Part 1 of Peter’s graphical review of our Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

A red crowned crane takes flight against a pristine blue sky this image was captured on the Island of Hokkaido during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

Peter sent us so many stunning images taken on our Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday that the only way we could do them justice was to publish two blog posts.

I especially love this image of a red fox with the slightly cocked head, exuding charm & curiosity all at the same time. The red foxes of Hokkaido are not particularly shy of people. In fact, they are curious & often stare at or even approach anything or anyone new in their surroundings.

A red fox of the Furen Penninsula this image was captured on the Island of Hokkaido during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

Peter also got some fantastic opportunities with the Sika deer, also known as  Japanese deer. The Sika deer is considered sacred because of their significance in the ancient Shinto religion. They can be found all over Japan with the largest of the species living on Hokkaido.

A pair of Sika deer of the Furen Penninsula this image was captured on the Island of Hokkaido during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

A small group of Sika deer found on the Furen Penninsula this image was captured on the Island of Hokkaido during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

With 2 days at the international crane centre, Peter found time to experiment with a bit of monochrome photography.

A red crowned crane takes flight against a pristine sky this image was captured on the Island of Hokkaido during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

A pair of Red Crowned Cranes, the revered bird of the island this image was captured on the Island of Hokkaido during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

The bark of a red crowned crane is dramatic & haunting at the same time. All part of their ritual to renew their bond with each other.

A pair of Red Crowned Cranes, heads thrown back, barking into the air this image was captured on the Island of Hokkaido during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

A red crowned crane takes flight against a pristine blue sky this image was captured on the Island of Hokkaido during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

I love how Peter has captured the red crown on this crane.

A red crowned crane showing off the patch of red bare skin on the crown this image was captured on the Island of Hokkaido during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

When travelling to somewhere like Japan, it is never easy deciding what lenses to take. But it’s always worth packing a wide angle lens as you never know what opportunities may present themselves.  The whooper swans proved to be a great subject for wide angle shots.

A wide angle capture of a group of Whooper Swans found at Lake Kussharo this image was captured on the Island of Hokkaido during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

A wide angle of a group of Whooper Swans found at Lake Kussharo this image was captured on the Island of Hokkaido during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

A wide angle image of a group of Whooper Swans found at Lake Kussharo this image was captured on the Island of Hokkaido during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

A pair of whooper swans take flight against a pristine blue sky this image was captured on the Island of Hokkaido during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

A group of sleeping Whooper Swans found at Lake Kussharo this image was captured on the Island of Hokkaido during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

The Snow Monkeys are the main reason why most wildlife photographers visit Japan. So photogenic & full of character. I never tire of seeing images of them & the antics they get up to.

Part 2 of Peter’s blog post concentrates on the spectacular sea eagles at Rausu!

One of the young Snow Monkeys playing in the snow this image was captured during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

One of the young Snow Monkeys catches a nap in the thermal pool this image was captured during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

One of the adult Snow Monkeys in the thermal pool this image was captured during the NaturesLens 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, & normally 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.

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