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The young female Iberian lynx image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

During December 2017, I was lucky enough to spend some time with the Wildcats, Eagles & Lynx of Spain; this was preparation for a trip that we were researching to add to our portfolio.  Once again, I visited Spain in the hope of capturing some images of the elusive Iberian lynx. This wasn’t the first time that we have attempted to launch a photography trip focussed on these subjects. My initial attempt was back in January 2016, but unfortunately, it was unsuccessful for a variety of reasons, not least the lack of sightings.

I arrived in Sierra Morena hoping to be lucky as the reports I had been receiving was that lynx had been spotted in the areas on a regular basis. I arrived too late to go into the lynx hide so spent the afternoon chatting with my host about the species I hoped to photograph to see if we could turn this into a potential photography tour for the guests of NaturesLens – over the next few hours, the plan for the Wildcats, Eagles & Lynx of Spain was formed.

Our host has been working on his lynx project for some years & the area is now home to a more Iberian lynx than Doñana National Park with excellent, regular sightings.

The following morning, I rose early to visit the Imperial Spanish Eagle hide. As soon as the sun rose, to my surprise, a Golden Eagle appeared on the large rock to my right. I watched this magnificent raptor feed for a short while, to allow it to settle before I started taking images.

Perched on a rock, a Golden Eagle lit by the dawn light image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday Read more

A Golden Eagle stares straight down the lens at the photographer photographed during the NaturesLens Spanish Raptors Photography Holiday

Last month saw me heading off to the mountains of the Sierra Morena in Spain leading the NaturesLens Spanish Raptors Photography Holiday.

I knew from the itinerary that had been planned that it was going to be an amazing week of photography with some great sightings & photo opportunities. After a very early flight, the group & I arrived in Spain meeting up with the local guides. After a couple of hours on the road we arrived in the local town of Adamuz, which would be our base & home for the duration of the trip. The town is situated in beautiful natural surroundings & is a very picturesque location. Due to the time we arrived, we decided we were going to explore a few wildlife locations that we would be working on over the coming days. It was a great afternoon exploring our surroundings & getting some ideas for the images to come.

The next day we split into two groups to keep noise etc to a minimum whilst working from the hides. A couple of us spent the day in the Golden Eagle hide.

A magnificent Golden Eagle photographed during the NaturesLens Spanish Raptors Photography HolidayA Golden Eagle peers around a log photographed during the NaturesLens Spanish Raptors Photography Holiday Read more

A goshawk image captured from the hides used on the Golden Eagles & Goshawks In Winter Photography Holiday

Following on from our Bears of Finland Photography Holiday announcement of earlier this weekend, today we are spilling the beans on a further two new bird photography holidays for 2017 that should be packed with superb opportunities to add some stunning images to your portfolio.

Eagles & Raptors of Spain Photography Holiday

An image of a Bonelli's Eagle - typical of the images that may be captured during the Eagles & Raptors of Spain Photography Holiday

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Earlier this year, David was part of a small group who headed to capture images of the birds of the Spanish plains with Pui Hang & myself, we spent a weekend photograph the various species that are to be found in the area.

Ordinarily, we had expected some of the species to have diminished numbers as they would have started to migrate following their successful breeding earlier in the season, however the season had been wet, many of the earlier clutches had sadly failed & so large numbers of birds remained & were trying for a second clutch – this certainly applied to the hoopoes, the bee-eaters & more.

The female adult hoopoe feeding one of the young from this years clutch - photographed on the NaturesLens Birds of the Spanish Plains Photography Holiday Read more

Although our main photography holiday for the birds of the Spanish plains takes place in late April or early May; for the first time this year, we additionally visited at the end of May, specifically over the bank holiday weekend. Our local guide opined that some of the species would have left & the young of others would have fledged, so there was a possibility of a lesser selection of species to photograph – this would not be a hardship, given only four photography sessions over the weekend & plenty of species remaining, we would still have plenty to photograph.

As it turned out, this was not the case, we had virtually the same species as those who had visited 6 weeks previous; due to rains earlier in the season, the bee-eaters were still courting, nest-building & mating, the black-shouldered kites had not departed for their migration south & many other species were still displaying a full set of behaviours.

Jason was amongst those who accompanied us on this trip to our location, which is about 90 minutes from Madrid, he has kindly sent in a selection of the images that he captured whilst on the Spanish plains, he had sessions with shrike, bee-eater, hoopoe & time in the carrion hide, which sees visits from black & red kites, storks, many vultures, ravens & more.

We have one place remaining available for the 2017 weekend, which will be held between the dates of May 27th – 29th 2017, if you’d like to attend & capture images of the birds of the Spanish plains for yourself, send us a message using our contact form.

Jason has kindly sent us a selection of his images that we are happy to publish below:

A male bee-eater delicately passes a freshly caught insect to a female of the species - photographed on a NaturesLens Photography Holiday to Spain to photograph the birds of the Spanish plains Read more

We are pleased to post up another selection of photos of the Birds of the Spanish Plains, taken on the Birds of Calera Photography Holiday, these were taken & contributed by David Jones, who visited Calera with me in 2015, but was so taken with the area & the variety of species on offer that he decided to revisit in 2016, with Dan leading the trip on this occasion.

You can view some of the images captured by Andrew, one of the participants, on another blog post located here & some of those from Dan, who led the trip for us in 2016 & will do so again in 2017 & 2018, here! But for now, here are some great images from David

A Bee-eater captured tossing a bee before swallowing it - photographed on the NaturesLens Birds of Calera Photography Holiday Read more

The rare & elusive Black Winged Kite - photographed on the NaturesLens Birds of Calera Photography Holiday in Spain

Spain’s central plains, about 90 minutes from Madrid, retain their rustic charm & beauty with dilapidate terracotta roofed buildings, rusty farm machinery & very few built up areas. Subsistence farming mixed with large areas of cork oak, olive groves & wilderness create a wide range of unspoilt habitats for the birds of the Spanish plains. This all has the wonderful backdrop of the Sierra de Gredos, a stunning mountain range home to Iberian Ibex, Imperial Eagle, Black Vultures & much more! What really struck me though was the abundance of invertebrates & small birds. A clear indication of how productive the area is. Read more

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The female Lynx of the area, pauses and looks back image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Taking a brief pause, before disappearing, the female lynx looks back at the photographer image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Wildcats, Eagles, & Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday Details

NaturesLens invites wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional ability to join them in escaping to the diverse landscape of the Sierra Morena. This is the same location that we make use of during our spring trip, Eagles & Raptors of Spain, but at the time of year that this trip is being conducted, our target species are something altogether different! You will spend 4 nights, 5 packed-full days taking the opportunity to spend time in hides, hopefully enabling the capture of stunning images of wolf, ibex, golden eagleimperial eagle, wildcat & of course, the Iberian lynx.

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The female Lynx of the area, pauses and looks back image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Taking a brief pause, before disappearing, the female lynx looks back at the photographer image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Wildcats, Eagles, & Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday Details

NaturesLens invites wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional ability to join them in escaping to the diverse landscape of the Sierra Morena. This is the same location that we make use of during our spring trip, Eagles & Raptors of Spain, but at the time of year that this trip is being conducted, our target species are something altogether different! You will spend 4 nights, 5 packed-full days taking the opportunity to spend time in hides, hopefully enabling the capture of stunning images of wolf, ibex, golden eagleimperial eagle, wildcat & of course, the Iberian lynx.

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A Golden Eagle perches whilst bathed in the golden light of the setting sun photographed during the NaturesLens Spanish Raptors Photography Holiday

Spanish Raptors Photography Holiday

NaturesLens invites wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional ability to join them in escaping to the wilderness of the Sierra Morena, capturing stunning images of native eagle & raptor species. Observe these magnificent birds as they soar overhead, scouting out prey across the hills below.

Based in a rustic Spanish village, you will enjoy the unspoilt scenery & emblematic species which the region has to offer.

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The female Lynx of the area, pauses and looks back image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Taking a brief pause, before disappearing, the female lynx looks back at the photographer image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Wildcats, Eagles, & Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday Details

NaturesLens invites wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional ability to join them in escaping to the diverse landscape of the Sierra Morena. This is the same location that we make use of during our spring trip, Eagles & Raptors of Spain, but at the time of year that this trip is being conducted, our target species are something altogether different! You will spend 4 nights, 5 packed-full days taking the opportunity to spend time in hides, hopefully enabling the capture of stunning images of wolf, ibex, golden eagleimperial eagle, wildcat & of course, the Iberian lynx.

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The female Lynx of the area, pauses and looks back image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Taking a brief pause, before disappearing, the female lynx looks back at the photographer image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Wildcats, Eagles, & Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday Details

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