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Slovenian Bears of the Forest Photography Holiday

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Slovenian brown bear

Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday

This 5 day trip offers enthusiastic wildlife photographers an incredible opportunity to get up close to the magnificent Slovenian brown bear, capturing it on camera with the Slovenian forest wilderness as the perfect backdrop.

Accompanied by, Neil Burton, the latest addition to the NaturesLens guiding team & a frequent visitor to the Slovenian bear hides, you will spend afternoons & evenings photographing the bears from within comfortable hides deep within the forest, which are exclusive to your group. Witness this beautiful solitary animal as it roams the fir & beech woodlands, tracking prey across the land that this species has called home for centuries. You can view many more of Neil’s images of the Slovenian Bears in his own gallery.

The forests of southern Slovenia, intertwining with hills, valleys & quaint local villages, offer the perfect setting for photographing the magnificent Ursos Arctos; the Brown Bear, in its natural habitat. These elusive creatures were in decline at the beginning of the 20th century, with fears that they were on the brink of extinction. However, the population has recovered & it is estimated that between 400 & 700 bears now thrive in the region.

Slovenian brown bear

NaturesLens have designed a unique photography experience, inviting guests to spend 5 days photographing the incredible brown bear within magnificent wilderness native to the Slovenian mountains, with the bears’ stunning natural habitat providing the perfect backdrop for taking beautiful editorial quality photographs.

Our trip provides an unrivalled opportunity to experience the Slovenian bear as they roam fir & beech forests, tracking prey, tracing the paths this species have walked for centuries. The powerful brown bear is an age-old icon of the region, respected & avoided by locals, left in peace to rule the wilderness.

This trip also offers access to a complex network of specialised photography arenas, encompassing hides & hunting tracks. Your guide will be familiar with the region & the species, therefore able to help you make the most of this stunning natural landscape & the opportunity to come face-to-face with these magnificent predators, capturing raw images to cherish for years to come.

Morning schedules are kept flexible as the best time to photograph the bears comes in the afternoon & evening, giving you time to go over the previous day’s images or to enjoy what the surrounding area has to offer. Although the Slovenian bear is our target species, a variety of wildlife might pay a visit throughout the trip, such as foxes, jays, woodpeckers & sparrowhawks.

At around 3pm you will be taken to the comfortable bear hides that are designed to blend into the surroundings, from which it is best to watch & photograph the Slovenian bears, until around 9pm when you will return to the hotel. Here you will experience warm Slovenian hospitality, delicious local food & comfortable surroundings, giving you time to relax, recuperate & reflect on the events of the day.

A bear cub and its mother forage for food within the Slovenian Forests typical of the type of image that you may capture on the NaturesLens Slovenian Bears of the Forest Photography Holiday

We at NaturesLens have created this trip to offer wildlife photography enthusiasts a unique opportunity to capture beautiful images of the majestic brown bear, carefully designing a schedule which removes the need to sleep in hides, ensuring comfortable nights and fulfilling days spent within the Slovenian wilderness.

We take care of every detail for you, including accommodation & internal travel, ensuring that all you have to worry about is capturing the perfect images on camera. Booking early is advised as our tours offer limited spaces.

Slovenian Bear 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 or beanbag.
  • 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 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.

Slovenian Bears of the Forest Photography Holiday BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.

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Slovenian Bears & Cubs Photography Holiday

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A bear cub and its mother forage for food within the Slovenian Forests typical of the type of image that you may capture on the NaturesLens Slovenian Bears of the Forest Photography Holiday

Slovenian Bears & Cubs Photography Holiday

Join NaturesLens on a Slovenian adventure, photographing the magnificent Brown Bears & their cubs in the forests, which surround a quaint village which will form the base for the trip. Our 5-day photography excursion is best suited to amateur & semi-pro photographers with a love for wildlife & capturing stunning images of animals thriving in their natural habitat.

Have you dreamed about getting up close to Brown bear cubs as they explore the forests around them? Then this is the trip for you. We have put together a wildlife photography experience like no other, enabling keen wildlife photographers to encounter the magnificent bears & their cubs, capturing stunning images with the Slovenian wilderness as a backdrop.

Slovenian bears have lived in the expanse of forest, which blankets the region for centuries, & although just over 100 years ago there were fears that the population was dwindling, it has now recovered & now more than 400 bears currently thrive across the region. NaturesLens have designed a trip to enable photographers to witness these bears face-to-face, capturing them on camera amidst the wilderness that is their home.

European brown bear (ursus arctos arctos)

Bear cubs & their mothers maintain a close bond in early months of the cub’s life, as it relies heavily on its mother for food & protection. The mother must teach its cub the ways of the world, so that when it becomes old enough it will be able to track, hunt & protect itself. These early moments of a cub’s life & its interaction with its mother are quite a sight to behold, & from the exclusive hides within the Slovenian forests. Neil Burton, the latest addition to the NaturesLens guiding team & a frequent visitor to the Slovenian bear hides, will be on hand offering photography tuition as needed to ensure that you capture the best images possible. You can view many more of Neil’s images of the Slovenian Bears in his own gallery.

The days will encompass leisure time in the mornings through to early afternoon, giving you an opportunity to go over previous day’s images or enjoy the delights of local villages. The afternoon & evening will bring photography sessions, accompanied by, Sean Weekly, a NaturesLens guide who is familiar with the region & the species, bringing you fantastic opportunities to capture stunning authentic images to cherish for years to come.

We have specially designed this trip to provide enjoyable afternoons/evenings of bear photography, providing the best opportunities to witness the bears without the need to sleep in hides overnight thanks to our careful selection of locations & itineraries. Instead, you will be welcomed to a cosy local hotel, & enjoy the famous Slovenian hospitality & local food, which they have to offer.

The combination of exciting days spent within this magnificent landscape, witnessing the beautiful brown bear & their cubs in their natural habitat, as well as comfortable nights in a local hotel being taken care of by welcoming hosts, ensures that this trip is not one to be missed.

Adorable brown bear cub licking honey

The full cost of accommodation & travel (excluding flights) is included in the trip to make things as straightforward for you as possible, enabling you to make the most of your wildlife photography experience.

Accompanied by a NaturesLens guide, you will have access to unique bear hides which have been subtly integrated into the forest wilderness, providing excellent spots from which to observe & capture the bears on camera.

Slovenian Bears & Cubs 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 or beanbag.
  • 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 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.

Slovenian Bears & Cubs Photography Holiday BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.

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