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A great selection of client images from our Osprey Photography Holiday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Osprey Photography Heaven’

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Below are some of the images captured by one of our clients on the recent Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday, the photography holiday was described by one guest as ‘exceeding all my expectations of how many ospreys we would be able to photograph’, whilst another stated ‘this is osprey photography heaven’!

Heading out to make another catch, one of the many ospreys that flew above the boat evey morning - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

These comments are from guests who have spent a lot of time in Scotland, photographing the ospreys in the Highlands – principally Aviemore; instead of waiting several hours for an osprey to dive, each early morning boat trip in Florida saw many ospreys overhead, in their nests, calling, fishing, chasing one & other – every type of behaviour was on show, for hours at a time! Read more

Launch price for the 2017 Ospreys of Florida Photography Holiday

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As the sun rises over the lake, casting a blue reflection over the surrounding Cypress trees, hundreds of nesting Ospreys come into view. From an early morning boat trip, the light bathing this remarkable location in golden tones, you will have the opportunity to capture the magnificent Osprey in its glory – join NaturesLens on an odyessy to Florida & an eight-night trip to photograph the Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake.

Heading out to make another catch, one of the many ospreys that flew above the boat evey morning - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

Blue Cypress Lake – so called because of the blue appearance of the cypress trees as the morning sun’s rays reflect off the water – is an idyllic destination for photographers wishing to add remarkable bird images to their wildlife photography portfolio.

Hundreds of Ospreys nest in the beautiful Cypress trees that adorn the lake. There were over 200 nesting pairs at last count, all in the trees which dot the lake’s shoreline & grow into the water. The NaturesLens Ospreys of Cypress Lake wildlife tour is focused on these fascinating birds & their wonderful natural habitat.

Soaring just above the boat, the magnificent osprey - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

We visit in May, which affords numerous opportunities to observe the parent birds soaring out across the lake, back dropped by clear blue skies above, & clear blue water below, to hunt for fish to feed their nesting chicks. Watch as the large raptor, with wings that can grow almost two metres in length, dives into the cool waters, plucking bass to return to its young.

The beauty of the morning as the sun breaks cover over Blue Cypress Lake - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

During five early morning boat trips, you will spend around three hours on the lake, photographing the Ospreys at eye level, nesting, diving for fish & gathering nest material.

In addition to the osprey trips, we include one early morning boat trip to a different lake to photograph the snail kites which are found in the area, this is an extremely rare raptor that has been seeing some growth in the Florida area over the last few years.

Every afternoon, we have access to the boat to visit either the snail kites or, more likely, the local rookeries, where you will be able to capture images of the beautiful roseate spoonbills, the various types of egret & their young.

Rookery photography presents opportunities for superb osebill photography - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

Rookery photography presents opportunities for egret & rosebill photography - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

On the Saturday, we leave the Vero Beach area, transferring to Cape Coral, where we will have a later afternoon & an early morning session capturing images of the burrowing owls of the area, these are similar to our little owls but live in the main community areas of Cape Coral, as well as being able to photograph them in the public areas, we have access to a number of private areas that afford cleaner backdrops & nicer perches.

As with all NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays, small group sizes guarantee prime positions during the boat trips & at other photography locations, with space to work to capture breath-taking images.

We are launching the 2017 photography holiday this weekend, all newsletter subscribers are offered a promotional price of £3249 to join the trip, this works out to approximately £400 per day, which includes all accommodation, ground transportation, burrowing owl photography sessions & twelve AM & PM boat trips to the lakes typically of 3-4 hours duration each. Guidance & tuition by tour leader David Miles is also included, giving guests new to the area expert insight into the birds & their routines.

There are only 3 places available at the special offer price!

The 2016 trip was described by one guest as ‘exceeding all my expectations of how many ospreys we would be able to photograph’, whilst another stated ‘this is osprey photography heaven’!

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India’s Bengal Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

The black leopard that has made Nagarahole a great venue for photography in recent years typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

A flash of golden orange in the trees, somehow camouflaged amidst a canopy of jungle green, is the first suggestion that you are about to witness something truly special. The NaturesLens Bengal Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday marks a significant addition to any photography portfolio, with days spent in the heart of the leopard’s lair, waiting for a chance to capture on camera this most graceful, enigmatic & captivating of predators.

A leopard yawns whilst perched high in the jungle canopy of Kabini typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

We have created an itinerary which includes full board accommodation, jeep fees, park fees & airport transfers to make things as straightforward for you as possible, to ensure that you can make the most of this unique wildlife photography experience.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

A group of river otters, often spotted on the Kabini river that bisects Nagarahole typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

For an unforgettable photography experience, this seven-night trip to Kabini, India, ticks every box. See the amazing leopards of the Indian jungle, visit a beautiful bird sanctuary, & catch a glimpse of the famous Royal Bengal tiger, another large resident of Nagarhole.

A Bengal tiger phleming amongst the backwaters of Kabini typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

Our Bengal Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday is based around leopards of the Indian jungle – you will, hopefully, witness some of the cat world’s most fearsome & agile predators. What is more, you will receive all the guidance & tuition you need to capture the mesmerising form of the denizen of Kabini.

NaturesLens’ seven-night Bengal Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday takes in the lush, verdant environs of Nagarhole National Park in India, which is packed with wildlife. Your jeep will take you through the park as you spot leopard, bison, elephants, wild dogs & – perhaps – the Royal Bengal tiger. The trip also includes a visit to a local bird sanctuary.

After flying into Bangalore, you will transfer from the airport to Mysore, stopping en route at the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary for a boat safari. Here the painted stork, Asian openbill stork, common spoonbill, woolly-necked stork, black-headed ibis, lesser whistling duck, Indian shag, stork-billed kingfisher, egret, cormorant, Oriental darter, & heron breed regularly.

An elephant with a young calf, found in the backwaters of Kabini typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

In the morning, continue your journey to Nagarhole National Park, which will be your base for the next five nights.

The black leopard that has made Nagarahole a great venue for photography in recent years typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

On the last day, after the morning safari, travel back to Bangalore via Somanathapura Temple for an overnight stay. The following day, transfer to the airport for the return flight home.

Airport transfers, in trip accommodation on a full board basis, jeep fees & park fees are also included in the cost of the tour, making things simple for you so that you can focus on making the most of your wildlife photography experience.

A leopard relaxes under the cool of jungle canopy within Kabini typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

Don’t miss out on this opportunity by booking early, as our tours offer limited places.

Bengal Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday Availability

5 places 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.
  • Camera and lens dust cover.
  • 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:

  • Thin neutral coloured t-shirts & blouses.
  • Neutral coloured trousers.
  • Hat (a safari style hat with a broad rim all around the edge is best).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Bandana (to protect your nose and mouth from dust).
  • Sensible shoes or boots for safari.
  • Flip flops or easy shoes for the lodge.

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.

BOOKING FORM

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