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Bald Eagles of the Pacific Northwest Photography Holiday

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A bald eagle flies over a river in the valleys 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.

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.

BOOKING FORM

Bald Eagles of the Pacific Northwest Photography Holiday BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.

Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

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Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

Join NaturesLens on a week-long wildlife adventure, heading deep into Finnish forests to photograph the native brown bears of Finland which inhabit the region, observing this magnificent animal as it roams freely throughout its remote woodland habitat. The environment offers the perfect backdrop in front of which to capture the bears as they hunt & maintain their territory.

The Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday is currently priced at £1099 each participant (until 31st October 2017, £1999 each participant thereafter).

This is a unique opportunity to capture incredible images of this secretive species within their picturesque natural environment. Group numbers are limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!
One of the European Brown Bears photographed at the location used for the NatureslLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

The majestic brown bear, considered by many as the king of the forest, wanders predatorily across an expanse of unspoilt woodland which lies along the Finland/Russia border. This is one of Europe’s few remaining true wildernesses, allowing native species like the brown bear to thrive without any threat from human activity.
Remaining hidden in comfortable hides with beds & bathroom facilities; disguised within the landscape, you will have the opportunity to photograph the bears within both forest & meadow hides throughout the day, using the changing light conditions to maximise the quality of your images. 17 of the 22 hides you will have at your disposal have been built specifically with the photographer in mind, meaning that their structure & interior is perfectly suited to provide an enjoyable & comfortable photography experience, whilst giving you the best access to views of the landscape from which to take photographs.
Being at the animals’ eye level lets you immerse yourself in the action, observing the bears’ behaviour using both close up & wide angle lenses, capturing perfect close-up images with the bears remaining none the wiser. You may also encounter other native species, such as the great grey owl, or the elusive red squirrel.
A single European Brown Bear photographed at the location used for the NatureslLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday
We have chosen to hold the trip at this time of year so that your photography will benefit from long hours of light, allowing daylight to light your images for as long as possible. This is also the season during which the bears are most active, making it the optimum time to capture the bears at their best, obtaining the most diverse range of photographs. The mysterious forested landscape provides the perfect backdrop for achieving editorial quality images. Johnny Södergård, our NaturesLens guide will assist you in making the most of the lighting & the environment when needed to ensure that you are able to make the most of the photography opportunities.
Join NaturesLens for on a unique photography excursion into the wilderness of Finland, capturing beautiful images of the impressive brown bear 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.
£1099 exc flights & airport hotels – all transportation, food, accommodation & hide usage from landing in Kajaani to the return to Kajaani airport is included.
Any places booked prior to October 31st, 2017 will have the early bird price applied to them – beyond that the price will rise to £1999 per person.

Wild Brown Bears of Finland Workshop Availability

Spaces Available

Recommended Equipment

Clothing

We recommend that you dress up warmly for the early mornings – 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.

  •  Warm fleece for early mornings and once the sun has set.
  •  Clothing for hide work should be camouflage or neutral browns & greens.
  •  Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.
  •  Mosquito repellent.

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 head.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare battery.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • 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 5 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.

Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.

Overnight on way out at Helsinki Airport is recommended for either a lounge or an overnight in Forenom Hostel Vantaa Airport.
European Brown Bear photographed at the location used for the NatureslLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

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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.

 

Bradgate’s Red Deer Photography weekend Workshop

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A Young Stag Peers From The Undergrowth This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

Bradgate’s Red Deer Photography Weekend Workshop

Join Sean Weekly for the NaturesLens Bradgate’s Red Deer Photography Weekend Workshop which is to be conducted during the deer rutting season in October 2017.

The itinerary for the workshop is as follows – our group will meet at Bradgate Park early-morning on the 28th October.  Sean will brief you in & will tell you what to expect, how he can help & assist you; as a group you will the head to one of several deer photography locations in the area, from this point until sunset you will be locating groups of deer or solitary stags & capturing images under the guidance of Sean. When the light has gone, we have reserved some rooms in a nearby hotel, the group will stay there overnight; you can freshen up & have a meal, maybe discuss what you achieved in the late afternoon photography session.

The next morning is another early start, you need to be at the park gates ready for them to open prior to sunrise, but don’t worry, we will co-ordinate all this; hopefully, the light will be kind & you will be able to put into practice the skills & guidance from the previous evening. Sean will be on hand constantly to offer advice & hands-on guidance on composition, isolated images, & how to produce images with impact.

For more of Sean’s creative deer & stag imagery, including those taken at sunrise & sunset, please see this blog post.

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

This Bradgate’s Red Deer Photography Weekend Workshop has places for only 4 participants, the workshop includes one nights accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis. Photography guidance will take place around the two main photography sessions. The workshop will end on the Sunday mid-to-late afternoon.

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

The dates for the Bradgate’s Red Deer Photography Weekend Workshop are 28th – 29th October 2017 – & the cost is £325 for the 2 days, including the overnight accommodation.

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

Workshop Availability

CLOSED FOR BOOKINGS

Additional Notes

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

NaturesLens photography workshops require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography workshop places are not sold the photography workshop may not be run. This photography workshop 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.

CLOSED FOR BOOKINGS

Red Deer Photography weekend Workshop

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A Red Deer Stag Partially Hidden Within The Undergrowth Shows His Dominance With A Bellow This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

Red Deer Photography Weekend Workshop

Join Sean Weekly for the NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Weekend Workshop which is to be conducted during the deer rutting season in October 2017.

The itinerary for the workshop is as follows – our group will meet at Bradgate Park early-morning on the 21st October.  Sean will brief you in & will tell you what to expect, how he can help & assist you; as a group you will the head to one of several deer photography locations in the area, from this point until sunset you will be locating groups of deer or solitary stags & capturing images under the guidance of Sean. When the light has gone, we have reserved some rooms in a nearby hotel, the group will stay there overnight; you can freshen up & have a meal, maybe discuss what you achieved in the late afternoon photography session.

The next morning is another early start, you need to be at the park gates ready for them to open prior to sunrise, but don’t worry, we will co-ordinate all this; hopefully, the light will be kind & you will be able to put into practice the skills & guidance from the previous evening. Sean will be on hand constantly to offer advice & hands-on guidance on composition, isolated images, & how to produce images with impact.

For more of Sean’s creative deer & stag imagery, including those taken at sunrise & sunset, please see this blog post.

A Red Deer Stag Partially Hidden Within The Undergrowth Shows His Dominance With A Bellow This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

This Red Deer Photography Weekend Workshop has places for only 4 participants, the workshop includes one nights accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis. Photography guidance will take place around the two main photography sessions, an evening session, followed by an early morning session. The workshop will end on the Sunday when the light becomes too harsh to capture subdued imagery.

A Red Deer Stag Shows His Dominance With A Bellow This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

The dates for this Red Deer Photography Weekend Workshop are 21st – 22nd October 2017 – & the cost is £325 for the 2 days, including the overnight accommodation.

The Deer Hind & The Raven This Image Was Captured On A Previous NaturesLens Red Deer Photography Workshop

Workshop Availability

Maximum 4 clients – Spaces available

Additional Notes

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

NaturesLens photography workshops require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography workshop places are not sold the photography workshop may not be run. This photography workshop 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.

Bookings are currently being taken for the weekend workshop on the 28th – 29th October