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European Bison, one of the main Białowieża species

A European Bison strides through the snow typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Elsewhere, we have covered the wide variety of bird species that you might encounter on the Polish Winter Wildlife Tour, including Goshawks, Buzzards White-Tailed Sea Eagles & Woodpeckers, in addition to the days spent in hides, two days are spent traversing the Białowieża Forest, locating & photographing the European Bison, that call Białowieża home.

Żubry w Puszczy Białowieskiej, 2011

One of the European Bison within the snowy environs of the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday A European Bison strides through the snow typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday One of the European Bison of the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

The other mammal that is commonly seen & can be photographed within Białowieża, is the Red Fox, it can often be found near to the feeding sites, as these beautiful creatures want to scavenge food that is available.

A red fox at one of the hide feeding sites located near the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday One of the red foxes of the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday One of the beautiful red foxes of the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

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

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

To hold a place on the trip, we only require a 20% deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.

White-Tailed Sea Eagles on the Polish Winter Wildlife Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To hold a place on the trip, we only require a 20% deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.

Autumnal Birds of Prey Workshop in Mid-wales

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We’ve got a single place that has become available for our Autumnal Birds of Prey Workshop in Mid-Wales, the place costs £200 & includes an evening session followed by a full-day.

Short Eared Owl on Rocks

We have two photography sessions, one, for several hours on the evening of Saturday 8th October, followed by a full day on Sunday 9th October. This is with a falconer that we have worked with for the last 4 year; this year, we are hoping for some autumnal colours & settings for the owls & other birds of prey, we will focus mainly on British species, but the fantastic Great Grey Owl will, of course, be making at least one appearance as well.

Kestrel on a perch taken during the NaturesLens Welsh Birds of Prey workshop

If you would like to join us, please send us an email to info@natureslens.co.uk

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Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

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One of the European Bison within the snowy environs of the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday Details

THE WINTER WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY HOLIDAY TO POLAND IS CURRENTLY PRICED AT £1499 INSTEAD OF £1699 – THE PRICE WILL REVERT TO £1699 ON 31ST OCTOBER 2017 FOR ANY PLACES REMAINING AT THAT POINT IN TIME.

Join NaturesLens in the Białowieża Forest, Poland’s primeval winter wilderness, & home to the largest population of European Bison.  NaturesLens guides will assist you in taking stunning photographs of these magnificent mammals as well as other native residents of the ancient forest such as White-Tailed Sea Eagle, Red Fox, Red Deer & many other bird species.

One of the beautiful red foxes of the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

We invite you to join us for 6 days of fantastic winter photography in Poland; you will be immersed in the ancient forest of Białowieża, photographing European Bison, White-tailed Sea Eagles & other mammals & bird species. Photography leaders will provide tuition on an as needed basis, assisting you in obtaining the best possible images.

A buzzard & a White-tailed Sea Eagle confront one & other on the outskirts of the Białowieża Forest - typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Spend 2 days capturing images of the Bison as they gather near numerous feeding places within the Białowieża Forest. Lead by our guides, you will have the chance to use both wide angle & close-up lenses, at locations from which it is favourable to capture the Bison both at eye level & from a lower perspective.

A European Bison strides through the snow typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Photographing the impressive White-tailed Sea Eagle with a stunning backdrop provided by the Białowieża Forest, you will have endless opportunities to capture motion shots of the birds in flight, soaring overhead as they track prey, feeding, & resting within their habitat. Alongside the white tailed sea eagles live a wide variety of additional bird species; such as the Goshawk, common Buzzard, Jay, Raven, White-backed Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Great & Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Sparrowhawk, Greenfinch, Hawfinch & various Tits, which you will hopefully have the opportunity to capture on camera.

You will spend full days in the hides, making the most of the changing light conditions throughout the day to take the most spectacular photographs. The hides offer heating & comfortable interiors, therefore protecting you from the icy conditions outside whilst ensuring that your photography experience is both lucrative & enjoyable.

Airport transfers, accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis are all included in the price, providing you with comfort & excellent hospitality when you return in the evening to relax, unwind, & reflect on events of the day.

One of Goshawks found in the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday
Just one of the various species of woodpecker found within the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday A Goshawk perches on a log on the outskirts of the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday One of many woodpeckers found within the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayA congress of White tailed Sea Eagles on the snow typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

The NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday is a wildlife photography excursion designed with photographers in mind to ensure you are given the best experience possible. Book early, as places are limited.

Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday Availability

Places 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.

  • 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).
  •  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.
  • Right angle finder – you will find this very handy for low level photography.
  • Extra tripod head if you also want to use lower window in some of the hides.

Additional Equipment

  • Torch.
  • Chemical foot-warmers.
  • Flask.

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, most 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 - if this is unclear for any event, please check the accomodation arrangements prior to making a booking.

Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling, international or western cuisine is often NOT available - if this is unclear for any event, please check the cuisine arrangements prior to making a booking.

BOOKING FORM

Poland's Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.