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A White Tailed Sea Eagle stood on the ice of one of the frozen lakes photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Winter Wildlife in Japan – Stellers & White Tailed Sea Eagles

Stellers & White Tailed Sea Eagles – more aspects of Winter Wildlife in Japan

The fourth & last instalment of Nicola’s images are dedicated to the magnificent Steller’s & White Tailed Sea Eagles. Our winter wildlife in Japan tour includes 6 boat trips to photograph these fantastic raptors. Each day, the group faced different weather conditions which presented them with different photographic opportunities. Sometimes, the eagles came so close that the group were almost over-lensed with intermediate zoom lenses!

A visit to one of several frozen lake in the area is always included in our tour, & this year yielded some great images of the eagles ‘striding’ across the ice.

A Stellers Sea Eagle sweeps it's wings forward on the ice of one of the frozen lakes photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayOne of Hokkaido's White Tailed Sea Eagles photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayOne of Hokkaido's Steller Sea Eagles swoops for a fish photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

One of the White Tailed Sea Eagles swoops for a fish photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayA White Tailed Sea Eagle lands on the Rausu pack ice photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

A White Tailed Sea Eagle stood on the ice of one of the frozen lakes photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayA White Tailed Sea Eagle soars through the air above one of the feeding sites photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Nothing can prepare you for that incredible moment when you are amongst the ice floes with eagles all around. It is pretty common for our guests to finish each of the sessions feeling as though they have been in the gym, with arms that ache from non-stop shooting.

Many of our group came on the trip to fulfil a long awaited plan to see the Snow Monkeys; however, they left saying that the highlight of the trip was actually the boat trips to photograph the eagles. In Nicola’s own words “this was an amazing trip – lots of wildlife on hand, with lots of opportunities to take stunning images.”

A Stellers Sea Eagle strides across the ice of one of the frozen lakes photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday A juvenile White Tailed Sea Eagle having just landed on the ice of one of the frozen lakes photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday A juvenile Stellers Sea Eagle eats fish whilst being pestered by a pair of crows photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

DO YOU WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH THE WINTER WILDLIFE IN JAPAN FOR YOURSELF?

With the 2018 trip full, we have opened up bookings for the 2019 trip, this is an opportunity for you to undertake photography of blakistons fish owl, red crowned crane, snow monkey, stellers sea eagle, ural owl, white tailed sea eagle, whooper swan & more in the wintery landscapes of Japan for yourself; the cost for a single traveller is £5749, with single occupancy accommodation throughout, no sharing & no single supplement!

To secure your place on this photographic tour, we require a 20% deposit – the balance will fall due on 16th November 2018 – we include all ground transportation within Japan, transport to & from shoot locations, dinners & breakfasts, accommodation, entrance fees, boat fees for six boat trips & guidance/tuition; the dates for the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Tour are February 9 – 22, 2018.

 

 

One of the young snow monkeys found in the Jigokudani Valley photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

A special pricing offer for Japan in Winter 2018

If you are a pair of travelling companions or a couple, we have an offer that might entice you to join our Japan in Winter Photography Holiday in February 2018, for a room that is shared, can you book a pair of places for £5199 each instead of £5499!

You & a companion can join us & spend time with the gorgeous snow monkeys as shown in this post, also several days with the red-crowned cranes & the whooper swans, then four days focussed on stellers sea eagles & white-tailed sea eagles on our six boat trips & also at a couple of other locations.

A young snow monkey of the Jigokudani Valley photographed on the NaturesLens Japan in Winter Photography Holiday

For travelling companions happy to share a room or a couple, you can book a pair of places for £10,398 – details of the whole trip are available here, quote JAPANPAIR in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your places with 20% deposit only!

One of the juvenile snow monkeys of the Jigokudani Valley photographed on the NaturesLens Japan in Winter Photography Holiday

We had a couple of non-photographer spouses on the recent tour – & it would be fair to say that they got as much from the tour as anyone else, more in some areas in fact, as their face was not pressed against the back of the camera, focussed on only what they could see through the viewfinder!

One of the young snow monkeys of the Jigokudani Valley photographed on the NaturesLens Japan in Winter Photography Holiday

DO YOU WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH THE WILDLIFE OF JAPAN IN WINTER FOR YOURSELF?

We have an opportunity in 2018 for you to undertake photography of the blakiston’s fish owl, red-crowned cranes, snow monkeys, steller’s sea eagles, ural owl, white-tailed sea eagles, whooper swans & more in the wintery landscapes of Japan for yourself, the photography holiday costs £5199 each for a sharing couple or sharing travelling companions exc. air travel to & within Japan itself – all ground transportation within Japan, accommodation & guidance/tuition from myself is included, the dates for the Japanese Winter Wildlife Tour is February 10 February 23, 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.

No bird typifies time on Hokkaido more than the Red Crowned Crane photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Another successful Japanese Winter Wildlife tour to Hokkaido & Honshu

I’ve just returned from spending two weeks, in good company of some great NaturesLens clients, where we were on a trip to attempt photograph the fantastic Japanese Winter Wildlife, including the Blakiston’s fish owl, the red crowned crane, the adorable snow monkeys in their spa & in the snow, the fantastic Steller’s Sea Eagle, & their close relations the White-Tailed Sea Eagle, dreamy Whooper Swans & more in the wintery landscapes of Japan.

One of the young snow monkeys found in the Jigokudani Valley photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

This year, for potentially the last time, we started our Japanese Winter Wildlife trip with the snow monkeys; for next year, we will be starting on Hokkaido & finishing with the snow monkeys, this is mainly so that we can get into a truly wonderful hotel, that no-one should miss out upon. This year, as every year, the snow monkeys did not disappoint, all our clients captured some fantastic images of these primates in their hot spa & in the surrounding snow-clad valley.

A young snow monkey, as can be found in the Jigokudani Valley photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

The first photographic target species on Hokkaido are always the red-crowned cranes, every year, we try for sunset, sunrise & daytime images of these graceful birds – this year, we only had a decent sunset on the first day of two in the area, but the cranes obliged & flew over the tree-line & in-front of the setting sun.

No bird typifies time on Hokkaido more than the Red Crowned Crane photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Moving on from the cranes, we spent several days photographing the beautiful whooper swans on their caldera lake, these are a subject people always fall in love with. Our hotel for the swans was one that boasts wildlife literally outside the windows, & we had a Blakiston’s fish owl & fox come up from the river. The next morning, sable & Hokkaido squirrel were spotted, along with another fox.

After a couple of days in the area, we moved on, northwards, three days of bitter cold, early morning starts & a plethora of eagle action was promised, & delivered upon. Each of the days was very different in conditions, with pack ice forcing us back into the harbour on the second day. Each day, the eagles kept us entertained & the memory cards just kept being filled with superb images of the birds diving, posing, performing flypasts & more.

One of the Sea Eagles soars over the ice laden seas of Hokkaido photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

A quick sojourn down the peninsulas on our way towards the south of Hokkaido, saw us photographing fox & deer in large quantities, & heading to a large frozen lake to photograph the morning squabble for fish amongst Black-eared Kites, White-tailed Sea Eagles & Steller’s Sea Eagles. This location produces some of the cleanest background images of the eagles that I believe are achievable, the action is frantic, like a kite-feeding station, the interactions often harsh, but the photographic opportunities are plentiful.

A steller's sea eagle flies over one of the frozen lakes of Hokkaido in the Winter photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

A Steller's Sea Eagles lands on the ice of one of Hokkaido's lakes photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

One of the Steller's Sea Eagles soars over the ice of one of Hokkaido's lakes photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

February 2018 is yet another return visit to Japan to photograph the various species on offer, including the blakiston’s fish owl, red crowned crane, snow monkey, stellers sea eagle, ural owl, white tailed sea eagle, whooper swan & more; so if you fancy photographing the wonderful winter wildlife & the amazing bleak landscapes, whilst absorbing the culture & everything else Japan in Winter has to offer, then join me for this spectacular Winter Wildlife experience, all the details of the Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday may be viewed here.

One place left to join me in a Winter Wonderland

A blanket of white as far as the eye can see. Fat flakes lazily tumble down to create the illusion that you are actually sitting inside a snow globe. Across a land that lies heavy with tradition, an abundance of wildlife thrives. Snow monkeys bathing in the onsen, beautiful red crowned cranes seem to dance in the air, while Steller’s Sea Eagles & White Tailed Sea Eagles drift on pack ice. See it all with the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Holiday.

One of the Steller's Sea Eagles photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

The headline features of the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Holiday, are as follows:

  • To be conducted between the dates of February 11, 2017 – February 24, 2017.
  • Lead by David Miles.
  • Capture images of the Red Crowned Cranes, Snow Monkeys, Stellers Sea Eagles, White Tailed Sea Eagles & Whooper Swans! 
  • Three days of photographing the impressive Stellers & White-Tailed sea eagles, with a 5am & 9am cruises each day whilst on Hokkaido.
  • Photography at a sea eagle feeding site on a frozen lake, this provides some amazing opportunities for shots of interaction between the sea eagles of both types, plus black-eared kites
  • Like most of our tours – No single supplement!
  • Easy flights into & out of Tokyo.
  • All airport transfers, accommodation, meals on a half-board basis & activities whilst in Japan are included.
  • Tuition on an as-needed basis from David.

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One of the many White Tailed Eagles that frequent the hides used on the NaturesLens Ultimate Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday

New Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday

Take up the opportunity for a week of amazing wildlife photography in Romania, specifically our Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday. Our trip is based at a cosy & well-equipped 4 star hotel inside the nature reserve itself. This allows our group to stay in the middle of nature, without giving up on the the comfort & amenities that will make the trip comfortable! It gets better, our venue has 20 purpose built hides available for the use of all our group participants throughout the trip.

A pair of White Tailed Eagles photographed at the hides used on the NaturesLens Ultimate Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday

Species that you can observe & photograph during our visit will include Glossy Ibis, Garganey, Ferruginous Duck, Marsh Sandpiper, Ruff, White- tailed Eagle, Black Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Penduline Tit, Bearded Reedling, Golden Jackals & Eurasian Otters.

At night, aboard the 4×4 vehicles, you will hear the endless calls of Tree Frogs & Toads, you will be able see various nocturnal insects including many moths, & with a bit of luck we might even see the Wildcat, which are quite numerous inside the property.

Details of the itinerary, including more images from this holiday may be found on our events page here. We anticipate that this holiday will be extremely popular so book now to avoid disappointment.

Reserve a place on the NaturesLens Ultimate Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday, with a deposit of only £300, balance due March 2015.

One of the many White Tailed Eagles that frequent the hides used on the NaturesLens Ultimate Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday

An osprey pulls itself from the water with a trout grasped in it's talons - photographed on a NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holiday

July 2015 Osprey Photography Holiday

An osprey pulls itself from the water with a trout grasped in it's talons - photographed on a NaturesLens Osprey Photography Holiday

We are happy to announce an osprey workshop for July, 2015; NaturesLens have secured accommodation & hide spaces for a stunning Osprey Photography Holiday during July 2015; these osprey photography sessions are one of the most exciting sessions of photography a wildlife photographer can encounter. The sessions typically start at 4.30am, the anticipation builds, the birds come in to fish, a splash as the bird dives to the loch an to grab a trout, then the lift-off … an exhilarating experience to photograph.

The bulk of the days are free for participants to catch up on sleep, however, one of the days does include an early evening session of Osprey Photography in the same hides. These evening sessions provide opportunities for backlit shots.

The NaturesLens Osprey Photography Holiday, which costs £599, includes:

  • Two morning hide sessions for photography of the ospreys as they fish to feed their new offspring.
  • One evening hide session for photography of the diving ospreys.
  • Accommodation at the High Range Lodge Hotel from July 9th – July 11th.
  • Tuition as required.
Reserve a place on the NaturesLens Osprey Photography Holiday in Aviemore, with a deposit of only £150, your balance will be due May 2015.

In addition to the Osprey Photography Holiday in Aviemore, NaturesLens will, if demand is sufficient, run a 3 day trip immediately afterwards to Mull for several days of Sea Eagle Photography. This extension will include transport to Mull, three nights bed & breakfast accommodation, two public Sea Eagle Photography Cruises & two exclusive Sea Eagle Photography Cruises.

A White Tailed Sea Eagle poses on a frozen lake - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

White Tailed Sea Eagles of Poland

A White Tailed Sea Eagle - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

Phil, who is guiding the NaturesLens White Tailed Sea Eagle Winter Photography Holiday in January has provided us with some more photos of the kind of images that our clients should be able to secure themselves if they join him in Poland during mid-January 2015. The eagles themselves are impressive, but against such a stark landscape they should look even more so.

A White Tailed Sea Eagle strides across the surface of a frozen lake photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide A White Tailed Sea Eagle prepares to land on a frozen lake - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

Reserve a place on the NaturesLens White Tailed Sea Eagle Winter Photography Holiday, with a deposit of only £200, your balance will be due December 2014.

A White Tailed Sea Eagle posed on a frozen lake -  photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

A swooping White Tailed Sea Eagle - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

The behaviour that singles out this site & makes the opportunities so special for White Tailed Sea Eagle winter photography, is that any gathering of eagles in these large numbers invariably leads to fights over the supplementary food put out for them. If we are lucky enough to get snow for our visit, then the fighting can reach frenzied levels, and leads to incredible photographic opportunities.

A diving White Tailed Sea Eagle - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide   A White Tailed Sea Eagle comes in to land - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide A White Tailed Sea Eagle poses on a frozen lake - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide A White Tailed Sea Eagle flies into shot - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

The NaturesLens White Tailed Sea Eagle Winter Photography Holiday is priced at £899 & includes:

  • 4 day-long hide sessions for photography of the White Tailed Sea Eagles.
  • All Accommodation & meals.
  • All transfers and transport within Poland.
  • Tuition as required.
Reserve a place on the NaturesLens White Tailed Sea Eagle Winter Photography Holiday, with a deposit of only £200, your balance will be due December 2014.

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