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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

Possible return to the Ice Bears of the Yukon

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

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

Some of Jayne’s images from our 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:

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

As Jayne mentions on her own blog posting, the main focus of our Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday is, rather obviously, the Bald Eagles & so these first photos show the varied behaviour of these amazing birds – all up & down the Chilkat valley & the river that has carved it’s course through the mountains, eagles will be found; they fish the chumming salmon from the river & feast on the bloated fish on the banks of the frozen river, upon landing a fish or ‘liberating’ it from another bird, the adult bald eagles typically throw their head back & bark into the air, showing their dominance & announcing that they are the ‘top of the tree’.

A Pair Of Alaskan Bald Eagles Jostle Over A Fish In The Shallows Of The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Trio Of Alaskan Bald Eagles Squabble Over A Fish In A Tributary Of The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

Typically this dominance is short lived, other eagles will swoop in & attempt, in the case of the juvenile eagles, to intimidate the current fish-holder off the fish via a series of low-level swoops; in the case of the adult versus adult, the swoops are far more brutal, often resulting in contact & one bird being slammed to the ground.

It is not just eagle versus eagle contact that the fish-holder has to contend with, ravens constantly dot the river banks waiting to challenge for scraps of fish.

An Alaskan Bald Eagle Comes In To Land Upstream From Haines Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday An Alaskan Bald Eagle Eats A Fish Whilst Being Mobbed By Ravens On A Bank Of The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday An Alaskan Bald Eagle Banks In The Cold Air Of The Alaskan Winter Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

Often times, the bald eagle will become so annoyed with the developing situation that he will take off with the fish & fly elsewhere to finish the meal.

An Alaskan Bald Eagle Spreads It's Wings To Slow It's Flight On A Frozen Bank Of The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

Often times, between meals or whilst waiting for another eagle to land a fish, the eagles perch & pose, fly around & land, all on washed up trees & drift wood that has been swept downstream by the Chilkat river.

An Alaskan Bald Eagle Feeds On A Fish In The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday An Alaskan Bald Eagle Glides Through The Cold Air Of The Chilkat Valley Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday An Alaskan Bald Eagle Perched On A Fallen Tree Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

Like many of our photography holidays that mention a specific species in the title, the bald eagles were the main focus of the NaturesLens Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday, but many other species were spotted in the Chilkat Eagle Reserve & two further days allow participants to expand their portfolio out to further topics or species.

An Alaskan Bald Eagle Crows In The Air Perched On A Tree Close To One Of The Viewing Points Along The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

Many of our clients produce calendars or photo books after a trip & a variety of images make these ‘pop’. So for one day, the group was offered the chance to head across the border into British Columbia & the Yukon for some high altitude landscape photography.

The Stunning British Columbian Mountains Soared Towards The Clouds Just Across The Border Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

For another couple of days, Jayne & several others took the opportunity to visit the Kroschel Wildlife Centre, this is not a game farm like many of the ‘wildlife centres’ in the USA are, the centre takes in orphaned or injured animals from across Alaska, the owner, Steve, frequently gets calls from vets all over Alaska & is asked if he can rehome a certain species. The centre is ‘home’ to a wide variety of animals including bear, wolverine, lynx, porcupine, red fox & wolves, some of which are shown in images, captured by Jayne, below:

A Lynx Yawning After Waking From It's Slumber At The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Porcupine Caught In A Fall Of Snow At The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday One Of The Rescued Snowy Owls Of The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Rescued Grizzly Bear Orphan Who Now Lives At The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Rescued Alaskan Red Fox Who Now Calls The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Home Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Rescued Alaskan Red Fox Demonstrates It's Inquisitive Nature Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Orphaned Alaskan Wolf Who Now Calls The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Home Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography HolidayWhilst 2017 is too busy to prompt a return to the Chilkat Valley of Alaska & the wonderful wildlife that exists within this harsh environment, NaturesLens will be returning to Haines in 2018 or 2019 – if you would like to join us on for another Alaskan Photography Holiday, send us a message & we will add you to a list of interested clients.

An Alaskan Bald Eagle Soars In The Wintery Air Against The Backdrop Of The Mountains And Forests Of The Chilkat Valley Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

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

Ian’s images of the Bald Eagles of Alaska

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

The scenery of the Alaskan ‘panhandle’ is the stunning product of glaciation – high snow-covered mountains & deep, wide valleys. We journeyed in from Juneau by ferry, which enabled us to take in the scenery at a leisurely pace & also to acclimatise to the temperatures (cold or, alternatively, bloody freezing, if you choose to go on deck at 0∘C when travelling at 15 knots). For much of the journey, we were glad to be scenery peepers from the comfort of the lounge!

The Silhouette Of A Soaring Bald Eagle Over The Chilkat Valley Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Bald Eagle Soars Through The Wintery Air Of The Chilkat Valley Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A juvenile bald eagle attempts to steal a fish from an adult bald eagle - on the right - the juveniles go through several distinct moults prior to adulthood - photographed on the NaturesLens Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography HolidayA Quintet Of Trumpeter Swans, These Are Also Commonly Found In The Bald Eagle Preserve Of The Chilkat Valley Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

There’s not a lot of usable daylight in Alaska in November so, having breakfasted in our comfortable apartment rooms, we usually set out soon after 7am to get to the prime Bald Eagle viewing sites. We became intimately familiar with the ‘pull-outs’ on the Highway North West of Haines. One because it was a good starting site & a second because it had a loo (don’t get too excited – no water, no heating, no warm seat (unless you got in fast after the last occupant!)).

The daily morning challenge became to balance high ISO against available light to get images which were not too grainy, but in which the birds were sharp. Later as the light improved, the sites were beautifully side lit by sunrise, leading to some stunning golden tinged imagery. The hunt was always on for the iconic images – low flying over the river with wing-tip grazing the water, the mid-air ‘L’ shape, & the fights over fish. We moved around freely, picking sites down at water level or alternatively high on the bank to get the best vantage points. There was sufficient space for everyone, even when organised groups converged with the many independent photographers on a particular highlight.

A Pair Of Trumpeter Swans Attempt A Take Off From The Chilly Waters Of The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Portrait Of One Of The Chilkat Valley Bald Eagles Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Pair Of Bald Eagle Squabble Over A Fish In The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

The weather varied from dry & bright to overcast to falling snow. The latter was particularly challenging as, whilst it gave us atmospheric images, autofocus tended to lock onto the snowflakes rather than the birds. On the other hand, we had some star birds that took up a stance in a nearby tree at an accessible height, & were very tolerant of the surrounding throng on cameras.

As the good light was generally over by 2pm (it was dark by 4pm), lunch was usually a snack & the evening meal was taken early in keeping with American custom.

It was off-peak season in Haines so the choice of eateries was limited but nonetheless no disappointment. Of course, the cuisine leaned towards archetypal American influenced international, but a local Bakery became a firm favourite with both a Thai & American menu. The fact that it’s run by a crazy, fun Thai lady was the added bonus. We were there for the Thanksgiving weekend – a family holiday with most of the shops closed. Nevertheless, the Bakery whipped up a takeaway Thanksgiving Supper for us, & the hotel kindly let us use a Conference Room so we could sit down together. A further highlight for the connoisseur of international imbibition, was the micro-brewery right next door to the hotel. A peculiarity of local licensing laws was that it could not operate as a bar; however, it was permitted to allow ‘tasting’ so long as no-one consumed more than the equivalent of 3 pints in any 12 hour period! There’s also a gin distillery but we never quite made it that far.

A Bald Eagle Touches The Tips Of One Wing In The Frozen Waters Of The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday A Bald Eagle Flies Gracefully Above The Waters Of The Chilkat River Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday Eyes Focused On Target, The Bald Eagle Is A Formidable Bird When In Flight Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

The photography was not all about bald eagles though; some of the group took the opportunity to travel over the border into Canada & the Yukon interior where there was plenty of opportunity for landscapes & cloudscapes, & we even came across 3 moose, although the grab shots did not do them justice.

The Snowscapes Of British Columbia, Located Just A Few Miles Over The Border From The Normal Locations That We Made Use Of Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

There is also the Kroschel Wildlife Sanctuary, with examples of Alaskan fauna such as Red Fox, Grizzly Bear, Wolverine, Wolf, Pine Marten & Silver Fox. The animals are all orphans or rescue who would otherwise not have had a future. They live in large free-range enclosures & are habituated to their handler, but other than that they are ‘wild’ & many have been stars in wildlife documentaries. The enclosures are constructed to facilitate photography & this was a good opportunity to get close to animals that are either seldom seen or only from afar.

A Red Tailed Hawk Who Now Lives At The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday One Of The Pine Martins Who Are Now Resident At The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday Jpg An Orphaned Red Fox, Named Isis, Who Now Lives At The Kroschel Wildlife Centre Photographed On The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday

Our departure day was due to include half a day’s photography before a charter flight out to Juneau. However, an imminent storm meant we were called urgently to the airport & managed to ‘escape’ shortly before the weather arrived, dumping over a foot of snow.

I mentioned this was the inaugural Bald Eagles of Alaska photography tour, the implication being that there will be others. David & PN have confirmed this, although the dates are not yet set. Nevertheless, if you’re interested in capturing these iconic birds, in a stunning location & a fun atmosphere, let them know.

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An elk, encountered in the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

If you are a pair of travelling companions or a couple then you can share accommodation & book these two places for £5249 each instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONEPAIR 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!

If you are a single traveller then you can still have a special offer price of £500 off, meaning that you can book a place for £5499 instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONESINGLE in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your place with 20% deposit only!

The NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter photography holiday encompasses Utah, the Tetons & Yellowstone National Park & combines crisp winter landscapes & epic scenery with rare wildlife & the promise of day after day capturing images of the wonderful North American Winter Wildlife & landscapes, what could be more perfect?

One of the famous bison of Yellowstone - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Explore the wetlands of Farmington Bay along the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Farmington Bay has become a must shoot location for wildlife & bird photographers. Utah’s winters are cold, forcing many raptors & owls to hunt in the daytime. This affords wildlife photographers the chance to capture images of birds like short-eared owls, barn owls, northern harriers, American kestrels, rough-legged hawks, & many others that hunt the refuge.

A bald eagle soars over the bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Besides Farmington Bay our guests will also have the opportunity to photograph at two other prime wildlife areas in northern Utah. We can travel a short distance to Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake where species such as Chukars, pronghorn antelope, bison, mule deer, great horned owls, bighorn sheep, coyotes, & red fox roam the island. We may also go to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge to photograph many other migrating birds, such as Tundra Swans, & many duck & geese species.

An image of a harrier captured at Farmington Bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday One of the barn owls that are to be found at Farmington Bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday A bald eagle trio - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Leaving Salt Lake City, we spend a day travelling 300 miles to Jackson Hole in Wyoming. We will make the most of opportunities along the way for both wildlife & the wide-ranging vistas. Upon arrival in Jackson Hole, we will prepare for the next two days of exciting photography. The next day, under the careful stewardship of our guide, we will visit the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, which hosts an abundance of wildlife that compliments its unparalleled scenery. Covered with a blanket of snow, winter in the Tetons offer a completely different perspective on the area. Wildlife is much easier to locate during the winter months & tend to be less mobile, allowing for some great photographic opportunities.

An elk, encountered in the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

The following day will be spent at the National Elk Refuge, run by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The National Elk Refuge provides a winter habitat for elk. During the summer, this Jackson herd grazes in higher elevations 30% in Grand Teton National Park, 30% in Gros Ventre, 25% in Yellowstone National Park, & 15% in the Teton Wilderness. The animals typically migrate down from the high country when cold weather sets in from late October through December in search of food. Thousands of elk migrate every year, the refuge is home to 5,000 elk, but their numbers regularly reach 6,000 to 7,000 or even more.

Upon leaving Jackson Hole, we travel another 300 miles. Our destination is the northern-most end of the Yellowstone National Park, to Gardiner.

A beautiful image of a coyote traversing the landscape - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Gardiner is the base for the photography holiday for the next 6 nights. With 5 full-days of photography available to us, the intention is that clients will be able to add a plethora of winter themed photos to their portfolio.

Established in 1872, Yellowstone is the first & oldest national park in the world, covering nearly 3,500 sq. miles of northwestern Wyoming as well as parts of Idaho & Montana. An important, self-sufficient ecosystem & home to a huge variety of free-ranging wild animals – including bison, elk, wolves, moose, & bears. Tall, rugged mountains including the Gallatin, Absorka, Washburn & Beartooth Ranges rim the park’s volcanic plateau. Much of the 5 days is spent in the wider Yellowstone area, however, we have factored in one day heading into the Yellowstone Interior, for photography of the frozen rivers & waterfalls & of course, the amazing geysers & Old Faithful itself.

The snow covered landscape of the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Winter is an amazing visual experience in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone is cloaked in white snow, turning the camouflage of summer sagebrush into a flat field of snow where every animal movement can be seen.

The Yellowstone plateau is cold, ringed by mountains that contain cold air driving down temperatures well below zero every night & some days. Animals struggle to survive & this safari is much more of a predator shoot. Wolves, coyotes, foxes, river otters, & eagles all prey on the wintering elk, bison, & bighorn.

We expect every type of weather during these days spent in Yellowstone, snow storms, wind, clouds, & even blue sky days. You can never tell from weather reports exactly what we could see. But it is this type of weather that creates amazing images & illustrates these animals fight for survival during the winter.

The cost for the Utah & Yellowstone in Winter trip, which is on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis is £5499 for the 12 days. This includes hotel accommodation, travel from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole, Gardiner & back to Salt Lake City, with all travel in between.

We also include at least one snow-coach day to the Yellowstone Interior. Not included are drinks or alcohol, items of a personal nature, international flights, and accommodation in Salt Lake City on the final night of the tour.

A pair of river otters, encountered by one of the rivers within Yellowstone - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

We hope that you will join us in these wintery landscapes, where we will be ensconced in the chilly grip of Mother Nature, lenses trained on some of the most impressive & stunning of North American wildlife.

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday Itinerary

27-Jan-18 – Travel to Salt Lake City – overnight Salt Lake City
28-Jan-18 – Farmington Bay – Raptor Photography – overnight Salt Lake City
29-Jan-18 – Farmington Bay – Raptor Photography – overnight Salt Lake City
30-Jan-18 – Travel to Jackson Hole – overnight Jackson Hole
31-Jan-18 – Grand Tetons & Wildlife Photography – overnight Jackson Hole
01-Feb-18 – National Elk Refuge Photography – overnight Jackson Hole
02-Feb-18 – Travel to Gardiner – overnight Gardiner
03-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
04-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
05-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
06-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
07-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
08-Feb-18 – Travel to Salt Lake City – optional overnight Salt Lake City or fly back to UK on late flight
09-Feb-18 – Travel to UK

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Availability

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If you are a pair of travelling companions or a couple then you can share accommodation & book these two places for £5249 each instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONEPAIR 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!

If you are a single traveller then you can still have a special offer price of £500 off, meaning that you can book a place for £5499 instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONESINGLE in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your place with 20% deposit only!

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.
  • Small lightweight towel for drying wet gear and handsCamera and lens waterproof cover (clear thin plastic bags also work well to protect lenses and camera from snow).
  • 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:

  • Good thermal underwear, long-johns and long sleeved thermal under-shirts
  • Warm quilted trousers, like the ones used for skiing, but not loud colors that could alarm the wildlife
  • Waterproof over-trousers 
  • A down jacket or waterproof jacket with a thick warm fleece under it
  • Snow/Thermal Boots* with a sole that is good for walking on snow and ice
  • Snow studs/spikes – nothing too elaborate. Just something to give you extra grip on icy paths
  • Thick warm socks 
  • Warm hat or hood on your jacket
  • Balaclava or snood
  • Silk gloves/Thin pair of thermal gloves, with rubber grip on the fingers and palm, or the fingers cut away, so that you can operate your camera with them on
  • A second, larger pair of over-gloves are sometimes useful, especially if your under-gloves are fingerless
  • Polar Fleeces, three or four if possible, as there are few hotels with facilities to wash your clothes
  • Thin fleeces or mid-shirts, to make adjusting to various conditions easier
  • Hand Warmers and Foot Warmers (that go inside your boots)

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 3 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, all 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.

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