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Some time spent with the Wildcats, Eagles & Lynx of Spain

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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 a number of years & the area is now home to 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

Possible return to the Ice Bears of the Yukon

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A Pair Of Sparring You Grizzly Bears On The Banks Of The Fishing Branch River Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The NaturesLens Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday

Although the 2018 trip to photograph the Ice Bears is already full – there is a possibility of us running the Ice Bears of the Yukon photography workshop again in 2019 or 2020, as with the 2018 trip there will only be a tiny number of places available, if you would be interested in joining one or other of us on this photography workshop deep in the wilds of the Yukon, then get in touch & we can send you details.

An Ice Covered Grizzly Bear Of The Yukon Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The NaturesLens Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday

The itinerary & dates would be very similar to the 2018 trip, so view the event page for those details – we will likely have to get a booking in at least 18 months – 2 years in advance, the window for this type of photography of the Ice Bears is a matter of only a few weeks.

One Of The Grizzly Bears Of Bear Cave Mountain Walks Alongside Fishing Branch River Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday

An Atmospheric Image Of Landscape Of Fishing Branch River Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The NaturesLens Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday A Pair Of Sparring You Grizzly Bears On The Banks Of The Fishing Branch River Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The NaturesLens Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday A Grizzly Bear Bursts From Fishing Branch River With A Freshly Caught Salmon Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday

Some of Jayne’s images from our Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday

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An Alaskan Bald Eagle Barks In The Air After Successfully Dragging A Fish From The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

The moment we see the last client off when we’ve ended one of our photography holidays, usually sees us both breathe a sigh of relief, & the end of the recent Alaska Photography Holiday was no different; that point has normally been reached only by planning over a period of several years, by having planned contingency plans & contingency plans for contingency plans; at that juncture, we can perform the final few tasks to wrap the tour up, one of these is to send an email thanking our clients for their participation & inviting them to contribute some images that they captured whilst away with us, to our blog – we love showing off what clients achieve as we feel it is a good measure for other clients to see what can be captured in the relatively short time frame of one of our holidays.

So when our clients send in images or thank us via email we beam from cheek to cheek – it’s even more awesome when we receive a testimonial like this, from Jayne, regarding our Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday:

“Back home after a fabulous 10 days in Alaska. Been up for about 30 hours so it’s going to be an early night but just wanted to say anyone thinking about a wildlife photographic holiday I can’t recommend NaturesLens highly enough. Every detail is covered to make sure we have the best photographic opportunities & we always have a great laugh together. Thank you David Miles & Pui Hang Miles for everything you do.”

Jayne first published a blog posting of her own, with her recollections of the trip, you can read that blog posting here, then she sent us a selection of different images again, also of the Alaskan Bald Eagles, for us to publish on our blog – so here are those images:

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Ian’s images of the Bald Eagles of Alaska

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The Silhouette Of A Soaring Bald Eagle Over The Chilkat Valley Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

Late November 2016 saw the inaugural NaturesLens Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday to South East Alaska to photograph the Bald Eagle ‘Council’. The ‘Council’ is the annual gathering of thousands of Bald Eagles on the shores of the Chilkat River to feed up for Winter on the late run of Chum or ‘Dog’ Salmon. NaturesLens based the photography holiday in Haines, a small town on the Alaskan coast – & it would be difficult to find a friendlier place.

A Bald Eagle Perched In One Of The Trees That Line The Chilkat Valley Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

As usual David & PN had sorted out all the travel & accommodation detail &, in addition to their presence, we enjoyed the company of 2 local guides, Joe & Thomas, both of whom know the area intimately & are accomplished photographers in their own right. The omens were therefore well set for finding the best sites for capturing images of the main subject for this holiday, the Bald Eagles of Alaska.

The Famous Alaskan Passage Lighthouse That Greets Those Who Travel Up To Haines By Ferry Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

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Wildcats, Eagles, & Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

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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.

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

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Wildcats, Eagles, & Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

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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.

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

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