2020 – Winter’s White-tailed Sea Eagles of Norway Photography Holiday

A White tailed Eagle perches above the ice cold seas photographed at the locations used for the NaturesLens Winters White tailed Eagles of Norway photography holiday
NaturesLens offer keen wildlife photographers the chance to join Victoria & take opportunities with the White-tailed Sea Eagles of Smøla; Smøla has the highest breeding density in the world for this species; you will spend 5 nights capturing images of the population of this species as they thrive in their picturesque natural habitat, both on land & above the frozen waters that surround the island.
Smøla is the 19th largest island in Norway; the island lies to the north of the Edøyfjorden & the west of the Ramsøyfjorden, 16 miles north of the town of Kristiansund. The islands of Hitra & Frøya lie to the northeast, Skardsøya & Ertvågsøya to the southeast, Stabblandet & Tustna to the south, & the open Norwegian Sea to the west & north.
In addition to White-tailed Sea Eagles, this period is perfect for wintering sea birds like auks, eiders, velvet scoter, long-tailed duck & cormorants.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of White-tailed Sea Eagles, in Norway, during the Winter’s White-tailed Sea Eagles of Norway photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 5 night/6 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £2399 per participant.
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 to ensure that you book early to avoid missing out!
The white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) is an enormous eagle widely distributed across Eurasia. As are all eagles, it is a member of the family Accipitridae (or accipitrids) which includes other diurnal raptors such as hawks, kites, & harriers. One of up to eleven members in the genus Haliaeetus, which are commonly called sea eagles, it is not infrequently also referred to as the white-tailed sea-eagle.
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 unique 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 alternating days between boat trips on to the frozen waters to photograph the White-tailed Sea Eagles in the best light available as the swoop & dive above the seas, & two days capturing images from a hide offering you the chance to get up close to these magnificent birds & witness their feeding behaviours. Cosy accommodation nearby provides 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.
The boat trips are conducted on a specially designed boat with sides that can be lowered, this allows for photography just a few centimetres above the water-line; whilst the hide, shown in the photo above, has been sunken into the ground next to an eagle drinking pool with medical-grade clarity glass, heating & a toilet.
Victoria, 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 capture images of the White-tailed Sea Eagles in wide-angle & 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 sea & surrounding snow-laden landscapes.
Photographable Species: white-tailed sea eagle

Winter’s White-tailed Sea Eagles of Norway Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to kristiansund international airport from home location & transfer to smøla

day 2

all-day photography from within the white-tailed sea eagle hide

day 3

all-day photography of the white-tailed sea eagles from on a boat

day 4

all-day photography from within the white-tailed sea eagle hide

day 5

all-day photography of the white-tailed sea eagles from on a boat

day 6

transfer to kristiansund international airport & flight to home location

A White tailed Eagle flies over ice cold waters photographed at the locations used for the NaturesLens Winters White tailed Eagles of Norway photography holiday

2021 – Winter’s White-tailed Sea Eagles of Norway Photography Holiday

A White tailed Eagle perches above the ice cold seas photographed at the locations used for the NaturesLens Winters White tailed Eagles of Norway photography holiday
NaturesLens offer keen wildlife photographers the chance to join Victoria & take opportunities with the White-tailed Sea Eagles of Smøla; Smøla has the highest breeding density in the world for this species; you will spend 5 nights capturing images of the population of this species as they thrive in their picturesque natural habitat, both on land & above the frozen waters that surround the island.
Smøla is the 19th largest island in Norway; the island lies to the north of the Edøyfjorden & the west of the Ramsøyfjorden, 16 miles north of the town of Kristiansund. The islands of Hitra & Frøya lie to the northeast, Skardsøya & Ertvågsøya to the southeast, Stabblandet & Tustna to the south, & the open Norwegian Sea to the west & north.
In addition to White-tailed Sea Eagles, this period is perfect for wintering sea birds like auks, eiders, velvet scoter, long-tailed duck & cormorants.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of White-tailed Sea Eagles, in Norway, during the Winter’s White-tailed Sea Eagles of Norway photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 5 night/6 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £2399 per participant.
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 to ensure that you book early to avoid missing out!
The white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) is an enormous eagle widely distributed across Eurasia. As are all eagles, it is a member of the family Accipitridae (or accipitrids) which includes other diurnal raptors such as hawks, kites, & harriers. One of up to eleven members in the genus Haliaeetus, which are commonly called sea eagles, it is not infrequently also referred to as the white-tailed sea-eagle.
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 unique 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 alternating days between boat trips on to the frozen waters to photograph the White-tailed Sea Eagles in the best light available as the swoop & dive above the seas, & two days capturing images from a hide offering you the chance to get up close to these magnificent birds & witness their feeding behaviours. Cosy accommodation nearby provides 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.
The boat trips are conducted on a specially designed boat with sides that can be lowered, this allows for photography just a few centimetres above the water-line; whilst the hide, shown in the photo above, has been sunken into the ground next to an eagle drinking pool with medical-grade clarity glass, heating & a toilet.
Victoria, 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 capture images of the White-tailed Sea Eagles in wide-angle & 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 sea & surrounding snow-laden landscapes.
Photographable Species: white-tailed sea eagle

Winter’s White-tailed Sea Eagles of Norway Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to kristiansund international airport from home location & transfer to uostadvaris

day 2

all-day photography from within the white-tailed sea eagle hide

day 3

all-day photography of the white-tailed sea eagles from on a boat

day 4

all-day photography from within the white-tailed sea eagle hide

day 5

all-day photography of the white-tailed sea eagles from on a boat

day 6

transfer to kristiansund international airport & flight to home location

A White tailed Eagle flies over ice cold waters photographed at the locations used for the NaturesLens Winters White tailed Eagles of Norway photography holiday

2020 – Spanish Birds of the Castilian Plains Photography Holiday

A Golden Eagle calls to announce its presence photographed at the locations used for the NaturesLens Spanish Birds of the Castilian Plains photography holiday
Spring in Spain; surely the birds most synonymous with the region are the Great Bustards, who put on fabulous displays at their lek sites in an attempt to compete for the attention of the females of the species. These birds, coupled with the Bonelli’s, Golden & Imperial eagles make this photography holiday from NaturesLens ‘a must’ for those wishing to fill their portfolio with some of the best-known & most impressive Birds of Spain.
Sunrise & sunset are considered the prime times of day for creative photography, therefore, we ensure that our photography sessions make the most of these times of the day. This provides unrivalled exposure to the variety of species which inhabit this region.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Birds of the Castilian Plains, in Spain, during the Spanish Birds of the Castilian Plains photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £2499 per participant.
For this new photography holiday, Alan will accompany guests to the Castilla y León region of Spain. Here, the group will be making use of a network of hides distributed in a vast collection of habitats & ecosystems. The wide Castilian plains will offer photographers unique opportunities to photograph great bustards, white storks, lesser kestrels, larks, wheatears & many other bird species.
Steppe lakes, nearby forests & meadows, canyons & mountains with all their varied species will be the intended targets for your camera lenses for the remaining days. During these days there will be opportunities to photograph Bonelli’s Eagles, Black & Griffon Vultures, Golden & Imperial Eagles & more besides.
Why not join our 7 night-day photography holiday, & take the opportunity to photograph many of the most spectacular species in this region.
The weather can be changeable at this time of year, so we advise that you bring layers & prepare for somewhat unpredictable weather conditions.
Photographable Species: azure-winged magpie, black kite, black vulture, bonellis eagle, calandra lark, golden eagle, great bustard, griffon vulture, hawfinch, imperial eagle, lesser kestrel, little owl, red kite, wheatear, white stork

Spanish Birds of the Castilian Plains Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

transfer from madrid-barajas adolfo suárez airport to our accommodation in the lagunas de villafáfila nature reserve - if time allows, photography of lesser kestrels in an abandoned town

day 2

all-day bustard photography in villapando area

day 3

all-day bustard photography in villapando area

day 4

transfer to arribes del duero - photography of golden eagle, bonelli's eagle & egyptian vulture

day 5

all-day photography of golden eagle, bonelli's eagle & egyptian vulture

day 6

all-day photography of golden eagle, bonelli's eagle & egyptian vulture - transfer to valladolid

day 7

all-day photography of spanish imperial eagle

day 8

all-day photography of spanish imperial eagle - transfer to madrid-barajas adolfo suárez airport

One of the Bonellis Eagles perched on a bare tree photographed at the locations used for the NaturesLens Spanish Birds of the Castilian Plains photography holiday

2020 – 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 Victoria 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 4 night/5 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1599  £1449 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

Lammergeier & Golden Eagles of Spain Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to barcelona–el prat josep tarradellas airport from home location & transfer to lleida

day 2

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in lleida

day 3

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in lleida

day 4

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in lleida

day 5

transfer to barcelona–el prat josep tarradellas airport & flight to home location

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

2019 – Lammergeier & Golden Eagle 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 Victoria 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 Eagle of Spain photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 4 night/5 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1599  £1299 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

Lammergeier & Golden Eagle of Spain Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - thursday - 5th december, 2019

flight to barcelona–el prat josep tarradellas airport from home location & transfer to lleida

day 2 - friday - 6th december, 2019

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in lleida

day 3 - saturday - 7th december, 2019

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in lleida

day 4 - sunday - 8th december, 2019

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in lleida

day 7 - monday - 9th december, 2019

transfer to barcelona–el prat josep tarradellas airport & flight to home location

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

2020 – Winter Raptors of Toledo Photography Holiday

A perched Hen Harrier on a golden winters morning photographed during the NaturesLens Winter Raptors of Toledo Photography Holiday
Join Dan in late January 2020 in the diverse landscape of the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain; you will spend many hours from dawn to dusk making use of a fantastic custom-built hide network to capture images of the raptors & other birds that call Laguna del Taray home during the winter months. Species that you may be able to photograph include Raptors such as Hen & Marsh Harriers, Buzzard, Red Kite, Goshawk, Bonelli’s Eagle & Common Kestrel. With the possibility of Golden and Imperial Eagles appearing occasionally; other species include Bearded Reedlings, Spanish Sparrow, Starlings, European Cranes, Iberian Grey Shrike, Little Owl & more.
Making use of an astonishing network of custom-built hides, which are distributed throughout the vast estate, you will be provided with the best winter bird photography opportunities 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 Dan where needed.
A picturesque landscape, with a superb network of hides, the fantastic range of birdlife that co-exists within this estate found in the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain, all contribute to an experience not to be missed. As a counter to our summer holiday, which includes a vast number of species, this winter photographic holiday is one which will add some specialist species to any photographers portfolio.
During several days in January 2019, David captured images of Harriers, Bonelli’s Eagles, Goshawks, Buzzards & Kites, all living side by side in the local ecosystem. Also, dependent upon weather, there is the opportunity for crane photography on a magnificent pool with a dedicated hide or starling photography, from within a hide actually within the murmuration.
This Winter Birds of Toledo photography holiday provides you with 4 1/2 days packed with photography sessions, where your photography will benefit from unparalleled access to locations; the hides are situated strategically within this beautiful landscape to provide the best opportunity to photograph a stunning range of bird species.
We provide full-board accommodation – with this being on the estate itself, this means no travelling in the morning or the evening back to a hotel, plus all the food is catered for the group – a light breakfast before heading to the hides & ending with a meal after the evening photography session, with a lunch in between. 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 the winter months on the estate surrounding Laguna del Taray offers; 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.
Photographable Species: bearded reedlings, bonellis eagle, buzzard, common kestrel, european crane, golden eagle, goshawk, hen harrier, iberian grey shrike, imperial eagle, little owl, marsh harriers, red kite, spanish sparrow, starling

Winter Raptors of Toledo Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to madrid from home location & transfer to the estate of laguna del taray

day 2

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * on the estate of laguna del taray

day 3

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * on the estate of laguna del taray

day 4

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * on the estate of laguna del taray

day 5

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * on the estate of laguna del taray

day

morning photography in various hides * on the estate of laguna del taray,then transfer to madrid & flight to home location

One of the Bonnellis Eagles on a golden winters morning photographed during the NaturesLens Winter Raptors of Toledo Photography Holiday

2020 – Spanish Birdlife of Toledo 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 Alan in escaping to the diverse landscape of the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain, you will spend many hours from dawn to dusk making use of an amazing custom-built hide network, 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 Alan 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 Spanish Birdlife of Toledo photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £2499 per participant.
A vast landscape, with a superb network of hides, the fantastic range of birdlife that co-exists within this estate 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 that we will make use of 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 on the estate itself, this means no travelling in the morning or the evening back to a hotel, plus all the food is catered for the group – a light breakfast before heading to the hides & ending with a meal after the evening photography session, with a lunch in between. 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

Spanish Birdlife of Toledo Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to madrid from home location & transfer to tembleque

day 2

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * on the estate of laguna del taray

day 3

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * on the estate of laguna del taray

day 4

morning photography in various hides * on the estate of laguna del taray, evening landscape photography including the windmills of consuegra & evening meal overlooking the windmills

day 5

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * on the estate of laguna del taray

day 6

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * on the estate of laguna del taray

day 7

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * on the estate of laguna del taray

day 8

morning photography in various hides * on the estate of laguna del taray,then transfer to madrid & flight to home location

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

2020 – Birdlife of the Rio Grande Valley, Texas Photography Holiday

An image typical of those that will be captured at the Laguna Seca Ranch during the NaturesLens Birdlife of the Rio Grande Valley Photography Holiday
Join David in the Rio Grande Valley, one of the premier areas in North America to view & capture images of the wildlife. The format of this 8 night trip will be to make use of three of the best ranches in the Rio Grande area, to enable you to get some stunning images of mammals, raptors & other birds that can be photographed from the hides.
As a bonus, for at least two of the days, we will be guided by Hector D. Astorga, who will be on hand to ensure that we make the best use of the photographic opportunities available to us.
The Rio Grande Valley is a well known hot spot for a large variety of bird species, some of which are unique to this area.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the fantastic birdlife of Texas, in United States, during the Birdlife of the Rio Grande Valley, Texas photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 8 night/9 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3999  £3799 per participant.
The three ranches which we will make use of are:
Laguna Seca Ranch with their collection of elevated & ground level hides for photographing songbirds & raptors. The ranch is comprised of 700 acres of pristine brushland with hides that have been designed with photographers & their needs in mind. All the hides are located near water holes or areas where there are no trees within at least 100 feet, thereby ensuring perfect backgrounds.
Martin Refuge is located in 300-acre thick South Texan brush, rich with tremendous biodiversity of birds, mammals & reptiles. The hides have been professionally designed & are set back from small water holes, close to feeding areas to allow you to capture the wildlife as they wander in for refreshments. Some of the hides here have been sunk into the ground which gives you a perfect eye-level view of your subject, which, of course, is key to a great wildlife image. The Martin Refuge boasts some of the best raptor photography experiences, especially if you are hoping to add images of Crested Caracara & Harris Hawk to your portfolio.
Santa Clara Ranch is a 300-acre parcel of native South Texan brush where the wildlife roams freely, thanks to a conservation easement which prevents hunting & ensures that the native brush will remain untouched in perpetuity at the ranch. Water features & feeding stations have been placed throughout the property to attract wildlife which can be photographed from low-level & elevated hides positioned to optimise morning & afternoon light. The elevated hides are dedicated to raptor photography & in the past, have exceeded expectations with numerous raptors coming to perch just 35-40 feet away!
The price includes all ground transportation within Texas, comfortable accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis, all photography activities at the ranches, with the split being 3 days at Santa Clara Ranch, 2 at Laguna Seca Ranch, & 2 at Martin Refuge, plus guidance from our local guide, who is himself an accomplished & recognised Texan wildlife photographer.
Photographable Species: american kestrel, black vulture, cooper's hawk, crested caracara, golden-fronted woodpecker, great horned owl, green jay, harris hawk, indigo snake, leopard frog, oriole, painted bunting, red-tailed hawk, texas tortoise, thrasher, turkey vulture, western diamondback rattlesnake, white-tailed hawk

Birdlife of the Rio Grande Valley, Texas Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - saturday - 9th may, 2020

flight to mcallen international airport, texas from home location, transfer to edinburg

day 2 - sunday - 10th may, 2020

full day of photography at martin's refuge

day 3 - monday - 11th may, 2020

full day of photography at martin's refuge

day 4 - tuesday - 12th may, 2020

full day of photography at laguna seca ranch

day 5 - wednesday - 13th may, 2020

full day of photography at laguna seca ranch

day 6 - thursday - 14th may, 2020

full day of photography at santa clara ranch

day 7 - friday - 15th may, 2020

full day of photography at santa clara ranch

day 8 - saturday - 16th may, 2020

full day of photography at santa clara ranch

day 9 - sunday - 17th may, 2020

transfer to mcallen international airport, flight to home location

An image typical of those that will be captured during the NaturesLens Birdlife of the Rio Grande Valley Photography Holiday