw the inaugural NaturesLens Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday to South East Alaska to photograph the Bald Eagle ‘Council’. The ‘Council’ is the annual gathering of thousands of Bald Eagles on the shores of the Chilkat River to feed up for Winter on the late run of Chum or ‘Dog’ Salmon. NaturesLens based the photography holiday in Haines, a small town on the Alaskan coast – & it would be difficult to find a friendlier place.

A Bald Eagle Perched In One Of The Trees That Line The Chilkat Valley Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

As usual David & PN had sorted out all the travel & accommodation detail &, in addition to their presence, we enjoyed the company of 2 local guides, Joe & Thomas, both of whom know the area intimately & are accomplished photographers in their own right. The omens were therefore well set for finding the best sites for capturing images of the main subject for this holiday, the Bald Eagles of Alaska.

The Famous Alaskan Passage Lighthouse That Greets Those Who Travel Up To Haines By Ferry Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

The scenery of the Alaskan ‘panhandle’ is the stunning product of glaciation – high snow-covered mountains & deep, wide valleys. We journeyed in from Juneau by ferry, which enabled us to take in the scenery at a leisurely pace & also to acclimatise to the temperatures (cold or, alternatively, bloody freezing, if you choose to go on deck at 0∘C when travelling at 15 knots). For much of the journey, we were glad to be scenery peepers from the comfort of the lounge!

The Silhouette Of A Soaring Bald Eagle Over The Chilkat Valley Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Bald Eagle Soars Through The Wintery Air Of The Chilkat Valley Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A juvenile bald eagle attempts to steal a fish from an adult bald eagle - on the right - the juveniles go through several distinct moults prior to adulthood - photographed on the NaturesLens Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography HolidayA Quintet Of Trumpeter Swans, These Are Also Commonly Found In The Bald Eagle Preserve Of The Chilkat Valley Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

There’s not a lot of usable daylight in Alaska in November so, having breakfasted in our comfortable apartment rooms, we usually set out soon after 7am to get to the prime Bald Eagle viewing sites. We became intimately familiar with the ‘pull-outs’ on the Highway North West of Haines. One because it was a good starting site & a second because it had a loo (don’t get too excited – no water, no heating, no warm seat (unless you got in fast after the last occupant!)).

The daily morning challenge became to balance high ISO against available light to get images which were not too grainy, but in which the birds were sharp. Later as the light improved, the sites were beautifully side lit by sunrise, leading to some stunning golden tinged imagery. The hunt was always on for the iconic images – low flying over the river with wing-tip grazing the water, the mid-air ‘L’ shape, & the fights over fish. We moved around freely, picking sites down at water level or alternatively high on the bank to get the best vantage points. There was sufficient space for everyone, even when organised groups converged with the many independent photographers on a particular highlight.

A Pair Of Trumpeter Swans Attempt A Take Off From The Chilly Waters Of The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Portrait Of One Of The Chilkat Valley Bald Eagles Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Pair Of Bald Eagle Squabble Over A Fish In The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

The weather varied from dry & bright to overcast to falling snow. The latter was particularly challenging as, whilst it gave us atmospheric images, autofocus tended to lock onto the snowflakes rather than the birds. On the other hand, we had some star birds that took up a stance in a nearby tree at an accessible height, & were very tolerant of the surrounding throng on cameras.

As the good light was generally over by 2pm (it was dark by 4pm), lunch was usually a snack & the evening meal was taken early in keeping with American custom.

It was off-peak season in Haines so the choice of eateries was limited but nonetheless no disappointment. Of course, the cuisine leaned towards archetypal American influenced international, but a local Bakery became a firm favourite with both a Thai & American menu. The fact that it’s run by a crazy, fun Thai lady was the added bonus. We were there for the Thanksgiving weekend – a family holiday with most of the shops closed. Nevertheless, the Bakery whipped up a takeaway Thanksgiving Supper for us, & the hotel kindly let us use a Conference Room so we could sit down together. A further highlight for the connoisseur of international imbibition, was the micro-brewery right next door to the hotel. A peculiarity of local licensing laws was that it could not operate as a bar; however, it was permitted to allow ‘tasting’ so long as no-one consumed more than the equivalent of 3 pints in any 12 hour period! There’s also a gin distillery but we never quite made it that far.

A Bald Eagle Touches The Tips Of One Wing In The Frozen Waters Of The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Bald Eagle Flies Gracefully Above The Waters Of The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday Eyes Focused On Target, The Bald Eagle Is A Formidable Bird When In Flight Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

The photography was not all about bald eagles though; some of the group took the opportunity to travel over the border into Canada & the Yukon interior where there was plenty of opportunity for landscapes & cloudscapes, & we even came across 3 moose, although the grab shots did not do them justice.

The Snowscapes Of British Columbia, Located Just A Few Miles Over The Border From The Normal Locations That We Made Use Of Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

There is also the Kroschel Wildlife Sanctuary, with examples of Alaskan fauna such as Red Fox, Grizzly Bear, Wolverine, Wolf, Pine Marten & Silver Fox. The animals are all orphans or rescue who would otherwise not have had a future. They live in large free-range enclosures & are habituated to their handler, but other than that they are ‘wild’ & many have been stars in wildlife documentaries. The enclosures are constructed to facilitate photography & this was a good opportunity to get close to animals that are either seldom seen or only from afar.

A Red Tailed Hawk Who Now Lives At The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday One Of The Pine Martins Who Are Now Resident At The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday Jpg An Orphaned Red Fox, Named Isis, Who Now Lives At The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

Our departure day was due to include half a day’s photography before a charter flight out to Juneau. However, an imminent storm meant we were called urgently to the airport & managed to ‘escape’ shortly before the weather arrived, dumping over a foot of snow.

I mentioned this was the inaugural Bald Eagles of Alaska photography tour, the implication being that there will be others. David & PN have confirmed this, although the dates are not yet set. Nevertheless, if you’re interested in capturing these iconic birds, in a stunning location & a fun atmosphere, let them know.

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

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A bald eagle flies over a river in the valleys of the Pacific Northwest

Bald Eagles of the Pacific Northwest Photography Holiday

The rivers of Washington on the Eastern coast of the United States runs through some of North America’s most dramatic scenery; the forests are home to diverse wildlife species, including the Bald Eagle, the rivers provide a fantastic spawning habitat for salmon. It is the only large river system in Washington that contains healthy populations of all five native salmon species & two species of trout.

NaturesLens invites mid-level & experienced wildlife photographers to participate in a new photography holiday, which involves navigating the waterside territory around Concrete, Washington, by boat, to photograph the population of bald eagles that winter in the area.

A bald eagle flies over a river in the valleys of the Pacific Northwest

We have chosen this location carefully to present another opportunity for a fantastic bald eagle photography experience. The areas we will use on the Skagit River are home to nearly 1000 eagles as they feed on the abundant supply of spawning chum salmon. Throughout the duration of this photography holiday, you will be presented with many chances to capture images of the eagles in flight & in their environment, providing for you the opportunity to capture both wide-angle pictures & up-close.

Join NaturesLens on a photography experience that offers opportunities to fill your photography portfolio with images of the bald eagle. Based in the town of Concrete, Skagit County, we will venture out every day on boats to capture stunning photographs of the bald eagle.

A pair of bald eagles fight for food over the bank of a river in the valleys of the Pacific Northwest

We intend making use of both the Skagit & Nooksack Rivers, both of which are different from one & other, both offering fantastic views of both the majestic eagles & beautiful scenery. The eagle is the national bird of the USA for a reason; they are strong, majestic & impressive, the ultimate predator of the sky, making them the perfect subject for adventurous wildlife photographers. Coupled to the dramatic landscapes that border the river, there is a very photogenic setting, the bald eagles & other wildlife makes for some unique photographic opportunities.

A bald eagle perched in a tree in one of the valleys of the Pacific Northwest

Throughout the trip you will have abundant opportunities to capture images of bald eagles perched in the trees, diving & fighting for fish, or soaring overhead as they scour the ground below for their next meal. A guide from NaturesLens will offer photography guidance whilst on the boats, enabling you to capture both close up shots, highlighting their beady eyes & dramatic features, & wide-angle shots which take in eagles alongside other bird species within the outstanding landscape which surrounds them.

A pair of bald eagles squabble over the bank of a river in the valleys of the Pacific Northwest

The schedule for this trip has been designed to allow you to make the most of the photography opportunities available in the area. This includes 5 days of photography sessions specifically targeting bald eagles on the Skagit & Nooksack Rivers, with guidance available to help you tailor your technique to obtain the best images within a challenging environment. The river supports one of the largest wintering bald eagle populations in the continental United States. The eagles feed on Chum & Coho salmon that have returned to spawn in the Skagit & its tributaries. The eagles arrive in late October or early November & stay into February. The sight of hundreds of birds perched in trees that line the river waiting for their chance to catch fish is truly remarkable.

For one day during the trip, you will be presented with opportunities to capture some of the best images of the fantastic landscapes of North Cascades, led by a local photographer, who has been photographing the North Cascades for nearly thirty years. Our local guide will lead you to some of his favourite winter locations in the vast wilderness of conifer-clad mountains, glaciers & lakes. Every opportunity will enable you to capture a facet of this alpine landscape.

Your photography holiday includes transfers between Seattle Tacoma Airport & Concrete, all transfers during the trip, 6 full days photography on the Skagit & Nooksack rivers, & accommodation for 7 nights on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis in the Concrete area of Washington state.
Join NaturesLens for on a unique photography excursion into the wilderness of North America, capturing beautiful images of the impressive bald eagle as it thrives in its picturesque natural habitat. We can only offer a select few people this opportunity each year, so book early to avoid missing out.

David Miles, our photography guide will lead you through out, providing tuition as needed & helping you develop your skills. He will help you shoot these birds in wide & close up shots; capturing them in movement whilst feeding & fighting for fish, interacting with each other or in flight with the impressive backdrop provided by the rivers & surrounding snow-capped mountains.

Our group numbers are strictly limited to allow for the highest quality experience for everyone involved, & as this photography is seasonal we can only offer this trip to a small number of lucky individuals each year. Book early to avoid disappointment!

The price for this photography holiday is £2999 per person. Group size is up to 3 clients, this ensures that David Miles, our NaturesLens Guide, can give a one-to-one tuition if requested.

Bald Eagles of the Pacific Northwest Photography Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 – Flight to USA – transfer to Concrete – overnight Concrete
Day 2 – 7 – Full days of Eagle Photography via river boat trips – overnight Concrete
Day 8 – Transfer to Seattle Tacoma Airport – Flight from USA

WORKSHOP AVAILABILITY

Maximum 3 clients per guide – Spaces available

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

This list is a guide on what to take on the tour. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the items listed as it wouldn’t all fit in your luggage /camera bag anyway! Items in BOLD are classed as essentials.

Camera Equipment:

  • Digital Camera Body.
  • Spare digital camera body.
  • Telephoto lens – no shorter than 200mm, but 300mm or longer is advisable. If you have a 400, 500 or 600mm lens,bring it!
  • 1.4x Teleconverter/Extender.  If you have to buy one for this for the trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens. If the longest lens you have is 200mm, a teleconverter/extender is essential.
  • 2.0x teleconverter /extender.  Again, if you have to buy one for this trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens.
  • 70-200mm.
  • 24-105mm or another wide angle lens.
  • Sturdy tripod with a gimbal type tripod head is advised.
  • Right angled viewfinder.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare batteries.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • Small lightweight towel for drying wet gear and handsCamera and lens waterproof cover (clear thin plastic bags also work well to protect lenses and camera from snow).
  • Card reader.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device.

Camera & Lens Recommendations:

Cropped Sensor:

In general, a 500mm lens can prove too much. The ideal lens would be 300mm + 1.4x converter or/and 100-400mm f5.6 Canon or 200-400mm f4 Nikon, Nikon 80-400mm f5,6.

Full frame sensor: 

In general 500mm, but optimal would be 400mm plus 1.4x converter or 300mm with 1.4x and 2x converter.

Clothing:

  • Good thermal underwear, long-johns and long sleeved thermal under-shirts
  • Warm quilted trousers, like the ones used for skiing, but not loud colors that could alarm the wildlife
  • Waterproof over-trousers 
  • A down jacket or waterproof jacket with a thick warm fleece under it
  • Snow/Thermal Boots* with a sole that is good for walking on snow and ice
  • Snow studs/spikes – nothing too elaborate. Just something to give you extra grip on icy paths
  • Thick warm socks 
  • Warm hat or hood on your jacket
  • Balaclava or snood
  • Silk gloves/Thin pair of thermal gloves, with rubber grip on the fingers and palm, or the fingers cut away, so that you can operate your camera with them on
  • A second, larger pair of over-gloves are sometimes useful, especially if your under-gloves are fingerless
  • Polar Fleeces, three or four if possible, as there are few hotels with facilities to wash your clothes
  • Thin fleeces or mid-shirts, to make adjusting to various conditions easier
  • Hand Warmers and Foot Warmers (that go inside your boots)

ADDITIONAL NOTES

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 3 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

Unless stated otherwise, all NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays are suitable for single travellers, we design our holidays so that each participant gets their own room, there is no sharing & no single supplement.

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A young Grizzly Bear alongside the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday

Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday

Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday

Join NaturesLens & delve into the heart of British Columbia, navigating the unspoilt region that surrounds the Taku river to track & photograph the outstanding range of native species that thrive in this expanse of forested wilderness.

The subject focus of this 11-day wildlife photography experience is the grizzly bear; the true king of the forest, & you will have the chance to witness in awe their power, intelligence & honest nature, making them the perfect subject for any keen wildlife photographer.

Unlike most other operators who spend 4-6 days in this area, we have negotiated a special rate that allows for 8 days at a camp alongside the Taku river in British Columbia.

A pair of young Grizzly Bears leaping into the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday

NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional wildlife photographers to join them in getting up close to the magnificent grizzly bear, as it thrives in dense forests that surround the Taku river in British Columbia. This region is famed for its diverse wildlife inhabitants, & conservation efforts in the area have done a great deal in allowing species to live in peace away from human interference. Our trip therefore offers a rare opportunity to experience this environment & capture stunning wildlife images to add to your portfolio.

With the help of an expert local guide with years of experience working with the bears, you will be led to advantageous viewing points from which to take photographs, amongst other native species, benefitting from guidance on how best to spot the animals without causing any disturbance which might compromise your photography opportunities, or frighten the animals. The isolated location of our camp where the trip is based has been selected for the highest potential for bear photography that it offers, & we make it our goal to provide you with an experience which is both rewarding & unforgettable.

In contrast to popular belief, grizzly bears are not threatening creatures by nature; they are curious, tolerant & not interested in getting into trouble with photographers. As long as photographers remain respectful & stay calm, grizzly bears can be wonderful subjects for wildlife photography; allowing you to make the most of their captivating behaviour. The forests that cover this region provide a stunning backdrop for imagery, as the depth of green hues & soft light penetrating the tree tops create an environment that is both peaceful & mysterious for you to capture on camera.

You will be completely immersed in the world of the bears from the moment you arrive, living within their forest environment from dawn until dusk. Bears of all ages, both male & female, will be present throughout your trip, so there are hugely diverse bear photography opportunities for you to utilise including the chance to photograph adorable grizzly cubs as they explore & learn to survive.

A pair of Grizzly Bears sparring in the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday

You will also have a range of viewing platforms at your disposal which lie dotted throughout the forests, giving you the chance to be more independent & photograph the bears in an unguided situation, obtaining both wide-angle shots of bears within the landscape, as well as close up portrait shots capturing the bears’ majestic features in detail. There may also be opportunities to photograph additional native species, including moose, wolves, eagles & other bird species that might make an appearance during your visit, as well as salmon leaping from the river tempting the bears.

This trip offers some of the finest & most intimate grizzly bear viewing where you will discover that co-existence with grizzly bears is not only safe & peaceful but also entertaining & fun. By showing respect & tolerance for this magnificent animal you will learn the true nature of grizzly bears & in doing so, will help set a course for their survival.

All internal transfers, accommodation & meals at the camp are all included to make things as straightforward & enjoyable for you as possible.

All our photography opportunities are supervised and conducted in safe manner, enabling you to gain the best from the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday

The location of the base for the trip can only be accessed by helicopter, & we also include this exciting experience in the price of the trip, which offers you another unique view of the landscape. The nature of the trip means group sizes must be kept small to allow for the best possible experience for photographer & animal alike, so booking early is essential.

International flights, drinks & items of a personal nature are excluded.

Join NaturesLens for on a unique photography excursion into the wilderness of British Columbia, capturing beautiful images of the impressive apex predators as they thrives in their picturesque natural habitat. We can only offer a select few people this opportunity each year, so book early to avoid missing out.

Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Workshop Availability

Spaces available – 2 places only remain available

Recommended Equipment

Clothing

We recommend that you dress up warmly for early morning starts – it can get quite cold sitting in the hide in the early hours. Wearing layers is advisable so that they may be shed at a later stage where necessary.

For our boat trips, non-slip waterproof boots or wellington boots are recommended. As with most boats water can slosh through the scuppers if the boat rolls so sandals or light pumps can get wet and spoil your enjoyment.

  • Waterproof (and windproof) coat.
  • Warm trousers, preferably waterproof.
  •  Thermal clothing.
  •  Thermal socks.
  •  Non slip waterproof boots or wellington boots (no cleats or studs please).
  • Waterproof cap or hat.
  •  Gloves.
  •  Sunglasses.
  •  Warm fleece for early morning starts and once the sun has set.
  •  Clothing for hide work should be camouflage or neutral browns & greens.
  •  Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.
  •  Sunscreen.
  •  Travel sickness pills.
Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera body.
  • Lenses in the range 70mm – 500mm.
  • Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture and speed of focussing.
  • An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a tele-converter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
  •  Monopod or tripod.
  • Remote shutter release.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare battery.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  •  Camera and lens waterproof cover.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device – we will be shooting lots of images.

Additional Notes

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 4 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

Unless stated otherwise, all NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays are suitable for single travellers, we design our holidays so that each participant gets their own room, there is no sharing & no single supplement.

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Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Proposed Itinerary

  • Day 1: Travel from UK to Whitehorse, arrival in Whitehorse & overnight.
  • Day 2: Early shuttle bus transfer to Atlin (1.5 hours) & helicopter trip to the camp where your bear viewing adventure begins.
  • Day 3: Grizzly bear viewing.
  • Day 4: Grizzly bear viewing.
  • Day 5: Grizzly bear viewing.
  • Day 6: Grizzly bear viewing.
  • Day 7: Grizzly bear viewing.
  • Day 8: Grizzly bear viewing.
  • Day 9: Grizzly bear viewing.
  • Day 10: Morning flight by helicopter to Atlin & shuttle bus transfer back to Whitehorse.
  • Day 11: Travel to UK
    We include
  • Overnight in Whitehorse, Canada
  • Services of professional wilderness guides
  • Return shuttle bus from Whitehorse, Yukon to Atlin, British Columbia
  • Helicopter transportation to remote wilderness camp
  • 8 nights accommodation with all meals
  • All non-alcoholic beverages & wine/beer at dinner while at camp
The cabins that make up the camp border the Taku river in British Columbia, whilst they are basic, they are clean & comfortable - accomodation for the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday Our camp is that remote, that we fly in by helicopter, seen here hovering above the Taku river in British Columbia - just part of the experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday Just an example of the amazing Grizzly Bear photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday All our photography opportunities are supervised and conducted in safe manner, enabling you to gain a stunning portfolio of bear images from the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday An immature bald eagle lands on a rocky bank in the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday An immature bald eagle takes flight from the bed of the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday Both a Grizzly Bear & a mature Bald Eagle on the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday A Grizzly Bears following a successful fishing excursion in the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday

An elk, encountered in the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

If you are a pair of travelling companions or a couple then you can share accommodation & book these two places for £5249 each instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONEPAIR 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!

If you are a single traveller then you can still have a special offer price of £500 off, meaning that you can book a place for £5499 instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONESINGLE in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your place with 20% deposit only!

The NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter photography holiday encompasses Utah, the Tetons & Yellowstone National Park & combines crisp winter landscapes & epic scenery with rare wildlife & the promise of day after day capturing images of the wonderful North American Winter Wildlife & landscapes, what could be more perfect?

One of the famous bison of Yellowstone - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Explore the wetlands of Farmington Bay along the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Farmington Bay has become a must shoot location for wildlife & bird photographers. Utah’s winters are cold, forcing many raptors & owls to hunt in the daytime. This affords wildlife photographers the chance to capture images of birds like short-eared owls, barn owls, northern harriers, American kestrels, rough-legged hawks, & many others that hunt the refuge.

A bald eagle soars over the bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Besides Farmington Bay our guests will also have the opportunity to photograph at two other prime wildlife areas in northern Utah. We can travel a short distance to Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake where species such as Chukars, pronghorn antelope, bison, mule deer, great horned owls, bighorn sheep, coyotes, & red fox roam the island. We may also go to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge to photograph many other migrating birds, such as Tundra Swans, & many duck & geese species.

An image of a harrier captured at Farmington Bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday One of the barn owls that are to be found at Farmington Bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday A bald eagle trio - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Leaving Salt Lake City, we spend a day travelling 300 miles to Jackson Hole in Wyoming. We will make the most of opportunities along the way for both wildlife & the wide-ranging vistas. Upon arrival in Jackson Hole, we will prepare for the next two days of exciting photography. The next day, under the careful stewardship of our guide, we will visit the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, which hosts an abundance of wildlife that compliments its unparalleled scenery. Covered with a blanket of snow, winter in the Tetons offer a completely different perspective on the area. Wildlife is much easier to locate during the winter months & tend to be less mobile, allowing for some great photographic opportunities.

An elk, encountered in the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

The following day will be spent at the National Elk Refuge, run by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The National Elk Refuge provides a winter habitat for elk. During the summer, this Jackson herd grazes in higher elevations 30% in Grand Teton National Park, 30% in Gros Ventre, 25% in Yellowstone National Park, & 15% in the Teton Wilderness. The animals typically migrate down from the high country when cold weather sets in from late October through December in search of food. Thousands of elk migrate every year, the refuge is home to 5,000 elk, but their numbers regularly reach 6,000 to 7,000 or even more.

Upon leaving Jackson Hole, we travel another 300 miles. Our destination is the northern-most end of the Yellowstone National Park, to Gardiner.

A beautiful image of a coyote traversing the landscape - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Gardiner is the base for the photography holiday for the next 6 nights. With 5 full-days of photography available to us, the intention is that clients will be able to add a plethora of winter themed photos to their portfolio.

Established in 1872, Yellowstone is the first & oldest national park in the world, covering nearly 3,500 sq. miles of northwestern Wyoming as well as parts of Idaho & Montana. An important, self-sufficient ecosystem & home to a huge variety of free-ranging wild animals – including bison, elk, wolves, moose, & bears. Tall, rugged mountains including the Gallatin, Absorka, Washburn & Beartooth Ranges rim the park’s volcanic plateau. Much of the 5 days is spent in the wider Yellowstone area, however, we have factored in one day heading into the Yellowstone Interior, for photography of the frozen rivers & waterfalls & of course, the amazing geysers & Old Faithful itself.

The snow covered landscape of the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Winter is an amazing visual experience in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone is cloaked in white snow, turning the camouflage of summer sagebrush into a flat field of snow where every animal movement can be seen.

The Yellowstone plateau is cold, ringed by mountains that contain cold air driving down temperatures well below zero every night & some days. Animals struggle to survive & this safari is much more of a predator shoot. Wolves, coyotes, foxes, river otters, & eagles all prey on the wintering elk, bison, & bighorn.

We expect every type of weather during these days spent in Yellowstone, snow storms, wind, clouds, & even blue sky days. You can never tell from weather reports exactly what we could see. But it is this type of weather that creates amazing images & illustrates these animals fight for survival during the winter.

The cost for the Utah & Yellowstone in Winter trip, which is on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis is £5499 for the 12 days. This includes hotel accommodation, travel from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole, Gardiner & back to Salt Lake City, with all travel in between.

We also include at least one snow-coach day to the Yellowstone Interior. Not included are drinks or alcohol, items of a personal nature, international flights, and accommodation in Salt Lake City on the final night of the tour.

A pair of river otters, encountered by one of the rivers within Yellowstone - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

We hope that you will join us in these wintery landscapes, where we will be ensconced in the chilly grip of Mother Nature, lenses trained on some of the most impressive & stunning of North American wildlife.

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday Itinerary

27-Jan-18 – Travel to Salt Lake City – overnight Salt Lake City
28-Jan-18 – Farmington Bay – Raptor Photography – overnight Salt Lake City
29-Jan-18 – Farmington Bay – Raptor Photography – overnight Salt Lake City
30-Jan-18 – Travel to Jackson Hole – overnight Jackson Hole
31-Jan-18 – Grand Tetons & Wildlife Photography – overnight Jackson Hole
01-Feb-18 – National Elk Refuge Photography – overnight Jackson Hole
02-Feb-18 – Travel to Gardiner – overnight Gardiner
03-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
04-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
05-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
06-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
07-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
08-Feb-18 – Travel to Salt Lake City – optional overnight Salt Lake City or fly back to UK on late flight
09-Feb-18 – Travel to UK

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Availability

4 spaces available

If you are a pair of travelling companions or a couple then you can share accommodation & book these two places for £5249 each instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONEPAIR 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!

If you are a single traveller then you can still have a special offer price of £500 off, meaning that you can book a place for £5499 instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONESINGLE in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your place with 20% deposit only!

Recommended Equipment

This list is a guide on what to take on the tour. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the items listed as it wouldn’t all fit in your luggage /camera bag anyway! Items in BOLD are classed as essentials.

Camera Equipment:

  • Digital Camera Body.
  • Spare digital camera body.
  • Telephoto lens – no shorter than 200mm, but 300mm or longer is advisable. If you have a 400, 500 or 600mm lens, bring it!
  • 1.4x Teleconverter/Extender.  If you have to buy one for this for the trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens. If the longest lens you have is 200mm, a teleconverter/extender is essential.
  • 2.0x teleconverter /extender.  Again, if you have to buy one for this trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens.
  • 70-200mm.
  • 24-105mm or another wide angle lens.
  • Sturdy tripod with a gimbal type tripod head is advised.
  • Right angled viewfinder.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare batteries.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • Small lightweight towel for drying wet gear and handsCamera and lens waterproof cover (clear thin plastic bags also work well to protect lenses and camera from snow).
  • Card reader.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device.

Camera & Lens Recommendations:

Cropped Sensor:

In general, a 500mm lens can prove too much. The ideal lens would be 300mm + 1.4x converter or/and 100-400mm f5.6 Canon or 200-400mm f4 Nikon, Nikon 80-400mm f5,6.

Full frame sensor: 

In general 500mm, but optimal would be 400mm plus 1.4x converter or 300mm with 1.4x and 2x converter. Very good lens for full frame would also be a 70-200mm f2.8 plus 1.4x converter.

Clothing:

  • Good thermal underwear, long-johns and long sleeved thermal under-shirts
  • Warm quilted trousers, like the ones used for skiing, but not loud colors that could alarm the wildlife
  • Waterproof over-trousers 
  • A down jacket or waterproof jacket with a thick warm fleece under it
  • Snow/Thermal Boots* with a sole that is good for walking on snow and ice
  • Snow studs/spikes – nothing too elaborate. Just something to give you extra grip on icy paths
  • Thick warm socks 
  • Warm hat or hood on your jacket
  • Balaclava or snood
  • Silk gloves/Thin pair of thermal gloves, with rubber grip on the fingers and palm, or the fingers cut away, so that you can operate your camera with them on
  • A second, larger pair of over-gloves are sometimes useful, especially if your under-gloves are fingerless
  • Polar Fleeces, three or four if possible, as there are few hotels with facilities to wash your clothes
  • Thin fleeces or mid-shirts, to make adjusting to various conditions easier
  • Hand Warmers and Foot Warmers (that go inside your boots)

Additional Notes

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 3 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

Unless stated otherwise, all NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays are suitable for single travellers, we design our holidays so that each participant gets their own room, there is no sharing & no single supplement.

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Fields marked with a * are required.