2018 – Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

NaturesLens invites you to spend 13 nights travelling throughout the wonderfully diverse landscapes of Japan, getting up close to a wide range of native species which thrive in harsh winter conditions. This trip covers a variety of areas, providing you with unparalleled opportunities to undertake wildlife photography of the highest quality.
Visit Hokkaido & Honshu & 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 varied winter wildlife, in Japan, during the Winter Wildlife of Japan past event. This past event is of 13 night/14 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £5499 per participant.
Join NaturesLens 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 chance 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. These excursions will give you unrivalled access to the native wildlife at each location, providing ample opportunity to obtain incredible images.
Our trip 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. 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. We give you a 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 sizes are limited due to the nature of the photography excursions & the type of hotel that we prefer to make use of, so booking early is essential.
Photographable Species: blakiston's fish owl, red-crowned crane, snow monkey, steller's sea eagle, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swan

Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday Itinerary

To be confirmed

Day 1 - overnight flight

Travel from UK to Tokyo

Day 2 - overnight Hokkaido

arrival in Hokkaido, Red Crowned Crane photography

Day 3 - overnight Hokkaido

Red Crowned Crane photography

Day 4 - overnight Hokkaido

Red Crowned Crane photography, travel to Lake Mashu

Day 5 - overnight Hokkaido

Whooper Swan photography at Lake Kussharo

Day 6 - overnight Hokkaido

Whooper Swan photography at Lake Kussharo, travel to Rausu

Day 7 - overnight Hokkaido

6am & 9am Eagles Boat Trip

Day 8 - overnight Hokkaido

6am & 9am Eagles Boat Trip

Day 9 - overnight Hokkaido

6am & 9am Eagles Boat Trip, travel to Notsuke

Day 10 - overnight Tokyo

Eagle photography, travel to Tokyo

Day 11 - overnight Yudanaka

travel to Yudanaka

Day 12 - overnight Yudanaka

Snow Monkey photography

Day 13 - overnight Tokyo

Half day Snow Monkey photography

Day 14 - Travel to UK

2020 – Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday

Example of the type of image that you may have opportunities to capture during the NaturesLens Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday

Southern Alaska boasts some of the most beautiful & dramatic scenery to be found in all of North America; home to diverse wildlife species, both predator & prey, who thrive in its harsh climates & varied habitats. NaturesLens invites mid-level & experienced wildlife photographers to join David for photography challenge which involves navigating the waterside territory surrounding Haines, southern Alaska, to track & photograph the impressive bald eagle as it soars & settles within its beautiful natural habitat.

David has chosen these locations carefully to give you the best possible eagle photography experience, as the Chilkat Valley is home to more than 3000 eagles as they feed on the abundant supply of spawning chum salmon. Over the course of this tour, you will have the opportunity to photograph eagles in flight & “in the environment”, giving you the chance to capture both wide-angle images & up-close shots. Group size is limited, book your place today!

Join NaturesLens to capture images of spectacle of the Bald Eagles at their Council Grounds, in United States, during the Bald Eagles of Alaska photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3999 per participant.

Join NaturesLens on an exciting photography experience, based in the heart of Alaska’s mountainous south, capturing stunning images of the bald eagle to add to your portfolio. The eagle is the national bird of the USA for a reason; they are strong, majestic & impressive. The ultimate predator of the sky, making them the perfect subject for adventurous wildlife photographers. Paired with dramatic snow-covered landscapes, there is no other setting & subject pairing for photography quite like this.

Throughout the trip, you will have abundant opportunities to capture images of bald eagles perched in the trees, diving & fighting for fish, or soaring overhead as they scour the ground below for their next meal. David will lead you to the optimum positions from which to capture both close up shots, highlighting their beady eyes & dramatic features, & wide-angle shots which take in eagles alongside other bird species within the outstanding landscape which surrounds them.

The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve was created by the State of Alaska in June of 1982. The preserve was established to protect & perpetuate the world’s largest concentration of Bald Eagles & their critical habitat. It also sustains & protects the natural salmon runs & allows for traditional uses; provided such uses do not adversely affect preserve resources. The boundaries were designated to include only areas important to eagle habitation. Virtually every portion of the preserve is used by eagles at some time during the year.

The schedule for this trip has been designed to allow you to make the most of the photography opportunities available in the area. This includes six days of photography sessions specifically targeting bald eagles in the Chilkat Valley, with guidance available to help you tailor your technique to obtain the best images within a challenging environment. The eagles flock to this valley because an upwelling of warm water prevents the Chilkat, Klehini & Tsirku rivers from freezing, which encourages a salmon run this late in the year. The sight of hundreds of birds perched in tress which line the river waiting for their chance to catch fish is remarkable.

There may be opportunities for some Astro or Aurora photography, however, these are dependent on clear conditions & aurora activity, but there is the chance that you will be lucky enough to witness this true natural wonder unique to remote areas of the northern hemisphere. Group size is strictly limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Photographable Species: bald eagle, elk, moose

Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - overnight juneau

travel from uk to juneau, arrival in juneau & overnight

day 2 - overnight haines

early ferry to haines (4.5 hours), transfer to hotel followed by an afternoon of bald eagle photography

day 3 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 4 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 5 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 6 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 7 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 8 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 9 - overnight juneau

morning of bald eagle photography & ferry transfer back to juneau

day 10 - travel to uk

A Congregation Of Bald Eagles Photographed Within The Conservation Area Outside Of Haines   Photographed During The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday