An exceptionally beautiful Stellers sea eagle poses on a outcrop of frozen pack ice located on the coast of Rausu captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

An & her husband Peter joined us on our Winter Wildlife of Japan photography holiday last year. Below are some of the images that she kindly sent to us to share…

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.

A pair of beautiful red crowned cranes performing their dance in the snow captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

The Whooper Swans are always the surprise stars of the show.
A pair of whooper swans of Lake Kussharo sleep floating on the thermally heated waters of the lake captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

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.

A wide angle image that captures one of the groups of whooper swans that call Lake Kussharo home captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday A wide angle image that captures the majesty of the whooper swans that call Lake Kussharo home captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

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.

An exceptionally beautiful Stellers sea eagle poses on a outcrop of frozen pack ice located on the coast of Rausu captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

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.

One of the red foxes of Hokkaido makes off with his catch of a small fish on the ice of a frozen harbour captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday One of the red foxes of Hokkaido traverses the ice of a frozen harbour captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

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.
Mother and baby snow monkey of Hell's Valley foraging for food in the snow captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

One of the snow monkeys of Hell's Valley foraging for food in the snow captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

I think this image should be a contender in the Wildlife Comedy Photography Awards! He could also do with a scale & polish!
One of the snow monkeys of Hell's Valley in desperate need of a clean and scale captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

Our boat trips in Rausu are great for practising birds in flight. There are so many opportunities that it’s been known for our clients to complain about aching arms from shooting so much!
A white tailed sea eagles snatches a fish from the frozen seas on the coast of Rausu captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday
One of the white tailed sea eagles flies over the frozen pack ice located on the coast of Rausu captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday One of the white tailed sea eagles prepares to snatch a fish from the frozen seas on the coast of Rausu captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

Many thanks to An for sharing her lovely images with us. I think we can all say that she got some real crackers while in Japan.
One of the whooper swans of Lake Kussharo lands making a splash captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday One of the whooper swans of Lake Kussharo swims in the thermally heated waters of the lake captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday Silhouetted Red crowned cranes of Hokkaido returning to their roost site captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday The beautiful but stark wild landscape of the frozen lakes of the Furen Penninsula captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

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.

All the details of the  Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday are available on the dedicated event page.