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British Owl Photography in Evening light

Long Eared Owl peering out of a tree photographed during the NaturesLens British Owl Photography workshop

We are pleased to announce an intensive British Owl photography workshop on the evening prior to our main May Welsh Owls Photography Workshop, on 9th May 2015. It is our intention for this workshop to focus on an extended session with a beautiful Long Eared Owl, without doubt a stunning subject. The Long-eared Owl is a medium sized owl, it has erect blackish ear-tufts, which are positioned in the center of the head. The ear-tufts are used to make the owl appear larger to other owls while perched. Long Eared Owl sat in a bluebell wood photographed during the NaturesLens British Owl Photography workshop
[su_promotional_box promo_link_text=”Book Now” promo_link=”https://natureslens.co.uk/event/british-owl-photography-in-evening-light/” promo_content=”Reserve a place on the NaturesLens British Owl Photography in Evening Light Photography Workshop, with a deposit of only £50, your balance will be due April 2015.”] The 2 – 2½ hour workshop will begin with us photographing this charismatic owl on old farm posts & gates, for the next part of the workshop, we will relocate to some woodland & photograph our subject in it’s natural habitat, including hopefully the elusive peeking round the tree shot. The third location will be amongst some gorse which always makes for a great contrast. Our final location will be in a different area of woodland & upon completion at this point the Long Eared Owl will be fed, allowing for some great shots of the bird feeding, but you have to be quick! Continue reading

Blue Cypress Lake Osprey Photography Holiday

We have just posted the event page & details for an osprey photography holiday, ospreys are a favourite subject of ours, nesting, diving & skimming the lochs of the Scottish Highlands, they were one of the first subjects that both pushed our abilities & gave us an adrenalin rush, our latest tour ventures further afield than Scotland however; we are heading to Blue Cypress Lake in Florida, where there are between 200 & 300 osprey nests located in the cypress trees around the lake itself.

An Osprey soars above Blue Cypress Lake in Florida - the kind of photographic opportunity that is available on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

Spanning seven days, the NaturesLens Blue Cypress Lake Osprey Photography Holiday will include day & evening boat trips out on to the lake on most days, it also includes a day visit to the Viera Wetlands Centre a haven for birdlife & a day visit to an alligator farm with a large wading bird rookery – both offer great photographic opportunities. The timing of the trip is deliberate so that we can observe the parents bringing fish to their new offspring. We should be able to photograph Ospreys on their nests at eye level, diving for fish or gathering nest material. Continue reading

Gannet Photography Holiday for 2015

A pair of Northern Gannets - Gannet Photography Holiday - Gannet Photography WorkshopNaturesLens & Drew Buckley have recently been planning some new events for 2015, to that end, we are happy to announce that we have put assembled the details for a Gannet Photography Holiday to Southern Ireland to photograph the Gannet colony of the Saltee Islands; leaving from Pembroke Dock, the group of clients & a guide will travel to Ireland & then check into accommodation near Kilmore Quay. The next three days are spent on the Saltee Islands, amongst the gannet colony. All transportation is included, as is comfortable accommodation, & of course there are the boat trips to & from the islands. Continue reading

Dalmatian Pelicans Photography in Greece

We have just posted the event page & details for our Dalmatian Pelicans photography holiday, Lake Kerkini, situated in northern Greece, not far from the border with Bulgaria, is the setting for our Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday – in winter, Lake Kerkini, is the most important place in Europe for the globally threatened Dalmatian Pelican, additionally the lake is a noted haunt of the rare Spotted Eagle.

As of posting this event, only two places remain available, there has already been good interest in this event & places have been reserved.

One of the many Dalmatian Pelicans found on Lake Kerkini, here seen in winter plumage, photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini Photography Holiday
One of the many Dalmatian Pelicans found on Lake Kerkini, here seen in winter plumage, photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini Photography Holiday

In January, Lake Kerkini is also home to large numbers of Pygmy Cormorants & thousands of wintering Greater Flamingos.

Our main photographic target is the Dalmatian Pelican, from mid-January until end of March they are at their most attractive with full breeding plumage on show & vocal displays to impress the females. Continue reading

Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday

Puffin photographed on Skomer Island during a NaturesLens Puffin Photography Holiday

Following the success of our recent Skomer Residential Workshop that was held at the beginning of June, Drew Buckley & NaturesLens have been planning our followup events for 2015; to that end, NaturesLens are happy to announce an expanded Skomer Puffin Photography Holiday. The event in 2014 was two nights on the island but a number of people’s feedback suggested expanding it to three nights. This is something that we have been able to accommodate & as such, the event is better value than before. The cost for the trip is now £450, but this is for 3 nights on the island. As previously, the event includes accommodation, landing fees, breakfast & evening meals whilst on the island, plus all the photography opportunities that you could hope for, these encompass puffins, manx shearwater, rabbits, owls & much more. There are full details on the event page that we have just released. We are happy to announce that Drew Buckley will again be co-leading the Skomer Puffin Photography Holiday. Drew is local to the area & a font of knowledge on puffins & Skomer in general, plus, he has an easy going teaching style that fits perfectly with NaturesLens.

Puffin photographed on Skomer Island during a NaturesLens Puffin Photography Holiday

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British Mammals Photography Workshop

Fox and Pine Marten photographed during the NaturesLens British Mammals Photography workshop

If you fancy improving your nature photography skills or the opportunity to capture some amazing images of foxes, wildcats, otters, pine marten, polecat, harvest mice & many more, then join us on our British Mammals Photography workshop.

Polecat climbing down. Photographed at British Mammals Photography workshop run by NaturesLens

To make the most of this weekend of photography, we are adding an afternoon Birds of Prey photo shoot. This will take place on the Saturday afternoon, with the mammal photography starting on the Sunday morning. There is such a wide range of species to photograph at the centre that the only way to do it justice is to spend two & a half days there. Continue reading

Natureslens Facebook Group Launched

Wide-Angle Puffin overlooking The Wick on Skomer Island photographed on the NaturesLens Puffin Photography Holiday

Due to requests from a few participants of our recent photography workshops & holidays, we have set up a FaceBook Group for clients to post their photos into if they so wish, for the last few days, some people have been posting photos into there, predictably, puffins feature quite heavily at the moment!

You can view the group here – it is open to anyone that has been on our Birds of Prey Workshops, the Mid-Wales Owl & Raptor Spectacular, the Puffin Photography Holiday on Skomer Island, or any of our Scottish Trips from 2013.

There are some spectacular shots posted to the page already – such as this wonderful wide angle puffin, this shot was taken, by Nikki Humphrey, on our recent Puffin Photography Holiday on Skomer Island, which is located just off the coast of West Wales.

Wide-Angle Puffin overlooking The Wick on Skomer Island photographed on the NaturesLens Puffin Photography Holiday