One of the reasons for visiting Hokkaido is to witness the dance of the Red-Crowned Cranes. An was lucky enough to be able to isolate this pair of cranes as they performed their ritual dance. I love this image as it reminds me of a couple of prima ballerinas.
There are opportunities for close up shots & wide-angle shots. The latter is particularly powerful here with the mountains in the background & the steam from the caldera lake & the snow lending an atmospheric feel to An’s images.
With six boat trips out on the pack ice, there are plenty of opportunities to capture stunning, clean images of the magnificent Steller’s Sea Eagle. I used to think the White Tailed Sea Eagles were huge but they are small in comparison to these incredible raptors.
The foxes of Japan are extraordinary creatures, whereas those in Honshu are secretive & retiring, the red foxes of Hokkaido are confiding & unusually conspicuous. In the UK, some consider the red fox to be vermin, but in Japan, they are believed to be very intelligent, have a long life, & magical powers.
The Snow Monkey, or Japanese Macaque to give them their correct name, is perhaps the best known of all Japanese wildlife. An has sent in some gorgeous images of these simians in the snow.
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.