2023 – Spring Birds of Lake Kerkini Photography Holiday

One Of The Squacco Herons Of Lake Kerkini Keeps A Wary Eye Out   Photographed During The NaturesLens Spring Birds Of Lake Kerkini Photography Holiday
Lake Kerkini, in northern Greece, is a location already familiar to both the guests & guides of NaturesLens. For the last 5 years, Lake Kerkini has been the venue for our incredibly popular Dalmatian Pelicans photography holidays. Our new 6-day long Spring Birds of Lake Kerkini photography holiday leverages all that we have learnt about the area but visits the location during late-Spring, when the bird-life is prolific & new-life is occurring both on the lake & in the surrounding environs. Our tour is based at the same hotel close to the lake that we make use of for the winter visits, so we already know that the food & accommodation will be great. Similar to our winter visits, the rare Dalmatian & the more common White Pelican are to be found on the lake, but for this tour, our focus shifts to the impressive selection of nesting waterbirds on the lake, & also those in the lake-side environment, including hoopoe, little owl, bee-eater & more.
The Spring Birds of Lake Kerkini photography holiday begins with the group assembling at Thessaloniki Airport. You will be collected by our hosts & transferred to our super lakeside hotel which is based on a working farm. Based just 500m from the lake, you will stay here for 5 nights. Our tour includes full-board accommodation & meals are served in a superb local taverna, with local specialities for every meal!
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Spring Birds & other wildlife of Lake Kerkini, in Greece, during the Spring Birds of Lake Kerkini photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 5 night/6 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1899  £1799 per participant.
Over the next 4 days, you will be in a prime location with the best facilities to fully explore & capture images within this wetland paradise. Each morning, before sunrise, you will head out to the lake on a boat, during this time you will capture images of the multitude of waterbirds that make their homes within the waterside vegetation. In other areas of the lake, drowned trees reach skywards forming perches for cormorants & other bird-life that are happy to watch you as you drift by.
For some of the afternoons we will see the group split into pairs. We will have had known locations for a number of species, including, hopefully, bee-eaters, hoopoe & little owl, although this may change according to species availability. The other afternoons will be spent on the boat until beyond sunset, hopefully capturing silhouette images of the birds against a suitably-coloured sky.
The Spring Birds of Lake Kerkini photography holiday suits keen photographers with a desire to experience the magnificent wildlife that this unique wetland has to offer; you will be able to capture editorial-quality images of a range of bird species that you will be proud to add to your portfolio. Places are highly limited to ensure the best experience for every guest, so book early to avoid disappointment.
This is a photography holiday designed & led by photographers for photographers; photography guidance provided by Pui Hang where needed.
Spaces are limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: bee-eater, bittern, black stork, buzzard, cattle egret, cormorant, dalmatian pelican, great crested grebe, great white egret, grey heron, hoopoe, lesser spotted eagle, little owl, night heron, roller, squacco heron, white pelican, white stork, white-tailed sea eagle
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A Nest Full Of Grey Heron Chicks   Photographed During The NaturesLens Spring Birds Of Lake Kerkini Photography Holiday

2023 – The Fantastic Birds of El Taray Photography Holiday

An Adult Lesser Kestrel On The Farm Building Rooftop With A Freshly Caught Insect   Photographed On The Estate Used For The NaturesLens Spanish Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday
NaturesLens is pleased to offer a new wildlife photography tour to wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional ability, join David in escaping to the diverse landscape of the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain to capture images of the Birds of El Taray. You will spend many hours from dawn to dusk making use of an amazing custom-built hide network within the estate of El Taray, which includes ground-level, floating, water-level & sunken hides to capture images of bearded reedling, warblers, collared pratincole, sandpipers, iberian yellow wagtailkentish ploverkingfisherlapwing, grebes of various type, moorhenpin-tailed sandgrouseshelduckspotless starling, the brilliant stone curlewwater rail & more; & of course, the lesser kestrel , plus a variety of other species that are indigenous to the region. Making use of an astonishing network of custom-built hides, which are spread throughout the property, you will be provided with the best bird photography moments possible, capturing birds in flight, within their habitats & interacting with one another.
As usual, our small group size ensures that you have excellent use of the hides, allowing you to capture dramatic images from the best angles, with photography guidance provided by David where needed.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of a truly immense selection of birds found on & around the estate of Laguna del Taray, in Spain, during the The Fantastic Birds of El Taray photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board with Drinks Included, Non-Shared basis & costs £2699 per participant.
A vast landscape, with a superb network of hides, the fantastic range of birdlife that co-exists within the estate of El Taray to be found in the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain, all contribute to an experience not to be missed. This photographic holiday is one which will add many species to your photographic portfolio. From the splendid Goshawks & Harriers to the diminutive lesser kestrels, all living side by side in the local ecosystem, which exists in this region. Castile-La Mancha is the region of Spain within which the action of the famous Spanish novel Don Quixote of Cervantes takes place; it is a symbol of the Spanish culture with sunflowers, windmills & El Quijote.
Our Spanish Birds of Toldeo photography holiday provides you with a week packed with hide sessions, where your photography will benefit from unparalleled access to locations; the hides are situated strategically within the landscape to provide the best opportunity to photograph a stunning range of bird species.
Additionally, you will have at least two hide sessions devoted to the photography of the lesser kestrel colony, from conceivably the best duo of lesser kestrel hides that we have ever seen!
One morning will see you undertake a photography session dedicated to the goshawk, assuming that the species remains present on the estate, & a during the afternoon a further session devoted to photography of the harriers, buzzards & kites.
Two sessions will be devoted to photography from floating hides, these sessions are a lot of fun & allow for unique photos of birds on the water to be captured, however, should this not be for you, we will adjust your itinerary so that this activity is replaced with a different, but equally exciting, hide experience.
In addition, there are hides for little owl, for wading birds where the hides are sunken into the ground, hides for endemic birds at a drinking pool, hides amongst reed beds for bearded reedlings, reed buntings & more – you will be able to make use of all of these during your 7 night Spanish birds photography holiday.
The estate of El Taray is found in the Province of Toledo & the Castile-La Mancha region, in the central part of the country, 100 km south of the capital Madrid.
The NaturesLens Spanish Birds of Toldeo photography holiday is a unique opportunity to photograph some of the estate’s varied & distinct birdlife, including various raptors, many of the indigenous Spanish species, plus of course the lesser kestrel colony &, hopefully, the Goshawk.
The beautiful landscape, filled as far as you can see with olive groves, offers keen wildlife photographers the ideal opportunity for capturing fabulous images of all the birdlife, but within the groves, particularly, we hope the little owl.
We provide full-board accommodation – with this being in the adjacent town of Villacanas – a light breakfast before heading to the hides, lunch during the break in the day & ending with a meal at one of the local bars or restaurants after the evening photography session. Everything is taken care of for you so that experiencing & photographing the species & their environment is all you need to consider.
This trip suits enthusiastic photographers with a passion to experience the magnificent birdlife that Toldeo has to offer; capturing editorial-quality images of a range of bird species to treasure for years to come. Places are minimal to ensure the best experience for every guest, so book early to avoid frustration.
One of the reasons that to date, NaturesLens had not featured the Goshawk on any Spanish photography holiday before this one was that all the locations that we found previously were “live-baited” … none of the species on the Spanish Birds of Toldeo photography holiday is live-baited; consequently, NaturesLens are now delighted to be able to offer Goshawk photography sessions to our clients.
Photographable Species: bearded reedling, bee-eater, black kite, blackbird, cetti's warbler, collared pratincole, common buzzard, common reed warbler, common sandpiper, crested lark, goshawk, great reed warbler, green sandpiper, hoopoe, iberian hare, iberian yellow wagtail, imperial eagle, jackdaw, kentish plover, kingfisher, lapwing, lesser kestrel, little grebe, little owl, magpie, marsh harrier, montagus harrier, moorhen, moustached warbler, nightingale, pallid harrier, pin-tailed sandgrouse, roller, savi's warbler, shelduck, spanish sparrow, spotless starling, starling, stone curlew, stonechat, tit, tits, tree sparrow, water rail, wild rabbit
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One Of Pair Of Goshawks That Are Found In The Area   Photographed On The Estate Used For The NaturesLens Spanish Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday

2023 – Dalmatian Pelicans of Greece Photography Holiday

A Dalmatian Pelican Reflected In The Waters Of Lake Kerkini   Photographed During The NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Of Greece Photography Holiday
PLEASE NOTE: We are now including the following on this tour, four morning boat trips in the northern half of the lake; these trips include opportunities for capturing images of the pelicans in flight, great action images, superb portfolio quality portrait images& amazing reflection shots. Four afternoon shoreline feeds from a trio of different locations in the lake’s southern half. Plus NEW FOR 2023, an additional afternoon boat trip in the south half of the lake capturing images of the birds in flight, the pelicans drifting & the pelicans on two separate islands.
NaturesLens offer keen wildlife photographers the chance to capture images of the impressive Dalmatian Pelican, you will be photographing the population of this species as they thrive in their picturesque natural habitat; Lake Kerkini in northern Greece.
We have designed an all-encompassing photography experience, ensuring that internal travel & comfortable accommodation is organised for you to ensure that you can focus on making the most of opportunities to capture editorial quality images. Our trips fill up quickly so ensure that you book early to avoid missing out!
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the charismatic Dalmatian Pelicans on Lake Kerkini, in Greece, during the Dalmatian Pelicans of Greece photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 5 night/6 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1399 per participant.
Since 2014, NaturesLens has been taking photographers to Lake Kerkini; in 2023, join Pui Hang, one of the co-founders of NaturesLens, for a unique wildlife experience, getting up close & personal with the beautiful prehistoric bird that is the Dalmatian Pelican; capturing them on camera within their natural habitat of beautiful Lake Kerkini in northern Greece. This trip encompasses four full days spent getting to know this unique landscape, offering extensive opportunities to photograph these incredible birds, as well as neighbouring wildlife such as the Pygmy Cormorant & the majestic Greater Flamingo.
The Dalmatian Pelican is, by a small margin, the largest of the Pelican species, as well as one of the largest living bird species on earth. These magnificent birds have been in decline in recent years, partly due to habitat destruction on the part of us humans, but thankfully the population at Kerkini has prevailed & still thrives within this perfect haven.
This trip is best suited to those of you with mid-level to advanced photography skills looking for a new challenge. We pride ourselves in offering something special to clients in comparison to other trip providers, so we have coordinated this itinerary to allow you to capture these magnificent birds at sunrise & sunset.
Highlights of the trip include four boat trips on to the lake on consecutive days, four shoreline feeds offering you the chance to get up close to these magnificent birds & witness their feeding behaviours, & accommodation in a nearby hotel as an oasis from the harsh winter conditions. All the details are taken care of for you so that you can relax & enjoy this unique wildlife photography adventure.
You will be on the lake before the sun comes up to see the Pelicans at first light, & after the morning’s activities, will break for a warming lunch as a much-needed break from the cold in a local taverna, discussing what the rest of the day will hold. As a group you will then embark on an afternoon of further exciting photography opportunities, remaining on the shoreline of the lake through to early evening to make the most of the changing light conditions. When the day comes to an end, you will return to the comfort of the hotel to freshen up, before heading to a local taverna to eat your freshly prepared evening meal & discuss your achievements from the day.
Pui Hang, one of our photography guides, will lead you throughout this photography tour, providing guidance & advice as needed & helping you develop your skills. They will help you shoot these birds in wide & close up shots; capturing them in movement while feeding & fighting for fish, interacting with each other or in flight with the impressive backdrop provided by the lake & surrounding snow-capped mountains.
Our group numbers are strictly limited to allow for the highest quality experience for everyone involved, & as this photography is seasonal, we can only offer this trip to a small number of lucky individuals each year. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: cormorant, dalmatian pelican, flamingo
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A Squadron Of Dalmatian Pelicans Floating On The Waters Of Lake Kerkini   Photographed During The NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Of Greece Photography Holiday

2024 – Atlantic Puffins of Shetland’s Fair-Isle Photography Holiday

Example of the type of image that you will have opportunities to capture during the NaturesLens Atlantic Puffins of Shetlands Fair isle Photography Holiday
NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional wildlife photographers to join Robin, our photography guide, on a 5 night adventure to Fair Isle, Shetland, exploring the remote wilderness of this far-north Scottish island; photographing it’s fascinating bird residents, including of course, the comical Puffins of Shetland.
The island offers stunning backdrops of craggy cliffs, crashing waves & windswept grasses, providing the perfect setting for truly mesmerising images to be captured. Spaces are restricted due to the nature of the trip & for the optimum enjoyment of each guest, so booking early is essential.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of comical Atlantic puffin, in United Kingdom, during the Atlantic Puffins of Shetland’s Fair-Isle photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 5 night/6 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1699 per participant.
Join NaturesLens on a journey to the remote region of Shetland in northern Scotland, to spend 5 night on Fair Isle to capture magnificent images of native wildlife & impressive landscapes. The focus species of this trip is the atlantic puffin, & you will have abundant opportunities to observe & photograph the puffins of Shetland as they thrive in their unspoilt island habitat.
Once home to Viking Warlords, the island of Fair Isle is now dominated by its wildlife population rather than its mere 70 inhabitants. This trip offers unrivalled access to an outstanding population of seabirds which live on the tiny island, & the isle’s status as an internationally renowned bird observatory gives an indication of the potential quality of wildlife opportunities. This trip is unique in that it is designed & led by photographers, for photographers, allowing us to work with you, ensuring that you obtain incredible images to treasure for years to come.
Fair Isle offers hugely varied conditions for photography, as the nature of fast-changing island weather means that in summer you could find yourself bathing in sunshine one moment, & shrouded in fog the next. Over the 5 nights, your images will benefit from varied lighting & weather conditions, with photography sessions covering dawn through to dusk. We have designed a flexible itinerary to allow photography of other native wildlife as well as landscape shots, giving photographers the chance to explore the island & make the trip their own.
Your NaturesLens guides will provide advice on composition, technique & species behaviour to enable you to achieve the best possible images, making the most of this rich & dramatic environment & the bustling activity of its residents. Fair Isle offers a unique opportunity to experience an environment truly ruled by the Puffins of Shetland, & group sizes must be kept small so book early to avoid missing out!
Photographable Species: arctic skua, atlantic puffin, fulmar, great skua
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Example Of The Type Of Image That You May Have Opportunities To Capture During The NaturesLens Atlantic Puffins Of Shetland Photography Holiday

2024 – Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

Stellars Sea Eagle in flight
NaturesLens invites you to spend this 14 night/15 day tour traveling throughout the wonderfully diverse landscapes of Japan, specifically Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido, getting up close to a wide range of native species that thrive in harsh winter conditions. Our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday, which we have been leading for the last 9 years, covers a variety of areas, providing you with unique opportunities to undertake wildlife photography of the highest quality.
Guided by David & Ian, you will visit Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido & gain an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife that 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 photography holiday.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the red-crowned cranes, Steller's sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & the Snow Monkeys, in Japan, during the Winter Wildlife of Japan photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 14 night/15 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £6999 per participant.
Join David & Ian to travel deep into stunning snow-covered landscapes, capturing beautiful images of wildlife which thrives during harsher seasons in Japan. Our group will travel throughout several different regions, including the mountainous area around Yudanaka in central Japan, & north of the mainland to the island of Hokkaido, giving you an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions.
Our trip offers enthusiastic wildlife photographers the opportunity to rise early for two dawn visits to the famous red-crowned crane roosting sites of the Tsurui region of Hokkaido; spend two days at the Akan red-crowned crane feeding centre; & spend two days observing the beautiful whooper swans which inhabit Lake Kussharo, a frozen caldera lake in the eastern region of Hokkaido.
Not only this, but our trip is unique in offering six boat trips on the drift ice of the Nemuro Strait to photograph Hokkaido’s fabulous Steller’s sea & white-tailed eagle populations as they fly, feed, dive for fish & fight over scraps. These excursions will give you unique access to the native wildlife at each location, providing ample opportunity to obtain incredible images.
Our tour begins in Tokyo; from there we immediately transfer to Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, which holds the most remote & only true wilderness in Japan. North of the island, the Shiretoko Peninsula is recognised for its world heritage site status, as the landscapes of dramatic coastline & soaring mountains are stunning, giving you the perfect backdrop to achieve editorial quality images of the wildlife inhabitants. As we travel across the island, you will have the opportunity to photograph a vast selection of Japanese Winter Wildlife, including red-crowned cranes, black-eared kites, whooper swans as well as white-tailed & Steller’s sea eagles as we cruise through drift ice environments which surround the island & across additional feeding sites on the Nemuro Peninsula to the east of the island.
We will then move onward to Yudanaka & spend two days at the Jigokudani snow monkey site with the Japanese Macaque, also known as the Snow Monkey, in the mountains, at their thermal spa, as they bathe & feed in the area. We give you the second day here so that you have the chance to fine-tune your photography having become more familiar with the environment & the behaviour of this species. After spending the morning with the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Yaen Koen, we will travel to Yamanakako. Our final location is on the shores of  Lake Yamanaka; the view of Mt. Fuji from the lake is breathtaking & has a distinctive shape – making for an iconic image to complete your Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday.
Japan is an extraordinary country, & our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday provides wildlife photographers with unrivaled opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful photographs.
In order to present the best photographic opportunities the majority of locations that we make use of throughout this photography holiday are rural or remote in nature, as such food is often based on seafood & is traditional Japanese in style – westernised menus are frequently not available – if you wish to discuss this further prior to booking please contact us.
Group size is limited to between 4 & 7 participants, this is due to the nature of the photography excursions & the type of hotel that we prefer to make use of, so booking early is essential.
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A Young Snow Monkey Peers Over The Edge Of The Thermal Pool   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday

2023 – Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini Photography Holiday

One Of Kerkini's Dalmatian Pelicans Drifts Serenely Across The Waters Of The Lake   Photographed During The NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Of Greece WIldlife Photograhpy Holiday
PLEASE NOTE: We are now including the following on this Pelicans of Lake Kerkini tour, four morning boat trips in the northern half of the lake; these trips include opportunities for capturing images of the pelicans in flight, great action images, superb portfolio quality portrait images& amazing reflection shots. Four afternoon shoreline feeds from a trio of different locations in the lake’s southern half. Plus NEW FOR 2023, an additional afternoon boat trip in the south half of the lake capturing images of the birds in flight, the pelicans drifting & the pelicans on two separate islands.
NaturesLens offer keen wildlife photographers the chance to encounter the impressive Dalmatian Pelican, photographing the population of this species as they thrive in their picturesque natural habitat; Lake Kerkini in northern Greece.
We have designed an all-encompassing photography experience, ensuring that internal travel & comfortable accommodation are organised for you to ensure that you can focus on making the most of opportunities to capture editorial quality images. Our trips fill up quickly, so ensure that you book early to avoid missing out!
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the charismatic Dalmatian Pelicans, in Greece, during the Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 5 night/6 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1399 per participant.
Since 2014, NaturesLens has been taking photographers to Lake Kerkini; in 2023, join Pui Hang, one of the co-founders of NaturesLens, for a unique wildlife experience, getting up close & personal with the beautiful prehistoric bird that is the Dalmatian Pelican; capturing them on camera within their natural habitat of beautiful Lake Kerkini in northern Greece. This 5 night trip encompasses four full days spent getting to know this unique landscape, offering extensive opportunities to photograph these incredible birds, as well as neighbouring wildlife such as the Pygmy Cormorant & the majestic Greater Flamingo.
The Dalmatian Pelican is, by a small margin, the largest of the Pelican species, as well as one of the largest living bird species on earth. These magnificent birds have been in decline in recent years, partly due to habitat destruction on the part of us humans, but thankfully the population at Kerkini has prevailed & still thrives within this perfect haven.
This trip is best suited to those of you with mid-level to advanced photography skills looking for a new challenge. We pride ourselves in offering something special to clients in comparison to other trip providers, so we have coordinated this itinerary to allow you to capture these magnificent birds at sunrise & sunset.
Highlights of the trip include daily boat trips on to the lake, daily shoreline feeds offering you the chance to get up close to the Dalmatian Pelicans & witness their feeding behaviours, & cosy accommodation in a nearby hotel as an oasis from the harsh winter conditions. All the details are taken care of for you so that you can relax & enjoy this unique wildlife photography adventure.

You will be on the lake before the sun comes up to see the Pelicans at first light, & after the morning’s activities, will break for a warming lunch as a much-needed break from the cold in a local taverna, discussing what the rest of the day will hold. As a group you will then embark on an afternoon of further exciting photography opportunities, remaining on the shoreline of the lake through to early evening to make the most of the changing light conditions. When the day comes to an end, you will return to the comfort of the hotel to freshen up, before heading to a local taverna to eat your freshly prepared evening meal & discuss your achievements from the day.

During this 5 night photography holiday, Pui Hang, one of our photography guides, will lead you throughout this photography tour, providing guidance & advice as needed & helping you develop your skills. Pui Hang will help you capture images of the Dalmatian Pelicans in both wide & close up shots; capturing them in movement while feeding & fighting for fish, interacting with each other or in flight with the impressive backdrop provided by the lake & surrounding snow-capped mountains.

Our group numbers are strictly limited to allow for the highest quality experience for everyone involved, & as this photography is seasonal, we can only offer this trip to a small number of lucky individuals each year. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: cormorant, dalmatian pelican, flamingo
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A Dalmatian Pelican Drifts Serenely Across The Waters Of Lake Kerkini   Photographed During The NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Of Greece WIldlife Photograhpy Holiday

2022 – Lammergeier & Golden Eagles of Spain Photography Holiday

One of the Lammergeier poses on a rocky outcrop captured at the locations used for the Natureslens Lammergeier Golden Eagle Photography Holiday
Join Drew for this five-day trip which will take place in the Catalonia region in north-east Spain & will focus on that region’s most emblematic species, the Bearded Vultures (Lammergeier) & Golden Eagle.
You will have the opportunity to photograph Lammergeiers feeding on the ground & in flight, with the spectacular mountains of the Pre-Pyrenees as your backdrop. The Lammergeier is a rare & magnificent bird that is in decline throughout most of its ancient European habitats. The 90 Lammergeier territories in the French & Spanish Pyrenees represents more than 75% of the total European population of this extraordinary bird.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Lammergeier & Golden Eagle, in Spain, during the Lammergeier & Golden Eagles of Spain photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 5 night/6 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £2199 per participant.
Using a series of hides, you will have the chance to photograph up to 20 different individuals, in their natural habitat.
In this magnificent location, the Lammergeiers are the kings of the mountain.
The hides have been designed by professional photographers to take advantage of the best light & the best backgrounds. They are located at a height of approximately 1400 m in the Pre-Pyrenees near Lleida in Catalonia. Large, one-way windows enable you to capture stunning images of the Bearded Vultures (Lammergeier) & other scavengers as they perch on the ground & in flight.
The hides can accommodate up to a maximum of three photographers. There is a chemical WC & a folding bed for those rare moments when nothing is going on. The windows can be opened from the inside & cleaned should it rain (although you should pull down the blind first in order not to scare the birds). There are also shelves & hangers for storing bags, lenses & other pieces of equipment.
Accommodation is provided in a rural hotel located just a short walking distance from the hides.
During these three days of intensive photography, it will be possible to photograph the eight different plumages presented by the Bearded Vulture & obtain images of more than 20 different individuals.
Join NaturesLens for a wildlife photography holiday you will never forget.
Places are limited, so book today!
Photographable Species: golden eagle, lammergeier
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One of the Lammergeier poses on a rocky outcrop on the mountainside captured at the locations used for the Natureslens Lammergeier Golden Eagle Photography Holiday

2022 – The Fantastic Birds of El Taray Photography Holiday

An Adult Lesser Kestrel On The Farm Building Rooftop With A Freshly Caught Insect   Photographed On The Estate Used For The NaturesLens Spanish Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday
NaturesLens is pleased to offer a new wildlife photography holiday to wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional ability, join David in escaping to the diverse landscape of the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain to capture images of the Birds of El Taray. You will spend many hours from dawn to dusk making use of an amazing custom-built hide network within the estate of El Taray, which includes ground-level, floating, water-level & sunken hides to capture images of bearded reedling, warblers, collared pratincole, sandpipers, iberian yellow wagtailkentish ploverkingfisherlapwing, grebes of various type, moorhenpin-tailed sandgrouseshelduckspotless starling, the brilliant stone curlewwater rail & more; & of course, the lesser kestrel , plus a variety of other species that are indigenous to the region. Making use of an astonishing network of custom-built hides, which are spread throughout the property, you will be provided with the best bird photography moments possible, capturing birds in flight, within their habitats & interacting with one another.
As usual, our small group size ensures that you have excellent use of the hides, allowing you to capture dramatic images from the best angles, with photography guidance provided by David where needed.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of a truly immense selection of birds found on & around the estate of Laguna del Taray, in Spain, during the The Fantastic Birds of El Taray photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board with Drinks Included, Non-Shared basis & costs £2699 per participant.
A vast landscape, with a superb network of hides, the fantastic range of birdlife that co-exists within the estate of El Taray to be found in the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain, all contribute to an experience not to be missed. This photographic holiday is one which will add many species to your photographic portfolio. From the splendid Goshawks & Harriers to the diminutive lesser kestrels, all living side by side in the local ecosystem, which exists in this region. Castile-La Mancha is the region of Spain within which the action of the famous Spanish novel Don Quixote of Cervantes takes place; it is a symbol of the Spanish culture with sunflowers, windmills & El Quijote.
Our Spanish Birds of Toldeo photography holiday provides you with a week packed with hide sessions, where your photography will benefit from unparalleled access to locations; the hides are situated strategically within the landscape to provide the best opportunity to photograph a stunning range of bird species.
Additionally, you will have at least two hide sessions devoted to the photography of the lesser kestrel colony, from conceivably the best duo of lesser kestrel hides that we have ever seen!
One morning will see you undertake a photography session dedicated to the goshawk, assuming that the species remains present on the estate, & a during the afternoon a further session devoted to photography of the harriers, buzzards & kites.
Two sessions will be devoted to photography from floating hides, these sessions are a lot of fun & allow for unique photos of birds on the water to be captured, however, should this not be for you, we will adjust your itinerary so that this activity is replaced with a different, but equally exciting, hide experience.
In addition, there are hides for little owl, for wading birds where the hides are sunken into the ground, hides for endemic birds at a drinking pool, hides amongst reed beds for bearded reedlings, reed buntings & more – you will be able to make use of all of these during your 7 night Spanish birds photography holiday.
The estate of El Taray is found in the Province of Toledo & the Castile-La Mancha region, in the central part of the country, 100 km south of the capital Madrid.
The NaturesLens Spanish Birds of Toldeo photography holiday is a unique opportunity to photograph some of the estate’s varied & distinct birdlife, including various raptors, many of the indigenous Spanish species, plus of course the lesser kestrel colony &, hopefully, the Goshawk.
The beautiful landscape, filled as far as you can see with olive groves, offers keen wildlife photographers the ideal opportunity for capturing fabulous images of all the birdlife, but within the groves, particularly, we hope the little owl.
We provide full-board accommodation – with this being in the adjacent town of Villacanas – a light breakfast before heading to the hides, lunch during the break in the day & ending with a meal at one of the local bars or restaurants after the evening photography session. Everything is taken care of for you so that experiencing & photographing the species & their environment is all you need to consider.
This trip suits enthusiastic photographers with a passion to experience the magnificent birdlife that Toldeo has to offer; capturing editorial-quality images of a range of bird species to treasure for years to come. Places are minimal to ensure the best experience for every guest, so book early to avoid frustration.
One of the reasons that to date, NaturesLens had not featured the Goshawk on any Spanish photography holiday before this one was that all the locations that we found previously were “live-baited” … none of the species on the Spanish Birds of Toldeo photography holiday is live-baited; consequently, NaturesLens are now delighted to be able to offer Goshawk photography sessions to our clients.
Photographable Species: bearded reedling, bee-eater, black kite, blackbird, cetti's warbler, collared pratincole, common buzzard, common reed warbler, common sandpiper, crested lark, goshawk, great reed warbler, green sandpiper, hoopoe, iberian hare, iberian yellow wagtail, imperial eagle, jackdaw, kentish plover, kingfisher, lapwing, lesser kestrel, little grebe, little owl, magpie, marsh harrier, montagus harrier, moorhen, moustached warbler, nightingale, pallid harrier, pin-tailed sandgrouse, roller, savi's warbler, shelduck, spanish sparrow, spotless starling, starling, stone curlew, stonechat, tit, tits, tree sparrow, water rail, wild rabbit
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One Of Pair Of Goshawks That Are Found In The Area   Photographed On The Estate Used For The NaturesLens Spanish Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday
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