In less than six months, I will be returning to Japan, for the 5th time. It is a country that never ceases to amaze me during the Winter time. Next year we are taking a smaller group to photograph the Japanese Winter Wildlife, but that should make it all the more fun. I will be stepping aside from the trip that is scheduled for 2019, but Pui Hang will be taking over the reins along with a co-guide.
But, back to the matter at hand. In February 2017, I had the great pleasure of meeting Graeme & Georgia as part of the group attending our Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday. Graeme was entranced by all the wildlife that we encountered, & fully embraced the food, custom & habitat of Hokkaido. He sent in the following images & some words relating to the trip. I cannot wait to meet up with them again in 2018, but for some different species on that occasion!
We prepared well & thought we knew what to expect in Japan. But nothing could prepare us for the reality of dozens of Steller's & White-tailed Eagles grabbing fish right beside the boat out of Rausu, Hokkaido.
Or the number of Macaque Monkeys in the snow & thermal spring pool.
Nor the elegant red-crowned cranes in flight, & their beautiful courtship dance.
Or pure white Whooper Swans against a backdrop of snow & mountains.
The list goes on.
And that doesn't even mention the fantastic accommodation & Japanese food included in the itinerary .. or the photography lessons … or the information about Hokkaido & Japan in general.
I hope my pictures do the plethora of Japanese Winter Wildlife justice!
Photograph the Winter Wildlife of Japan for yourself
To photograph the charismatic winter wildlife of Japan for yourself, join David Miles & Ian Roberts, members of the NaturesLens guiding team, in Japan during February 2019 for a trip lasting 13 nights; this photography holiday will offer you the opportunity to capture images of the red-crowned crane, snow monkey, steller's sea eagle, white tailed sea eagle, whooper swan, plus more; the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday is offered on a half board, non-shared room basis, & costs £5249 per participant, but there are several early-bird places available priced at £4999.