2018 – Dalmatian Pelicans of Greece Photography Holiday

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 Greece past event. This past event is of 5 night/6 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1149 per participant.
Join 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 4 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 unspoiled 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 on 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 4 boat trips on to the lake on consecutive days, 4 shoreline feeds offering you the chance to get up close to these magnificent birds & 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.
We will be up & at the lake before the sun comes up to see the Pelicans at first light, & after the morning’s activities we will break for a warming lunch as a much needed break from the cold, discussing what the rest of the day will hold. We 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, we will all return to the comfort of our hotel to relax in front of a roaring fire, freshen up & discuss your achievements from the day.
Our photography guides will lead you through, providing tuition as needed & helping you develop your skills. They will help you shoot these birds in wide & close up shots; capturing them in movement whilst 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

Dalmatian Pelicans of Greece Photography Holiday Itinerary

To be confirmed

Day 1 - overnight Lake Kerkini

Travel from UK to Thessaloniki, arrival in Thessaloniki & overnight

Day 2 - overnight Lake Kerkini

Dalmatian Pelican photography by boat in the morning & on the shoreline of Lake Kerkini in the afternoon

Day 3 - overnight Lake Kerkini

Dalmatian Pelican photography by boat in the morning & on the shoreline of Lake Kerkini in the afternoon

Day 4 - overnight Lake Kerkini

Dalmatian Pelican photography by boat in the morning & on the shoreline of Lake Kerkini in the afternoon

Day 5 - overnight Lake Kerkini

Dalmatian Pelican photography by boat in the morning & on the shoreline of Lake Kerkini in the afternoon

Day 6 - Travel to UK

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2019 – 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-day adventure to Fair Isle, Shetland, exploring the remote wilderness of this far-north Scottish island; photographing its fascinating bird residents.
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 the 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 £1099 per participant.
Join NaturesLens on a journey to the remote region of Shetland in northern Scotland, to spend 5 days 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 these adorable birds 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 days 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 its winged inhabitants, & group sizes must be kept small so book early to avoid missing out!
Photographable Species: arctic skua, atlantic puffin, fulmar, great skua

Atlantic Puffins of Shetland’s Fair-Isle Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - saturday - 13th july, 2019

transfer from sumburgh to fair isle, afternoon & evening photography on fair isle

day 2 - sunday - 14th july, 2019

full-day photography on fair isle

day 3 - monday - 15th july, 2019

full-day photography on fair isle

day 4 - tuesday - 16th july, 2019

full-day photography on fair isle

day 5 - wednesday - 17th july, 2019

full-day photography on fair isle

day 6 - thursday - 18th july, 2019

transfer from fair isle to sumburgh

Example Of The Type Of Image That You May Have Opportunities To Capture During The NaturesLens Atlantic Puffins Of Shetland Photography Holiday

2018 – 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 on a five-day adventure to Fair Isle, Shetland, exploring the remote wilderness of this far-north Scottish island; photographing its fascinating bird residents.
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 the population of Atlantic puffins, in United Kingdom, during the Puffins of Shetland’s Fair-Isle past event. This past event is of 5 night/6 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £999 per participant.
Join Robin on a journey to the remote region of Shetland in northern Scotland, to spend 5 days 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 these adorable birds 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 days 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.
Robin, our NaturesLens guide 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 its winged inhabitants, & group sizes must be kept small so book early to avoid missing out!
Photographable Species: arctic skua, atlantic puffin, fulmar, great skua

Puffins of Shetland’s Fair-Isle Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - saturday - 13th july, 2018

transfer from sumburgh to fair isle, afternoon & evening photography on fair isle

day 2 - sunday - 14th july, 2018

full-day photography on fair isle

day 3 - monday - 15th july, 2018

full-day photography on fair isle

day 4 - tuesday - 16th july, 2018

full-day photography on fair isle

day 5 - wednesday - 17th july, 2018

full-day photography on fair isle

day 6 - thursday - 18th july, 2018

transfer from fair isle to sumburgh

2019 – Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday

An Atlantic Puffin With A Beak Full Of Sand Eels   Photographed During The NaturesLens Atlantic Puffins Of Skomer Island Photography Holiday
Join Ian & Robin on wild Skomer, photographing the ‘clowns of the sea’; puffins, as they thrive within their unspoilt island habitat. We offer amateur & semi-professional photographers the chance to stay overnight on the island, spending mornings, afternoons & evenings within the landscape, making the most of the scenic backdrop & varied light conditions that the island offers.
During this trip of 4 nights duration, you will be led by Ian & Robin, navigating the island & using prime viewpoints to capture stunning imagery to add to your portfolio.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the comical Atlantic puffin, in United Kingdom, during the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 4 night/5 day duration on a Half Board, Shared basis & costs £699 per participant.
For the past 6 years, NaturesLens has been taking photographers to Skomer Island; in 2019, join Ian & Robin on a remote wildlife adventure, getting up close to puffins on the unspoilt island of Skomer, where their population thrives. These special birds are considered by many to be a national treasure. Their behaviour & characteristics are hugely exciting to photograph, such as their short wings that they use to dip & dive underwater, ‘flying’ to catch fish. The large population of puffins has been able to flourish here thanks to minimal disruption of the island environment by humans, as well as the lack of threat from native predators.
We have refined this trip to give individuals the best possible exposure to these island birds, spending hours navigating the few paths which exist on Skomer to capture impressive images of the puffins surrounded by dramatic cliffs & crashing waves. Staying overnight gives you the opportunity to photograph these birds in a wide variety of lighting conditions, & your photography will also benefit from the calm that falls when the day-trippers leave the island. This unrivalled access to the island environment provides opportunities to experiment with light & be more creative with your photography, as well as witness late night visits from Manx Shearwaters.
The island environment & surrounding coastline are home to a wide range of species other than puffins, including razorbills, guillemots; who make their home in the cliffs & headlands which border the island. These contrast with the more sheltered inlets that border the island, which is home to seals & other mammal populations. You will have extensive opportunities to witness these additional species within their rugged & unspoilt island home, whilst maintaining the puffins as the focus of photography excursions.
We have taken care to make things as simple for you as possible to ensure you enjoy the trip. Therefore we organise the boat to & from the island, plus breakfast & dinner are provided. This trip gives individuals the chance to experience ‘off the grid’ living; to really escape, relax, & become immersed in this unique & remote environment.
Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: atlantic puffin, little owl, short-eared owl

Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - sunday - 23rd june, 2019

transfer to skomer island, afternoon & evening photography on skomer island

day 2 - monday - 24th june, 2019

full-day photography on skomer island

day 3 - tuesday - 25th june, 2019

full-day photography on skomer island

day 4 - wednesday - 26th june, 2019

full-day photography on skomer island

day 5 - thursday - 27th june, 2019

transfer to mainland

An Atlantic Puffin Emerges From The Darkness   Photographed During The NaturesLens Atlantic Puffins Of Skomer Island Photography Holiday

2018 – Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday

Example of the type of image that you will have the opportunities to capture during the NaturesLens Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Island WIldlife Photograhpy Holiday
Join Robin on wild Skomer, photographing the ‘clowns of the sea’; puffins, as they thrive within their unspoilt island habitat. We offer amateur & semi-professional photographers the chance to stay overnight on the island, spending mornings, afternoons & evenings within the landscape, making the most of the scenic backdrop & varied light conditions that the island offers.
During this trip of 4 nights duration you will be led by NaturesLens guides, navigating the island & using prime viewpoints to capture stunning imagery to add to your portfolio.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the large population of Atlantic puffins, in United Kingdom, during the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer past event. This past event is of 4 night/5 day duration on a Half Board, Shared basis & costs £665 per participant.
Join Robin, our photography guides, on a remote wildlife adventure, getting up close to puffins on the unspoilt island of Skomer, where their population thrives. These special birds are considered by many to be a national treasure. Their behaviour & characteristics are hugely exciting to photograph, such as their short wings that they use to dip & dive underwater, ‘flying’ to catch fish. The large population of puffins has been able to flourish here thanks to minimal disruption of the island environment by humans, as well as the lack of threat from native predators.
We have designed this trip to give individuals the best possible exposure to these island birds, spending hours navigating the few paths which exist on Skomer to capture impressive images of the puffins surrounded by dramatic cliffs & crashing waves. Staying overnight gives you the opportunity to photograph these birds in a wide variety of lighting conditions, & your photography will also benefit from the calm that falls when the day-trippers leave the island. This unrivalled access to the island environment provides opportunities to experiment with light & be more creative with your photography, as well as witness late night visits from Manx Shearwaters.
The island environment & surrounding coastline are home to a wide range of species other than puffins, including razorbills, guillemots; who make their home in the cliffs & headlands which border the island. These contrast with the more sheltered inlets that border the island, which are home to seals & other mammal populations. You will have extensive opportunities to witness these additional species within their rugged & unspoilt island home, whilst maintaining the puffins as the focus of photography excursions.
We have taken care to make things as simple for you as possible to ensure you enjoy the trip. Therefore we organise the boat to & from the island, plus breakfast & dinner are provided. This trip gives individuals the chance to experience ‘off the grid’ living; to really escape, relax, & become immersed within this unique & remote environment.
Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: atlantic puffin, little owl, short-eared owl

Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday Itinerary

To be confirmed

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2020 – Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday

An Atlantic Puffin With A Beak Full Of Sand Eels   Photographed During The NaturesLens Atlantic Puffins Of Skomer Island Photography Holiday
Join Ian on wild Skomer, photographing the ‘clowns of the sea’; puffins, as they thrive within their unspoilt island habitat. We offer amateur & semi-professional photographers the chance to stay overnight on the island, spending mornings, afternoons & evenings within the landscape, making the most of the scenic backdrop & varied light conditions that the island offers.
During this trip of 4 nights duration, you will be led by Ian, navigating the island & using prime viewpoints to capture stunning imagery to add to your portfolio.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of comical Atlantic puffin, in United Kingdom, during the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 4 night/5 day duration on a Half Board, Shared basis & costs £699 per participant.
For the past 6 years, NaturesLens has been taking photographers to Skomer Island; in 2019, join Ian on a remote wildlife adventure, getting up close to puffins on the unspoilt island of Skomer, where their population thrives. These special birds are considered by many to be a national treasure. Their behaviour & characteristics are hugely exciting to photograph, such as their short wings that they use to dip & dive underwater, ‘flying’ to catch fish. The large population of puffins has been able to flourish here thanks to minimal disruption of the island environment by humans, as well as the lack of threat from native predators.
We have refined this trip to give individuals the best possible exposure to these island birds, spending hours navigating the few paths which exist on Skomer to capture impressive images of the puffins surrounded by dramatic cliffs & crashing waves. Staying overnight gives you the opportunity to photograph these birds in a wide variety of lighting conditions, & your photography will also benefit from the calm that falls when the day-trippers leave the island. This unrivalled access to the island environment provides opportunities to experiment with light & be more creative with your photography, as well as witness late night visits from Manx Shearwaters.
The island environment & surrounding coastline are home to a wide range of species other than puffins, including razorbills, guillemots; who make their home in the cliffs & headlands which border the island. These contrast with the more sheltered inlets that border the island, which is home to seals & other mammal populations. You will have extensive opportunities to witness these additional species within their rugged & unspoilt island home, whilst maintaining the puffins as the focus of photography excursions.
We have taken care to make things as simple for you as possible to ensure you enjoy the trip. Therefore we organise the boat to & from the island, plus breakfast & dinner are provided. This trip gives individuals the chance to experience ‘off the grid’ living; to really escape, relax, & become immersed in this unique & remote environment.
Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: atlantic puffin, little owl, short-eared owl

Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - sunday - 21st june, 2020

transfer to skomer island, afternoon & evening photography on skomer island

day 2 - monday - 22nd june, 2020

full-day photography on skomer island

day 3 - tuesday - 23rd june, 2020

full-day photography on skomer island

day 4 - wednesday - 24th june, 2020

full-day photography on skomer island

day 5 - thursday - 25th june, 2020

transfer to mainland

An Atlantic Puffin Emerges From The Darkness   Photographed During The NaturesLens Atlantic Puffins Of Skomer Island Photography Holiday

2020 – Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

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NaturesLens invites you to spend this 13 night/14 day tour travelling throughout the wonderfully diverse landscapes of Japan, specifically Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido, getting up close to a wide range of native species which thrive in harsh winter conditions. Our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday, which we have been leading for the last 6 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 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 photography holiday.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, in Japan, during the Winter Wildlife of Japan photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 13 night/14 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £5749 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 Lake Yamanaka.
Lake Yamanaka is a new location for 2020, & now the last stop on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday is Lake Yamanaka; Lake Yamanaka is located in the village of Yamanakako in Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan. Lake Yamanaka is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area, & is the highest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of elevation. Due to its high altitude & its relatively shallow water depth, Lake Yamanaka often freezes completely in the winter.
The view of Mt. Fuji across Lake Yamanaka is breathtaking with the mountain forming its distinctive shape – all making for an iconic image. From mid-October to February, a beautiful phenomenon called Diamond Fuji occurs when the rising or setting sun aligns with the peak of Mt. Fuji, causing Mt. Fuji to shine bright like a diamond, hence its name. Winter is actually the best season to see Mt. Fuji from this location as the weather conditions are more stable & the mountain is covered with snow.
Japan is an extraordinary country, & our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday provides wildlife photographers with unrivalled opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful photographs.
Group size is limited to between 4 & 5 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.

Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - saturday - 8th february, 2020

flight to tokyo from home location

day 2 - sunday - 9th february, 2020

meet at haneda domestic terminal & transfer to hokkaido

day 3 - monday - 10th february, 2020

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, full-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri

day 4 - tuesday - 11th february, 2020

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, half-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri & transfer to kussharo

day 5 - wednesday - 12th february, 2020

full-day photography of whooper swans

day 6 - thursday - 13th february, 2020

half-day photography of whooper swans & transfer to rausu

day 7 - friday - 14th february, 2020

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke penninsula

day 8 - saturday - 15th february, 2020

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke penninsula

day 9 - sunday - 16th february, 2020

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, transfer to notsuke penninsula

day 10 - monday - 17th february, 2020

early morning location shoot for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles plus foxes & black-eared kites, late morning or afternoon cruise for eagles & sea-birds on the nemuro coast

day 11 - tuesday - 18th february, 2020

early morning location shoot for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles plus foxes & black-eared kites, afternoon transfer to tokyo

day 12 - wednesday - 19th february, 2020

drive from haneda to yudanaka

day 13 - thursday - 20th february, 2020

snow monkey photography

day 14 - friday - 21st february, 2020

½ day of snow monkey photography & transfer to yamanakako - sunset at yamanakako lake looking towards mount fuji

day 15 - saturday - 22nd february, 2020

sunrise at yamanakako lake looking towards mount fuji, ½ day of swan photography alongside the lake & return to haneda - trip concludes

A Young Snow Monkey Peers Over The Edge Of The Thermal Pool   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday

2019 – Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

One of the Young Snow Monkeys of the Jigokudani Valley Photographed During the Natureslens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

NaturesLens invites you to spend 11 night/12 day travelling throughout the wonderfully diverse landscapes of Japan, specifically Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido, getting up close to a wide range of native species which thrive in harsh winter conditions. The NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday, which we have been leading for the last 6 years, covers a variety of areas, providing you with unrivalled opportunities to undertake wildlife photography of the highest quality.

Accompanied by David & Ian, 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 Holiday are always without parallel – with opportunities to photograph a variety of species including the red-crowned crane, snow monkey, Steller’s sea eagle, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swan, plus more.

Join NaturesLens to capture images of the red-crowned crane, snow monkey, Steller's sea eagle, white-tailed sea eagle & whooper swans, in Japan, during the Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 11 night/12 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £5499 per participant.

Join David & Ian of NaturesLens to travel deep into stunning snow-covered landscapes, capturing beautiful images of wildlife which thrives during harsher seasons in Japan. You 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.

This 11 night/12 day trip offers enthusiastic wildlife photographers the opportunity to rise early for 2 dawn visits to the famous red-crowned crane roosting site; spend 2 days at the Akan red-crowned crane feeding centre; & spend 2 days observing the beautiful whooper swans which inhabit Lake Kussharo.

Not only this, but our trip is unique in offering 6 boat trips on the drift ice of the Nemuro Strait to photograph the Steller’s sea & white-tailed eagle populations as they fly, feed, dive for fish & fight over scraps. These excursions will give you unrivalled access to the native wildlife at each location, providing ample opportunity to obtain incredible images.

Our tour begins in Tokyo; from there we transfer to Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, which holds the most remote & only true wilderness in Japan. Hokkaido is undoubtedly the star location during our Japanese winter wildlife photography holidays, the 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 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 2 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. Our itinerary is designed to 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.

Japan is an extraordinary country, providing wildlife photographers with unrivalled opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful photographs.

Group size for the Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday is limited to 4 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.

Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - sunday - 10th february, 2019

arrive tokyo haneda airport & transfer to hokkaido

day 2 - monday - 11th february, 2019

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, full-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri

day 3 - tuesday - 12th february, 2019

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, half-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri & transfer to kussharo

day 4 - wednesday - 13th february, 2019

full-day photography of whooper swans

day 5 - thursday - 14th february, 2019

half-day photography of whooper swans & transfer to rausu

day 6 - friday - 15th february, 2019

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke peninsula

day 7 - saturday - 16th february, 2019

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke penninsula

day 8 - sunday - 17th february, 2019

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, transfer to notsuke penninsula

day 9 - monday - 18th february, 2019

early morning location shoot for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles plus foxes & black-eared kites, afternoon transfer to tokyo

day 10 - tuesday - 19th february, 2019

transfer to yudanaka for snow monkey photography

day 11 - wednesday - 20th february, 2019

full-day photography of snow monkeys

day 12 - thursday - 21st february, 2019

half-day photography of snow monkeys or matsumoto castle, afternoon transfer to tokyo haneda airport

A Trio Of Japanese Cranes In The Mist Rising Off The River At Their Roosting Site   Photographed During The NaturesLens Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday