2021 – Wildlife Highlights of Costa Rica Photography Holiday

The iconic frog of the rainforest the Red Eye Tree Frog photographed during the Costa Rican Wildlife photography holiday
A more condensed tour than our regular offering to Costa Rica, our Wildlife Highlights of Costa Rica photography holiday has been designed to give you an opportunity to photgraph the iconic species & additionally include a new area not covered on our usual tour.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Wildlife Highlights of Costa Rica, in Costa Rica, during the Wildlife Highlights of Costa Rica photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 11 night/12 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3249  £2999 per participant.
Upon arrival into San Jose International Airport, you will be transferred to a local hotel for an overnight stay, before a drive to Tortuguero the following morning. The afternoon & the entire next day will be spent exploring Tortuguero National Park. This national park is made up of a system of canals, rivers, lagoons, beaches, & dense rainforest. Tortuguero National Park is one of the rainiest parts of Costa Rica, which contributes to its rich biodiversity.
There are no roads in Tortuguero, so all the activities will be taken by boat along the jungle canals; a wide variety of birds can be seen within a small area. Hawks, falcons, sunbitterns, gulls, cuckoos, owls, & nighthawks are just some of the bird species that can be found within the park.
The following morning, you will transfer to Sarapiqui, with the afternoon spent capturing images of the birds that visit the lodge & a briefing on the activities of the following days. The next two days will be spent photographing the various frogs, snakes & hummingbirds that our local guides will locate for us in the Sarapiqui area, these will include the collared aracari, multiple types of hummingbird, the keel-billed toucan, various types of frog including glass frogs & the red-eyed tree frog plus much more. The third day will include use of another photography deck & a boat tour of the Sarapiqui River.
The final day of your stay in Sarapiqui will see the group visiting a location which generally produces excellent images of the Northern Emerald-toucanet there are often multiple toucanets at this location.
Leaving Sarapiqui, you will head towards the Nicaraguan border where you will stay for three nights; during the following days, you will visit locations for photography of the various Tanagers, Dacnises, Honeycreepers & Seedeaters that are found in the area, plus king vulture & hummingbird. Additionally, you will take a boat tour on the San Carlos river & visit the Reserva Maquenque.
On your last day, you will travel back to Juan Santamaría International Airport for your late afternoon flight home.

Please note that if you are a travelling couple or a pair of friends who will book at the same time & share a twin room, you can book places on this tour for £2549 per participant!

All images used on this page have been taken by recent participants on our tours to Costa Rica – they are representative of the photographic opportunities that are made available to our guests.

Photographable Species: aracari, glass frog, hummingbird, king vulture, red-eyed tree frog, toucan

Wildlife Highlights of Costa Rica Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

arrive in san jose - transfer to hotel in san jose - overnight san jose

day 2

transfer to tortuguero - afternoon boat tour of the jungle canals - overnight tortuguero

day 3

morning & afternoon boat tours of the jungle canals - overnight tortuguero

day 4

transfer to sarapiqui - afternoon photography of birds from photography deck - overnight sarapiqui

day 5

full-day frog & snake photography - overnight sarapiqui

day 6

hummingbird & other bird photography - overnight sarapiqui

day 7

sarapiqui river tour - afternoon photography of birds from photography deck - overnight sarapiqui

day 8

emerald toucanet photography - overnight sarapiqui

day 9

transfer to boca topada - evening bat photography - overnight boca topada

day 10

tanager, dacnise, honeycreeper & seedeater photography followed by king vulture photography - overnight boca topada

day 11

san carlos river tour - afternoon photography at reserva maquenque - overnight boca topada

day 12

return to san jose and flight home

2022 – Pumas of Patagonia Photography Holiday

A female puma with cub photographed in the Torres del Paine National Park the location for the NAturesLens Pumas of Patagonia Photography Holiday
Join David & Pui Hang on a holiday which includes seven full days of Puma tracking & spotting of the Pumas of Patagonia; we will use full days in the Torres del Paine National Park to really maximise our chances of not just encounters, but special ones too. We will be doing this in vehicles & sometimes on foot, in different parts of the area but utilising the services of our trackers who work with pumas throughout the year, so our chances are good. Once we have discovered an individual or family, it will be possible to return to them on an on-going basis.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Pumas of Patagonia, in Chile, during the Pumas of Patagonia photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 10 night/11 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £8499  £7499 per participant.
NaturesLens invites wildlife photography enthusiasts on a tour to Patagonia; Patagonia is one of the world’s top wildlife destinations to experience real wildness & also some dramatic wildlife photography. Located between rich subpolar forests & the vast Patagonian steppes, the backbone of the park is the Paine mountain range, with the famous & much-photographed Cuernos (horns) del Paine as its centrepiece. This 2,100 m massive granite formation rises abruptly over the surrounding plains, providing a unique & extremely photogenic backdrop.
Our primary focus on this holiday is very much on the resident puma (also known as cougar & mountain lion) population of Torres del Paine National Park & its surrounding areas. We will be working with the local trackers involved in the National Geographic coverage of these magnificent animals. Some of the population are amazingly tolerant to people, so close encounters, while we are on foot, are a genuine possibility. We have deliberately chosen to visit early in the season because there less traffic in the park & on the ranch & the pumas are a bit more active during the day, which always helps with the photography! Also, if we are lucky, we may have the opportunity to photograph them in the last snows as winter turns to spring.
With glacial forest & stunning mountain landscapes never far away, guanacos, condors, flamingos, grey foxes & torrent ducks among many other species that we may well come across, this is a genuinely fantastic opportunity to experience the very best that this dramatic corner of South America has to offer at a particularly exciting time of the year.

Our photography will take place in the area surrounding the Laguna Amarga, where we are one of the few selected operators allowed to work inside the property & search for puma along the grounds of this magnificent private area, adjacent to the park & now, entirely committed to Puma conservation. This allows us the freedom to hop out of our 4×4 vehicles to walk off trail to get closer to where the pumas have been spotted.

Finding a wild puma in such beautiful surroundings, on foot, with no physical barrier between you & the cat, is one of the most exhilarating experiences to be had anywhere in the world.

The normal cost is £8499 for the itinerary proposed, however at the launch offer price, we are able to slice £1500 off that cost, subject to us being able to pay deposits over – this is for seven full days of puma spotting, which is more days than most comparable trips.

For the launch of our new Pumas of Patagonia Photography Holiday, we are requiring a £1500 deposit to hold a place. As with all our tours, this is a small group only; just 4 guest photographers plus a plentiful supply of guides & spotters!
Don’t forget, there is a saving of £1000 per person if we can fill this trip in the next few months!
Photographable Species: andean condor, guanaco, lesser rhea, puma

Pumas of Patagonia Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

fly to punta arenas - overnight in punta arenas

day 2

transfer to cerro castillo - overnight in cerro castillo

day 3

puma photography in torres del paine national park - overnight in cerro castillo

day 4

puma photography in torres del paine national park - overnight in cerro castillo

day 5

puma photography in torres del paine national park - overnight in cerro castillo

day 6

puma photography in torres del paine national park - overnight in cerro castillo

day 7

puma photography in torres del paine national park - overnight in cerro castillo

day 8

puma photography in torres del paine national park - overnight in cerro castillo

day 9

puma photography in torres del paine national park - overnight in cerro castillo

day 10

morning of puma photography in torres del paine national park transfer to punta arenas - overnight in punta arenas

day 11

flight to home location

The stunning mountain backdrops photographed in the Torres del Paine National Park the location for the NaturesLens Pumas of Patagonia Photography Holiday

2022 – Hummingbirds & Wildlife of Ecuador Photography Holiday

Join David on a wildlife photography trip to Ecuador where you will encounter one of the highest diversity of birds in the world. The number of different bird species, especially Hummingbirds, is simply mind-boggling.
Ecuador means ‘equator’ & it runs through this country attracting birds from both the northern & southern hemispheres. Some people refer to the climate in Ecuador as eternal spring, as there is little variation in the annual daily temperature, making the climate very comfortable. The Andes mountain range provides a variety of elevations for photo opportunities including beautiful valleys & majestic active volcanoes.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Wildlife of Ecuador, in Ecuador, during the Hummingbirds & Wildlife of Ecuador photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 15 night/16 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £4749  £4499 per participant.
This nature photography trip is designed to visit very safe tourist areas in the provinces of Pichincha, Napo & Orellana which are some of the best places for bird photography & far away from the areas highlighted by the Foreign Office. In addition, David & our local guide are always looking for new places to provide the best photography experience.
With 1600 different birds species, Ecuador is a mega-diverse country & one for the bucket list for any bird photographer.
There will be opportunities to photograph hummingbirds on feeders & visit a refuge famous for its rare birds such as the Cock-of-the-rock (yes, it is a bird!!), Rufous-fronted Wood-Quail, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Ochre-breasted Antpitta & Choco Trogon. If you are lucky, you may even witness a Cock-of-the-rock lek!
In Ecuador’s rainforests, you can see flocks of oropendolas, aracari, tanagers & euphonias as they roam the forest canopy in search of fruit. Plum-throated Cotingas glow from the treetops & raptors perch on vantage points to dry off in the morning sun while White-browed Purpletufts & Crowned Slaty Flycatchers sally for insects. If there is a fruiting tree nearby, you may even see numerous parrots & macaws fly by or drop-in, & many other species flying past.
Our first stay will be at Mindo Loma; Mindo Loma is a great place for photography of Hummingbirds & Tanagers at feeders & is located approximately 1 ½ hours from Quito in the middle of the Cloud forest on the west slope of the Andes. This will be our base & the starting point for all the photography locations & lodges that we will visit this side of the Andes Cordillera.
While staying in Mindo Loma, we will visit Mashpi, a location that is a significant area for bird photography. Mashpi is part of the Chocó area, in the Amagusa reserve. Many species arrive to feed at the banana laden feeders. Species we hope to be able to photograph at this location include Glistening-green Tanager, Moss-backed Tanager, Lemon-rumped Tanager, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Green Honeycreeper, Purple-bibbed Whitetip Hummingbird, White-throated Quail-dove.
Another location we will visit while staying in Mindo Loma is Refugio Paz de las Aves. Here, we should be able to capture images of the Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Giant Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Orange-breasted Fruiteater.
Moving on from Mindo Loma, we head to an area of the country dedicated to conservation & eco-tourism. The area has the highest likelihood of being able to observe & photograph the Umbrellabird. Aside from the Umbrellabird, we hope to be able to photograph Black Solitaire, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Rufous Motmot, Chocó Toucan, Pale-mandibled Araçari, White Necked Jacobin Hummingbird, White-whiskered Hermit Hummingbird, Green Thorntail Hummingbird, Green-crowned Brilliant Hummingbird, Green-crowned Woodnymph Hummingbird, Rufous-throated Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager, Golden-winged Manakin, Club-winged Manakin.
Next, we find ourselves at Yanacocha, a Reserve of the Jocotoco Foundation & is at 3200 – 3400 meters above sea level. This is the only forest on the West Andean Slope that has feeders available, & of course, we will make the best use of these opportunities.
We will spend several days undertaking photography in the Ecological Reserve of Antisana located in the East Andean Slope with an excellent opportunity to find Condors, & the area has several lakes which we may make use of to obtain images of some of the region’s aquatic birds.
We will make use of the grounds of the Guango Lodge, located near to the hot springs of Papallacta & a paradise for a variety of species of hummingbird. It is a fantastic location to capture images of these tiny birds.
Our next location is Puerto Misahualli near the Napo River. Misahualli is a community that is located next to the Napo River, one of the main tributaries of the Amazon River. Next to this community is the Paikawe lagoon, which is an excellent environment for photography of a wide variety of species. We will spend the night at Wildsumaco Bird Lodge.
The Andes’s Eastern Foothills is currently encountering severe problems. The rainforest in the renowned birding locale of Sumaco is rapidly being logged & converted into farmland. Habitat for birds & other animals requiring primary forest is being lost, but small reserves are being established to halt this devastation.
In this rainforest, we hope to be able to photograph Wire-crested Thorntail Hummingbird, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Violet-fronted Brilliant Hummingbird, Black-throated Brilliant Hummingbird, Gould’s Jewelfront Hummingbird, Golden-tailed Sapphire Hummingbird.
While staying at the Napo Cultural Center, we will take boat trips to three amazing destinations, to photograph the parrot clay licks or saladeros. During these boat trips, we hope to see the most beautiful natural spectacle with more than 11 different species that show up in these locations.
Our final location is the Cabañas San Isidro which is located in the East of the Andean Cordillera, in the foothills close to the Amazon. Cabañas San Isidro has Hummingbird feeders & natural trails. Upon our arrival in the morning, we will have the possibility of seeing different species of insects feeding.
We will also be taking opportunities with macro subjects such as frogs & reptiles, butterflies, other mammals & literally anything else that crosses our path during the 16 days.
Photographable Species: andean cock-of-the-rock, andean condor, andean coot, andean gull, andean teal, andean tit-spinetail, black solitaire, black-billed mountain-toucan, black-capped tanager, black-chested buzzard-eagle, black-chested mountain-tanager, black-faced ibis, black-mandibled toucan, black-throated brilliant hummingbird, black-winged ground-dove, blue-backed conebill, blue-crowned manakin, blue-winged mountain-tanager, bronzy inca, brown inca hummingbird, capped heron, carunculated caracara, chestnut breasted coronet, chocó toucan, club winged manakin, collared inca hummingbird, empress brilliant hummingbird, fawn-breasted brilliant hummingbird, flame- faced tanager, giant antpitta, glistening-green tanager, glowing puffleg hummingbird, golden- collared honeycreeper, golden-breasted puffleg hummingbird, golden-headed quetzal, golden-napped tanager, golden-tailed sapphire hummingbird, golden-winged manakin, gould’s jewelfront hummingbird, great potoo, great sapphire-wing hummingbird, green honeycreeper, green thorntail hummingbird, green-crowned brilliant hummingbird, green-crowned woodnymph hummingbird, hoatzin, hooded mountain tanager, inca jay, lacrimose mountain-tanager, lemon-rumped tanager, long-wattled umbrellabird, macaw, magpie tanager, moss-backed tanager, mountain-tanager, moustached antpitta, ocellated tapaculo, ochre-breasted antpitta, orange-breasted fruiteater, orange-eared tanager, pale-mandibled araçari, parakeet, parrot, pavonie quetzal, powerful woodpecker, purple-backed thornbill hummingbird, purple-bibbed whitetip hummingbird, páramo ground tyrant, rainbow-bearded thornbill hummingbird, red-billed parrot, rufous antpitta, rufous motmot, rufous-breasted antthrush, rufous-throated tanager, scarlet- bellied mountain-tanager, shining sunbeam hummingbird, silver-throated tanager, silvery grebe, stripe-headed brush-finch, sword-billed hummingbird, swordbill hummingbird, torrent duck, toucan barbet, tourmaline sunangel hummingbird, turquoise jay, velvet-purple coronet hummingbird, violet-fronted brilliant hummingbird, violet-headed hummingbird, violet-tailed sylph hummingbird, wattled guan, white capped dipper, white necked jacobin hummingbird, white-capped tanager, white-throated quail-dove, white-whiskered hermit hummingbird, wire-crested thorntail hummingbird, yellow-billed pintail, yellow-breasted antpitta

Hummingbirds & Wildlife of Ecuador Photography Holiday Itinerary

To be confirmed

2023 – Jaguars & Wildlife of the Pantanal Photography Holiday

A Tuco Toucan photographed in the locations used for the NaturesLens Wildlife of Brazil’s Pantanal Photography Holiday
Join David, one of the co-founders of NaturesLens, in Cuiaba during July 2021 for 9 nights. Take the opportunity to capture images of the wildlife of Brazil.
The NaturesLens Jaguars & Other Wildlife of Brazil’s Pantanal photography holiday is offered on a full board, shared room basis.
The Pantanal offers keen wildlife photographers the perfect combination of great birding & mammal spotting opportunities. It is one of the best places in the world to see the endangered & stunning Hyacinth Macaw, 100’s of Jabiru Storks, Maguari Storks, Wood Storks, literally thousands of Caimans, Giant River Otters & of course, South America’s largest cat, the Jaguar.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Wildlife of the Pantanal, in Brazil, during the Jaguars & Wildlife of the Pantanal photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 9 night/10 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £5999 per participant.
We shall travel all the way to the end of the famous Transpantaneira dirt road (145km), well known for its amazing birds & wildlife. For the first 2 days, we will photograph stunning birds such as Snail Kite, Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, American Wood Stork, Cocoi Heron, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Rusty-collared Seedeater, Barred Antshrike, Sunbittern, Jabiru, Roseate Spoonbill, Large-billed Tern, Striated Heron & various other water birds.
Once at the end of the Transpantaneira road, we will spend 6 nights based at a floating hotel from where we will take daily boat safaris to look for jaguar, giant otters & other wildlife.
Jaguars, hyacinth macaws, toucans, anteaters, tapirs & giant river otters live in the area that our guides know well. By utilizing their extensive knowledge on the wildlife’s habits & the correct time to observe them in their most natural habitat, you will benefit from expert guidance from dawn to dusk in the search for satisfying viewings.
Jaguars are visible day & night, sometimes from only 30 meters away. No other location in the world can offer anything like this possibility of seeing wild jaguars as the Brazilian Pantanal.
We have designed a very special 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!
Photographable Species: aracari, jaguar, macaw, ocelot, otter, toucan

Jaguars & Wildlife of the Pantanal Photography Holiday Itinerary

To be confirmed
A pair of Aracari photographed in the locations used for the NaturesLens Wildlife of Brazil’s Pantanal Photography Holiday

2021 – Hummingbirds & Wildlife of Ecuador Photography Holiday

Join David on a wildlife photography holiday to Ecuador where you will encounter one of the highest diversity of birds in the world. The number of different bird species, especially Hummingbirds, is simply mind-boggling.
Ecuador means ‘equator’ & it runs through this country attracting birds from both the northern & southern hemispheres. Some people refer to the climate in Ecuador as eternal spring, as there is little variation in the annual daily temperature, making the climate very comfortable. The Andes mountain range provides a variety of elevations for photo opportunities including beautiful valleys & majestic active volcanoes.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Wildlife of Ecuador, in Ecuador, during the Hummingbirds & Wildlife of Ecuador photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 15 night/16 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £4749 per participant.
This wildlife photography tour is designed to visit very safe tourist areas in the provinces of Pichincha, Napo & Orellana which are some of the best places for bird photography & far away from the areas highlighted by the Foreign Office. In addition, David & our local guide are always looking for new places to provide the best photography experience.
With 1600 different birds species, Ecuador is a mega-diverse country & one for the bucket list for any bird photographer.
There will be opportunities to photograph hummingbirds on feeders & visit a refuge famous for its rare birds such as the Cock-of-the-rock (yes, it is a bird!!), Rufous-fronted Wood-Quail, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Ochre-breasted Antpitta & Choco Trogon. If you are lucky, you may even witness a Cock-of-the-rock lek!
In Ecuador’s rainforests, you can see flocks of oropendolas, aracari, tanagers & euphonias as they roam the forest canopy in search of fruit. Plum-throated Cotingas glow from the treetops & raptors perch on vantage points to dry off in the morning sun while White-browed Purpletufts & Crowned Slaty Flycatchers sally for insects. If there is a fruiting tree nearby, you may even see numerous parrots & macaws fly by or drop-in, & many other species flying past.
Our first stay will be at Mindo Loma; Mindo Loma is a great place for photography of Hummingbirds & Tanagers at feeders & is located approximately 1 ½ hours from Quito in the middle of the Cloud forest on the west slope of the Andes. This will be our base & the starting point for all the photography locations & lodges that we will visit this side of the Andes Cordillera.
While staying in Mindo Loma, we will visit Mashpi, a location that is a significant area for bird photography. Mashpi is part of the Chocó area, in the Amagusa reserve. Many species arrive to feed at the banana laden feeders. Species we hope to be able to photograph at this location include Glistening-green Tanager, Moss-backed Tanager, Lemon-rumped Tanager, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Green Honeycreeper, Purple-bibbed Whitetip Hummingbird, White-throated Quail-dove.
Another location we will visit while staying in Mindo Loma is Refugio Paz de las Aves. Here, we should be able to capture images of the Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Giant Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Orange-breasted Fruiteater.
Moving on from Mindo Loma, we head to an area of the country dedicated to conservation & eco-tourism. The area has the highest likelihood of being able to observe & photograph the Umbrellabird. Aside from the Umbrellabird, we hope to be able to photograph Black Solitaire, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Rufous Motmot, Chocó Toucan, Pale-mandibled Araçari, White Necked Jacobin Hummingbird, White-whiskered Hermit Hummingbird, Green Thorntail Hummingbird, Green-crowned Brilliant Hummingbird, Green-crowned Woodnymph Hummingbird, Rufous-throated Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager, Golden-winged Manakin, Club-winged Manakin.
Next, we find ourselves at Yanacocha, a Reserve of the Jocotoco Foundation & is at 3200 – 3400 meters above sea level. This is the only forest on the West Andean Slope that has feeders available, & of course, we will make the best use of these opportunities.
We will spend several days undertaking photography in the Ecological Reserve of Antisana located in the East Andean Slope with an excellent opportunity to find Condors, & the area has several lakes which we may make use of to obtain images of some of the region’s aquatic birds.
We will make use of the grounds of the Guango Lodge, located near to the hot springs of Papallacta & a paradise for a variety of species of hummingbird. It is a fantastic location to capture images of these tiny birds.
Our next location is Puerto Misahualli near the Napo River. Misahualli is a community that is located next to the Napo River, one of the main tributaries of the Amazon River. Next to this community is the Paikawe lagoon, which is an excellent environment for photography of a wide variety of species. We will spend the night at Wildsumaco Bird Lodge.
The Andes’s Eastern Foothills is currently encountering severe problems. The rainforest in the renowned birding locale of Sumaco is rapidly being logged & converted into farmland. Habitat for birds & other animals requiring primary forest is being lost, but small reserves are being established to halt this devastation.
In this rainforest, we hope to be able to photograph Wire-crested Thorntail Hummingbird, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Violet-fronted Brilliant Hummingbird, Black-throated Brilliant Hummingbird, Gould’s Jewelfront Hummingbird, Golden-tailed Sapphire Hummingbird.
While staying at the Napo Cultural Center, we will take boat trips to three amazing destinations, to photograph the parrot clay licks or saladeros. During these boat trips, we hope to see the most beautiful natural spectacle with more than 11 different species that show up in these locations.
Our final location is the Cabañas San Isidro which is located in the East of the Andean Cordillera, in the foothills close to the Amazon. Cabañas San Isidro has Hummingbird feeders & natural trails. Upon our arrival in the morning, we will have the possibility of seeing different species of insects feeding.
We will also be taking opportunities with macro subjects such as frogs & reptiles, butterflies, other mammals & literally anything else that crosses our path during the 16 days.
Photographable Species: andean cock-of-the-rock, andean condor, andean coot, andean gull, andean teal, andean tit-spinetail, black solitaire, black-billed mountain-toucan, black-capped tanager, black-chested buzzard-eagle, black-chested mountain-tanager, black-faced ibis, black-mandibled toucan, black-throated brilliant hummingbird, black-winged ground-dove, blue-backed conebill, blue-crowned manakin, blue-winged mountain-tanager, bronzy inca, brown inca hummingbird, capped heron, carunculated caracara, chestnut breasted coronet, chocó toucan, club winged manakin, collared inca hummingbird, empress brilliant hummingbird, fawn-breasted brilliant hummingbird, flame- faced tanager, giant antpitta, glistening-green tanager, glowing puffleg hummingbird, golden- collared honeycreeper, golden-breasted puffleg hummingbird, golden-headed quetzal, golden-napped tanager, golden-tailed sapphire hummingbird, golden-winged manakin, gould’s jewelfront hummingbird, great potoo, great sapphire-wing hummingbird, green honeycreeper, green thorntail hummingbird, green-crowned brilliant hummingbird, green-crowned woodnymph hummingbird, hoatzin, hooded mountain tanager, inca jay, lacrimose mountain-tanager, lemon-rumped tanager, long-wattled umbrellabird, macaw, magpie tanager, moss-backed tanager, mountain-tanager, moustached antpitta, ocellated tapaculo, ochre-breasted antpitta, orange-breasted fruiteater, orange-eared tanager, pale-mandibled araçari, parakeet, parrot, pavonie quetzal, powerful woodpecker, purple-backed thornbill hummingbird, purple-bibbed whitetip hummingbird, páramo ground tyrant, rainbow-bearded thornbill hummingbird, red-billed parrot, rufous antpitta, rufous motmot, rufous-breasted antthrush, rufous-throated tanager, scarlet- bellied mountain-tanager, shining sunbeam hummingbird, silver-throated tanager, silvery grebe, stripe-headed brush-finch, sword-billed hummingbird, swordbill hummingbird, torrent duck, toucan barbet, tourmaline sunangel hummingbird, turquoise jay, velvet-purple coronet hummingbird, violet-fronted brilliant hummingbird, violet-headed hummingbird, violet-tailed sylph hummingbird, wattled guan, white capped dipper, white necked jacobin hummingbird, white-capped tanager, white-throated quail-dove, white-whiskered hermit hummingbird, wire-crested thorntail hummingbird, yellow-billed pintail, yellow-breasted antpitta

Hummingbirds & Wildlife of Ecuador Photography Holiday Itinerary

To be confirmed

2021 – Jaguars & wildlife of Brazil’s Pantanal Photography Holiday

A Tuco Toucan photographed in the locations used for the NaturesLens Wildlife of Brazil’s Pantanal Photography Holiday
Join David & Pui Hang, the co-founders of NaturesLens, in Cuiaba during July 2021 for 9 nights. Take the opportunity to capture images of the wildlife of Brazil.
The NaturesLens Jaguars & Other Wildlife of Brazil’s Pantanal photography holiday is offered on a full board, shared room basis.
The Pantanal offers keen wildlife photographers the perfect combination of great birding & mammal spotting opportunities. It is one of the best places in the world to see the endangered & stunning Hyacinth Macaw, 100’s of Jabiru Storks, Maguari Storks, Wood Storks, literally thousands of Caimans, Giant River Otters & of course, South America’s largest cat, the Jaguar.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Wildlife of Brazil, in Brazil, during the Jaguars & wildlife of Brazil’s Pantanal photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 9 night/10 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £5999 per participant.
We shall travel all the way to the end of the famous Transpantaneira dirt road (145km), well known for its amazing birds & wildlife. For the first 2 days, we will photograph stunning birds such as Snail Kite, Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, American Wood Stork, Cocoi Heron, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Rusty-collared Seedeater, Barred Antshrike, Sunbittern, Jabiru, Roseate Spoonbill, Large-billed Tern, Striated Heron & various other water birds.
Once at the end of the Transpantaneira road, we will spend 6 nights based at a floating hotel from where we will take daily boat safaris to look for jaguar, giant otters & other wildlife.
Jaguars, hyacinth macaws, toucans, anteaters, tapirs & giant river otters live in the area that our guides know well. By utilizing their extensive knowledge on the wildlife’s habits & the correct time to observe them in their most natural habitat, you will benefit from expert guidance from dawn to dusk in the search for satisfying viewings.
Jaguars are visible day & night, sometimes from only 30 meters away. No other location in the world can offer anything like this possibility of seeing wild jaguars as the Brazilian Pantanal.
We have designed a very special 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!
Photographable Species: aracari, jaguar, macaw, ocelot, otter, toucan

Jaguars & wildlife of Brazil’s Pantanal Photography Holiday Itinerary

To be confirmed
A pair of Aracari photographed in the locations used for the NaturesLens Wildlife of Brazil’s Pantanal Photography Holiday

2020 – Wildlife of Costa Rica Photography Holiday

One Of The Keel Billed Toucans Found In The Boca Tapada Region Of Costa Rica   Image Captured During The NaturesLens Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday
Join NaturesLens on an exciting photography holiday to capture images of the diverse bird species & other Costa Rican wildlife; this trip is ideally suited to amateur & semi-pro wildlife photographers. With a wide selection of locations included within the itinerary for this photography holiday, we will provide you with the best bird, mammal, amphibian, butterfly & invertebrate photography opportunities possible, capturing birds in flight, frogs within their habitats & various species interacting with one & other.
Costa Rica truly is a wildlife photographer’s dream come true! Literally meaning ‘rich coast’ in Spanish, Costa Rica has a wealth of natural diversity & wildlife, making it one of the most bio-diverse places on earth.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the massive number of bird species & other wildlife of Costa Rica, in Costa Rica, during the Wildlife of Costa Rica photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 15 night/16 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3999 per participant.
The range of photographable species which thrive in Costa Rica is a sight to behold. From the red-eyed tree frog to king vultures, the species we will encounter are diverse, but they all live side by side making up a large proportion of the delicate local ecosystem which exists in this region.
The various birds, that we will encounter can provide some of the most exciting wildlife photography opportunities, as their quick, unpredictable behaviour keeps us on our toes & enables captivating movement & in-flight imagery to be captured.
Our 15 night/16 day photography holiday to Costa Rica offers opportunities to photograph a huge range of native species, including sloth, as well as many others. We offer a package of accommodation on a non-shared basis (with no single supplement payable) & food on a half board basis, to ensure that all you need to worry about is taking unique & mesmerising photographs.
Sunrise & sunset are often considered the prime times of day for creative photography, so unlike other holidays & tours, during our Costa Rican wildlife photography tour, we will ensure that our photography sessions make the most of these times of the day. This provides unrivalled exposure to the variety of species & the environment which inhabits the various regions included within our offering.
This trip will be packed with photography opportunities, we will cover many miles taking in Costa Rica’s famously diverse wildlife … mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects & birds will ensure that this a trip that will make a huge impression.
Our photography tour ventures first to the Boca Tapada region, home to up to 350 different species of birds, among them the Collared Aracari, the Keel-billed Toucan & the Great Green Macaw; to Sarapiqui to photograph the various frogs, snakes & hummingbirds that our local guides will locate for us, then to a rainforest lodge, with stunning panoramic views of the famous Arenal Volcano & Lake Arenal, the lodge is set within 2000 acres of rainforest filled with exotic birds, wild animals & tropical vegetation.
On to the San Gerardo De Dota Valley, where we will be seeking out the Resplendent Quetzal, this bird is considered to be the startling emerald jewel of the cloud forest. Finally, we head to, Selva Verde, here we can expect to photograph up to 3 species of toucans & other colourful birds of Costa Rica like Tanagers, Motmots and Trogons.
The weather can vary between different times of day in this region at this time of year, so we advise that you bring layers & prepare for somewhat unpredictable weather conditions. Join NaturesLens for an amazing trip to photograph the diverse & startling Costa Rican wildlife, this is a wildlife photography experience you will never forget.
Places are limited, so book today!
Photographable Species: collared aracari, glass frog, green macaw, hummingbird, keel-billed toucan, king vulture, red-eyed tree frog, resplendent quetzal, sloth

Wildlife of Costa Rica Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

arrive san jose airport, overnight at hotel villa tournon

day 2

hummingbird photography on way to san gerado valley - 2 hour drive, overnight in san gerado valley

day 3

quetzal photography followed by hummingbird photography, overnight in san gerado valley

day 4

quetzal photography followed by hummingbird photography, then drive to sarapiqui - 3 1/2 hour drive - with a stop for hummingbird (snowcap & coquete) photograpjy, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 5

full-day frog photography, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 6

hummingbird & other bird photography at copes, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 7

feeder photography at tico rainforest - 2 hour drive, overnight in tico rainforest area

day 8

travel to boca topada - 2 hour drive, overnight in boca topada area

day 9

feeder photography followed by king vulture photography, overnight in boca topada area

day 10

feeder photography followed by optional king vulture photography, overnight in boca topada area

day 11

travel to arenal - 2 hour drive, overnight in arenal area

day 12

spider, reptile & snake photography, overnight in arenal area

day 13

caño negro boat tour, overnight in arenal area

day 14

travel to monte verde - 3 1/2 hour drive, overnight in monte verde area

day 15

photography walk at selvatura & hummingbirds, followed by travel to san jose - 3 1/2 hour drive, overnight at hotel villa tournon

day 16

flight to home location

2021 – Wildlife of Costa Rica Photography Holiday

One Of The Keel Billed Toucans Found In The Boca Tapada Region Of Costa Rica   Image Captured During The NaturesLens Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday
Join NaturesLens on an exciting photography holiday to capture images of the diverse bird species & other Costa Rican wildlife; this trip is ideally suited to amateur & semi-pro wildlife photographers. With a wide selection of locations included within the itinerary for this photography holiday, we will provide you with the best bird, mammal, amphibian, butterfly & invertebrate photography opportunities possible, capturing birds in flight, frogs within their habitats & various species interacting with one & other.
Costa Rica truly is a wildlife photographer’s dream come true! Literally meaning ‘rich coast’ in Spanish, Costa Rica has a wealth of natural diversity & wildlife, making it one of the most bio-diverse places on earth.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the massive number of bird species & other wildlife of Costa Rica, in Costa Rica, during the Wildlife of Costa Rica photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 15 night/16 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3999 per participant.
The range of photographable species which thrive in Costa Rica is a sight to behold. From the red-eyed tree frog to king vultures, the species we will encounter are diverse, but they all live side by side making up a large proportion of the delicate local ecosystem which exists in this region.
The various birds, that we will encounter can provide some of the most exciting wildlife photography opportunities, as their quick, unpredictable behaviour keeps us on our toes & enables captivating movement & in-flight imagery to be captured.
Our 15 night/16 day photography holiday to Costa Rica offers opportunities to photograph a huge range of native species, including sloth, as well as many others. We offer a package of accommodation on a non-shared basis (with no single supplement payable) & food on a half board basis, to ensure that all you need to worry about is taking unique & mesmerising photographs.
Sunrise & sunset are often considered the prime times of day for creative photography, so unlike other holidays & tours, during our Costa Rican wildlife photography tour, we will ensure that our photography sessions make the most of these times of the day. This provides unrivalled exposure to the variety of species & the environment which inhabits the various regions included within our offering.
This trip will be packed with photography opportunities, we will cover many miles taking in Costa Rica’s famously diverse wildlife … mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects & birds will ensure that this a trip that will make a huge impression.
Our photography tour ventures first to the Boca Tapada region, home to up to 350 different species of birds, among them the Collared Aracari, the Keel-billed Toucan & the Great Green Macaw; to Sarapiqui to photograph the various frogs, snakes & hummingbirds that our local guides will locate for us, then to a rainforest lodge, with stunning panoramic views of the famous Arenal Volcano & Lake Arenal, the lodge is set within 2000 acres of rainforest filled with exotic birds, wild animals & tropical vegetation.
On to the San Gerardo De Dota Valley, where we will be seeking out the Resplendent Quetzal, this bird is considered to be the startling emerald jewel of the cloud forest. Finally, we head to, Selva Verde, here we can expect to photograph up to 3 species of toucans & other colourful birds of Costa Rica like Tanagers, Motmots and Trogons.
The weather can vary between different times of day in this region at this time of year, so we advise that you bring layers & prepare for somewhat unpredictable weather conditions. Join NaturesLens for an amazing trip to photograph the diverse & startling Costa Rican wildlife, this is a wildlife photography experience you will never forget.
Places are limited, so book today!
Photographable Species: collared aracari, glass frog, green macaw, hummingbird, keel-billed toucan, king vulture, red-eyed tree frog, resplendent quetzal, sloth

Wildlife of Costa Rica Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

arrive san jose airport, overnight at hotel villa tournon

day 2

hummingbird photography on way to san gerado valley - 2 hour drive, overnight in san gerado valley

day 3

quetzal photography followed by hummingbird photography, overnight in san gerado valley

day 4

quetzal photography followed by hummingbird photography, then drive to sarapiqui - 3 1/2 hour drive - with a stop for hummingbird (snowcap & coquete) photograpjy, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 5

full-day frog photography, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 6

hummingbird & other bird photography at copes, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 7

feeder photography at tico rainforest - 2 hour drive, overnight in tico rainforest area

day 8

travel to boca topada - 2 hour drive, overnight in boca topada area

day 9

feeder photography followed by king vulture photography, overnight in boca topada area

day 10

feeder photography followed by optional king vulture photography, overnight in boca topada area

day 11

travel to arenal - 2 hour drive, overnight in arenal area

day 12

spider, reptile & snake photography, overnight in arenal area

day 13

caño negro boat tour, overnight in arenal area

day 14

travel to monte verde - 3 1/2 hour drive, overnight in monte verde area

day 15

photography walk at selvatura & hummingbirds, followed by travel to san jose - 3 1/2 hour drive, overnight at hotel villa tournon

day 16

flight to home location

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