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Where in the World Can I Go to Safely Photograph Wildlife?

Stellars Sea Eagle in flight

It's easy, we've matched up travel corridors & locations already!

A number of guests have contacted us asking the exact question above, ‘Where in the world can I go to safely photograph wildlife?’, so, we have been looking at the regions of the world that ARE open to travellers & NOT on the list of prescribed countries, which is a long way of saying, we’ve been working out where people can still go to SAFELY photograph wildlife. Obviously, over time, this list may change.
If you fancy travelling in 2021, we’ve listed the wildlife photography trips that we still have availability on & that are OPEN to UK travellers

KERKINI’S DALMATIAN PELICANS OF GREECE

We have a couple of places that remain available for this popular tour that we have been running for a number of years now. Like all of our holidays, all guidelines will be followed, regulations are taken into account & it is of course covered by our booking guarantee. Right now, Greece is certainly one of the places that you can safely photograph wildlife!
So, you can join David, one of the co-founders of NaturesLens, in Kerkini during January 2021 for 4 nights; take the opportunity to capture images of the charismatic dalmatian pelicans; the NaturesLens Kerkini’s Dalmatian Pelicans of Greece photography holiday is offered on a full board, non-shared room basis, & costs £1099 per participant.
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WILDLIFE OF THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

This new holiday of ours, to the Scottish Highlands, also has a couple of places available. It is within the UK, so it a different beast from travelling abroad. You can join James in Inverness during February 2021 for 7 nights; during the week you will be taking opportunities to capture images of the wildlife of the Scottish Highlands.
The NaturesLens Wildlife of the Scottish Highlands photography tour is offered on a full board, non-shared room basis, & costs £1749 per participant. This tour of the Scottish Highlands allows you a glimpse of some of the country’s unique & beautiful wildlife, including the red squirrel, mountain hare, red deer, red grouse, ptarmigan, crested tit & more.
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WINTER WILDLIFE OF JAPAN

We hope to return to Japan in February 2021 for our tenth holiday! Every year the trip gets better & better as we add new sites & sights to the holiday. During the holiday you will visit Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido & gain an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions.
The photographic opportunities on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography tour are always without parallel, with opportunities to photograph the red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, during this awesome photography tour.
We remain hopeful that the tour will run. At the moment, Japan is closed to tourists, but it is on the travel corridor scheme from the FCO so we remain hopeful that the Japanese restrictions will be lifted in time & that the tour will run.
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GOLDEN EAGLES OF THE SWEDISH WINTER

Our holiday to the snow-covered forests of northern Sweden to photograph the Golden Eagles of the Swedish Winter is another trip to a travel corridor safe location. If you fancy this, you will get to spend 4 full-days in the hide observing breath-taking scenes as golden eagles soar & settle in their remote & unspoilt habitats. This is an extraordinary wildlife photography holiday, like all our trips, this is designed with photographers in mind to ensure you are given the best experience possible.
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SPRING BIRDS OF LAKE KERKINI

We have a couple of places that remain available for this popular trip to Kerkini in the Spring. Just like the winter trip, all guidelines from the Greek authorities will be followed, regulations are taken into account & it is of course covered by our booking guarantee. Right now, Greece is certainly one of the places that you can safely photograph wildlife!
You can join Iordan in Kerkini during May 2021 for 5 nights; you will spend several days in the lakeside environment, taking photo opportunities with all the birdlife that calls the lake & it’s environs home, including little owls, bee-eaters, herons, cormorants, the pelicans & much more. This trip is scheduled to take place between the dates of 24th – 29th May 2021 – & it is on special offer at £1599 instead of £1749.
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GREEK MACRO WILDLIFE OF KERKINI

We have a couple of places that remain available for this holiday, which is now in its second year, to Kerkini for macro photography. Just like the winter trip all guidelines from the Greek authorities will be followed, regulations are taken into account & it is of course covered by our booking guarantee. Right now, Greece is certainly one of the places that you can safely photograph wildlife!
You can join Iordan in Kerkini during June 2021 for 7 nights; you will spend several days in the lakeside environment, taking photo opportunities with all manner of tiny creatures. This photography tour is all about macro photography, & you will find the amphibians, reptiles, insects & flowers to be incredible, with 100’s of varieties, for example, of moths & dragonflies. This trip is scheduled to take place between the dates of 30th May – 6th June 2021.
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MAJESTIC BROWN BEARS & CUBS OF FINLAND

Finland IS on the designated travel corridors. The bears are fabulous & the holiday has a discount of £200 on it at the moment. The NaturesLens Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland photography tour heads deep into the Finnish forests to photograph the native brown bears & their adorable cubs. The remote woodland habitat offers the perfect backdrop in which to capture these majestic predators & their offspring as they play, hunt & maintain their territory.
Unlike some operators who visit just one location, you will be visiting two of the best locations in Finland to capture incredible images of this secretive species with opportunities to also photograph wolverine & if you are lucky, the wolf. What’s more, you will also be photographing from the professional hides which take just two photographers instead of the regular hides which take 9 or 12 photographers.
This tour is scheduled to take place between the dates of 12th – 18th June 2021- & it is on special offer at £1799 instead of £1999.
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OUR BOOKING GUARANTEE

We would love to see you on one of these trips with us soon – don’t forget our booking guarantee makes things a lot easier, if we need to move or cancel a holiday, we will simply make it as easy as we can for you
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Six classic species from the fabulous Scottish Highlands in Winter

Close to home for those of us in the United Kingdom, & not too far for our European friends, the fabulous wildlife of the Scottish Highlands in Winter offers opportunities to capture classic images of several different species, both in portrait style, but also within the environment.

Top of the list for anyone hoping to capture evocative images of the wildlife of the Scottish Highlands has to be the Red Squirrel.
Red Squirrels are just one of the species to photograph during the NaturesLens Wildlife of the Scottish Highlands Photography Holiday
Within the Caledonian forests, you will find the Red Squirrel darting from tree to tree & scampering across the ground in search of food. There are estimated to be only 160,000 red squirrels remaining in the UK, 75% of which are in Scotland. Loss of woodland in the past has caused difficulties for red squirrels, but Scottish forests are currently expanding.
Mountain Hares are amongst the species to photograph whilst in the Scottish Highlands during Winter
Second, slightly harder to obtain images of due to the altitudes at which they live, the Mountain Hare, this species is renowned for turning white in winter to match their upland surroundings; this is just one part of how this creature has adapted to polar & mountainous habitats.
Ptarmigan are just one of the species to photograph during the NaturesLens Wildlife of the Scottish Highlands Photography Holiday
Also found at higher altitudes, & also a species that changes colour according to the season, the Ptarmigan; the ptarmigan is a medium-sized gamebird in the grouse family. In summer, it is a mixture of grey, brown & black above with white bellies & wings. In winter, it becomes white except for its tail & eye-patch, which remain black.
Impressive Red Deer are included in the species to photograph in the Scottish Highlands during Winter
The red deer is Scotland’s largest deer. Males have large, branching antlers, increasing in size as they get older. Red deer are dark russet-brown, with a paler buff rump patch & a light tail. Red deer live on moorland & mountainsides, as well as grasslands near to woodland.
The punk rock Crested Tit is one of the species to photograph during the NaturesLens Wildlife of the Scottish Highlands Photography Holiday
The Crested Tit is a species which you will only find within the Caledonian pine forest of the Scottish Highlands; they appear to be hyperactive birds, often appearing restless as they forage for food in the Scots pines & on the ground. Although they are less colourful than many of the other tit species, they have a striking crest on the top of their head which can be raised & folded back to varying lengths. Their black & white speckled forehead enhances this impressive feature. They also have a black, eyeliner style, mark through the eye & a thin black collar.
The Red Grouse is one of the species to photograph in the Scottish Highlands during Winter
The red grouse is a medium-sized bird of the grouse family which is found in heather moorland in Great Britain & Ireland. It is usually classified as a subspecies of the willow ptarmigan. The red grouse is differentiated from the willow ptarmigan & rock ptarmigan by its plumage being reddish-brown, & not having a white winter plumage. The tail is black & the legs are white. There are white stripes on the underwing & red combs over the eye.
All these species & more besides can be photographed during our new 7-night photography tour to capture images of the fabulous wildlife of the Scottish Highlands, this will take place between the dates of 7th – 14th February 2021. It is ideal for photographing crested tit, mountain hare, ptarmigan, red deer, red grouse, red squirrel & more. The Scottish Highlands in Winter tour is of 7-nights duration & costs £1749 per participant; this wildlife photography holiday takes place in the Inverness area of Scotland within the United Kingdom.

Socially distanced photography holidays & workshops

One of the young seals perfectly silhouetted against the sky photographed during the NaturesLens Grey Seals of the Norfolk Coast photography workshop

We have been asked a number of times about social distancing & how our photography tours & workshops will change, if they need to.

These requirements for our photography holidays will likely change whilst we adapt to a world with a need for guide & guests to be socially distanced.
For our previous comments & our booking guarantee, you can read our main COVID-19 page.
The NaturesLens Grey Seals of the Norfolk Coast photography workshops are amongst the first workshops that we will be running with a need for guide & guests to be socially distanced
The bulk of our trips only take 4-6 guests, this means that we carry on as usual & social distancing is the new normal.
Most of our photography trips do not see strangers sharing same room accommodation, so nothing will change there. Social distancing should be relatively easy; our policy has always been to have single occupancy at no extra charge for the bulk of our trips unless the persons sharing the room are from the same household.
This applies to our U.K. workshops such as the seal photography weeks being led this year by Robin or trips further afield.
In the case of the seal photography weeks, we will be fully encouraging our guests to use their own transportation to & from the photography locations.
The NaturesLens Grey Seals of the Norfolk Coast photography workshops are amongst the first workshops that we will be running with a need for guide & guests to be socially distanced
On all our photography tours we will be asking the following
  • That participants maintain a 2m socially distanced gap from each other where possible.
  • That participants wear masks or face coverings at any indoor area made use of during the photography workshop or holiday.
  • That participants understand that we will conduct regular temperature checks for staff & participants.
  • That participants confirm, prior to the photography holiday commencing, that they have followed current government guidance, including self-isolating if they (or their contacts) have tested positive or suffer any symptoms.
  • That participants have necessary travel insurance in place in accordance with the regulations of the country in which the photography tour is taking place.
  • That participants have the necessary proof of negative COVID tests which have taken place in accordance with the regulations of the country in which the photography holiday is taking place.
  • That participants will follow the guidance & requests of our photography leaders regarding remaining socially distanced when requested to do so.
For transportation on our photography tours, we will be following the requirements & the regulations of the country in which the photography holiday is taking place. Currently, these vary massively by country however, some are easy to answer straight away.
For India, we have only ever had one person per row on the safari jeeps & this is how it will be in the future.
For our photography holiday in Costa Rica, we use a 20-seater bus, so our guides & five guests should find it easy to remain socially distanced.
Greece has some interesting regulations & requirements, which means we will have to make some changes, but we will address those nearer the time.
For all other trips, we will be closely following the social distancing requirements & regulations of the respective country.
We will be requesting that all hotels, & other locations that we make use of, where practical, have a published COVID-19 risk assessment & procedures policy which has been made available to us & is in accordance with the regulations of the country in which the photography holiday is taking place.

A report & a discount for the Bears of Finland

One of the male bears pauses in front of the photographic hides photographed during the Majestic Brown Bears Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday

For the 2019 season, we decided to improve our Bears of Finland photography tours by visiting not just one but two different centres. During this photography tour, our group travelled to Viiksimo to photograph adult bears, wolf & wolverine before moving on to Suomussalmi to photograph super cute bear cubs with their mothers.

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Our selection of wildlife photography holidays in Asia

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

Hokkaido is undoubtedly David’s star location of our wildlife photography holidays to various parts of Asia, but other parts of the continent are firm favourites of Pui Hang, & feature heavily in our nature photography tour portfolio, from the tigers & leopards in India, notably in the reserves of Bandhavgarh, Kanha & Bera; to the rich & varied wildlife of Sri Lanka.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is home to a vast number of species, our photography adventure enables you to spend a week in this amazing location, seeking photographic opportunities with almost 380 species, these species fly from distant places like Siberia & Central Asia specifically in winter. Migratory birds at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary include several species of Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks & Pipits.
The Bengal Tiger is a feature of both our photography adventures to Kanha National Park & Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, but the wildlife in these natural parks is so much wider than the Bengal Tiger, often including deer, birds, antelope & much more besides.
When you think of India, you instantly think of the tiger, but like Bharatpur, the Little Rann of Kutch is a delight for those wishing to capture images of birds & other lesser-known species, including the wild ass & desert fox. Our photography trip to Bharatpur also includes a pair of days at Blackbuck National Park; Blackbuck National Park also known as Velavadar National Park a beautiful sanctuary created for saving the Blackbucks.
Japan, what haven’t we said before about Hokkaido that can’t be said again – Japan & particularly Hokkaido is just amazing for photography in the winter, perfect for you if you want to capture images of the Steller’s & White-tailed Sea Eagles on snow, Red-crowned Cranes dancing together, Ural Owls huddled together in trees or the Whooper Swans on a frozen lake.
No photography trip to Japan in winter is complete without a visit to the Snow Monkeys – although we would be first to admit that you don’t need to spend too many days there, it would be crazy to miss out on the Japanese Macaques & their thermal pool.
Finally, Sri Lanka, this is a photography holiday that features so many species, our Sri Lankan Wildlife Photography Holiday includes boat trips to search for the elusive Indo-Pacific Humpbacked Dolphin & the massive super pods of Spinner Dolphins, Sperm Whales & possibly Orcas, Short Finned Pilot Whales, Risso Dolphins, Brydes Whale & other marine species. Wilpattu for Leopard & Sloth Bear, Yala for the leopards & other jungle wildlife. River cruises to see the Saltwater Crocodiles, nighttime spotting of sea turtles & the opportunity to photograph blue whales from the air.
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Best Value Wildlife Photography Holidays including Full-board & Drinks

One of the amazing Golden Eagles found at the mountain side hide photographed on the estate used for the NaturesLens Eagles of Extremadura Photography Holiday

For 2021, if you want a wildlife photography experience that has everything included, you’d do a lot worse than taking a look at the following trio of what we would call our best value wildlife photography holidays – all are in Spain, all are full-board with all meals included & wine & beer with the meals too. Two are for the summer while the middle one is for the Winter.

The tremendous Birdlife of Central Spain

The first nature photography trip is the 2021 visit to the tremendous Birdlife of Central Spain, for the wildlife of the estate of El Taray, 2019 saw some fantastic species photographed including the Stone Curlew, a superb Lesser Kestrel colony & some stunning Marsh Harriers – plus a lot more besides. We’ve written about the experience before & we previously published a number of blog posts relating to the 2019 visit as well

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Capture the Wildlife Highlights of Costa Rica

A Keel billed Toucan photographed during the NaturesLens Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday

We have posted details of a new nature photography trip for 2021 that anyone who fancies a trip to photograph the Wildlife Highlights of Costa Rica might want to take a closer look at – of course, this trip is covered by our booking promise – & if it cannot run in 2021, we would hope to run it in 2022 on the same terms & basis.

The trip is a condensed version of our well-regarded Wildlife of Costa Rica tour, we have scheduled this tour for March 2021, the difference is that it is of 11 nights duration as opposed to 15 – it includes the major highlights of the wildlife of Costa Rica, but also includes a brand new area that is not included on the extended tour.
Our invitation is for you to join Ian in Costa Rica for this nature photography tour which encompasses three different areas of this beautiful country.

VIEW DETAILS OF THE WILDLIFE HIGHLIGHTS OF COSTA RICA TOUR

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Sri Lanka – the Ultimate Island Safari

A Leopard asleep on rocks in Yala one of the many locations found on the NaturesLens Wildlife of Sri Lanka Photography Holiday

Allow us to share details of our new Ultimate Island Safari to Sri Lanka which we have scheduled for March 2023.

Sri Lanka is an island paradise lined with amazing golden sandy beaches & turquoise blue waters. The oceans are rich with life, & amazing coral reefs. The deeper waters are home to marine giants such as the Blue Whale, the largest animal to have ever lived. It is a country that boasts a rich natural heritage, with amazing wildlife & biodiversity & incredibly, for an island of its size can boast of iconic megafauna such as leopards, elephants & sloth bears. Sri Lanka is also regarded as a biodiversity hotspot teeming with endemic birds, reptiles, amphibians as well as plant species found nowhere else on earth.
Our Sri Lankan wildlife photography adventure is of 15 nights duration in order to see the best of what this incredible country has to offer, from safaris to Yala & Wilpattu for leopards & sloth bears; Udalwe for jungle cats & Asian elephants; boat trips to see the super pods of Spinner Dolphins & also pods of Sperm Whales, Orcas, Short Finned Pilot Whales, Pink Dolphins & other beautiful cetaceans. We’ve even arranged to take a floatplane out to sea to do aerial photography of blue whales!  And if this wasn’t enough, we will also spend one-night photographing sea turtles as they come ashore to lay their eggs.
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