I have been on wildlife photographic trips many times with David & PN. Sometimes as personal friends & sometimes as a client of NaturesLens, whilst discussing plans for 2017, David mentioned that he felt the Calera trip to photograph some of the Birds of Spain would be exactly what I wanted as I have for some time yearned to photograph the Little Bustard displaying.
As all wildlife photographers know you can go to the right place at the right time & still fail to get your shot. – this is exactly what happened on this trip! If it was easy it would soon become boring.
So did I come away disappointed from my trip? The answer is a resounding No as there were so many other great birds to photograph & in wonderful lighting that I almost forgot why I first decided to go on this trip.
The hides include a wonderful shoreline hide on a small lake, this provides the opportunity for low-level photography of the birdlife that frequents this water body.
The olive groves in the area are home to little owls & the fantastic hoopoe – both of which species had mated & were feeding their young, meaning visits were plentiful with a wide variety of grubs, insects & other prey.
A particular highlight during the time of the visit is the abundance of European Bee-Eaters, feeding each other, feeding their young & generally putting on a magnificent display for all who will watch.
The bustards – specifically the larger of the species – the little bustard evaded my lens on this occasion!
The lesser kestrel site is one of particular note, the hide is located at roof level, meaning that you are at the exact same level as the colony of birds themselves!
Vistors to the other hides include a variety of smaller birds, red foxes on the scavenge, storks, vultures & kites, plus the azure winged magpie
I will just have to go again to get the Little Bustard.
The group I went with as usual were a great bunch of guys, we all soon became good friends & everyone was always willing to help each other to make the trip even better. Dan, our leader, was also very good & for a youngster has great photographic knowledge & thinks easily outside the box when necessary.
I hope my images will help make you decide that a trip to photograph the Birds of Spain with Natureslens makes for a worthy addition to any photographer’s portfolio of images!
DO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE IMAGES OF THE BIRDS OF SPAIN FOR YOURSELF?
We have scheduled, for the fourth year running, a trip that is to be run during April of 2018, this is an opportunity for you to undertake photography of the Birds of Spain on the plains of Calera for yourself; the photography holiday costs £2099 each participant, this price excludes air travel to Madrid itself – all ground transportation from Madrid & back, & to & from shoot locations, food, accommodation & guidance/tuition is included, the dates for the Spanish Birds of Calera Photography Holiday are April 21, 2018 – April 29, 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.