2022 – Winter Eagles of the Hortobágy Photography Holiday

A White tailed Sea Eagle strides across the ground in front of one of the hides photographed at the locations for the Winter Eagles of the Hortobagy photography holiday
Join Robin for exceptional wildlife & bird hide photography in the Hortobágy National Park in eastern Hungary. Hortobágy is a national park rich with rich flora & fauna. The area was designated as a national park in 1973, & elected among the World Heritage sites in 1999. This particular photographic tour combines both hide photography &, by request, stalking photography. Through the holiday, we will make use of at least four permanent hides, facilitating photography of the region’s wildlife, our main target being the Winter Eagles, specifically the White-tailed Eagles, for which Hortobágy is rightly famous.
Our local guides have many years of experience in guiding photographers within the Hortobágy National Park, & they established their own hide network to facilitate the best photographic opportunities of the Winter Eagles & other birds, leading to the building of their unique photo-through panorama hides!
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Winter Eagles, in Hungary, during the Winter Eagles of the Hortobágy photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 5 night/6 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1299 per participant.
Within the Hortobágy National Park, many subjects are found; species that we hope to capture images of include the White-tailed Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Common Buzzard, Caspian Gull, Jackdaw & more. Whilst at the passerine hide, species should consist of Lesser & Middle-Spotted Woodpeckers, Siskin, Hawfinch, Bullfinch.
The four days spent in the hides will be long, but hopefully productive; after an early breakfast at the hotel, lunch & snacks are taken into the hides. We will enter the eagle hides at about 5 am & leave the hides at 5 pm.
Our trip uses the excellent Bíbic Nature Lodge in Balmazújváros, perfectly located to reach any of the hides included in our itinerary.
According to eagle activity, the intent is to rotate the group around the quartet of hides available to us. Should someone wish to spend several days in the same hide, this is also achievable. We will have four whole days for photography during this tour which allows three days in the eagle hides & one day in the Passerine drinking hide.
Our local guides will additionally facilitate a visit to one of the large Long-eared Owl day-roosts which have up to 200 birds present in winter.
Photographable Species: common buzzard, eastern imperial eagle, saker falcon, white-tailed sea eagle

Winter Eagles of the Hortobágy Photography Holiday Itinerary

To be confirmed
A beautiful Saker falcon on snow photographed at the locations for the Winter Eagles of the Hortobagy photography holiday

2022 – Birdlife of 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 Texas photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 8 night/9 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3999  £3749 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 Texas Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

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

day 2

full day of photography at martin's refuge

day 3

full day of photography at santa clara ranch

day 4

full day of photography at santa clara ranch

day 5

full day of photography at santa clara ranch

day 6

full day of photography at laguna seca ranch

day 7

full day of photography at laguna seca ranch

day 8

full day of photography at laguna seca ranch

day 9

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

2022 – Spanish Wildlife & 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 tour to wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional ability, join David in escaping to the diverse landscape of the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain, you will spend many hours from dawn to dusk making use of an amazing custom-built hide network within the estate of El Taray, which includes ground-level, floating, water-level & sunken hides to capture images of bearded reedling, warblers, collared pratincole, sandpipers, iberian yellow wagtailkentish ploverkingfisherlapwing, grebes of various type, moorhenpin-tailed sandgrouseshelduckspotless starling, the brilliant stone curlewwater rail & more; & of course, the lesser kestrel , plus a variety of other species that are indigenous to the region. Making use of an astonishing network of custom-built hides, which are spread throughout the property, you will be provided with the best bird photography moments possible, capturing birds in flight, within their habitats & interacting with one another.
As usual, our small group size ensures that you have excellent use of the hides, allowing you to capture dramatic images from the best angles, with photography guidance provided by David where needed.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of a truly immense selection of birds found on & around the estate of Laguna del Taray, in Spain, during the Spanish Wildlife & Birdlife of Toledo photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board with Drinks Included, 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 the estate of El Taray to be found in the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain, all contribute to an experience not to be missed. This photographic holiday is one which will add many species to your photographic portfolio. From the splendid Goshawks & Harriers to the diminutive lesser kestrels, all living side by side in the local ecosystem, which exists in this region. Castile-La Mancha is the region of Spain within which the action of the famous Spanish novel Don Quixote of Cervantes takes place; it is a symbol of the Spanish culture with sunflowers, windmills & El Quijote.
Our Spanish Birds of Toldeo photography tour provides you with a week packed with hide sessions, where your photography will benefit from unparalleled access to locations; the hides are situated strategically within the landscape to provide the best opportunity to photograph a stunning range of bird species.
Additionally, you will have at least two hide sessions devoted to the photography of the lesser kestrel colony, from conceivably the best duo of lesser kestrel hides that we have ever seen!
One morning will see you undertake a photography session dedicated to the goshawk, assuming that the species remains present on the estate, & a during the afternoon a further session devoted to photography of the harriers, buzzards & kites.
Two sessions will be devoted to photography from floating hides, these sessions are a lot of fun & allow for unique photos of birds on the water to be captured, however, should this not be for you, we will adjust your itinerary so that this activity is replaced with a different, but equally exciting, hide experience.
In addition, there are hides for little owl, for wading birds where the hides are sunken into the ground, hides for endemic birds at a drinking pool, hides amongst reed beds for bearded reedlings, reed buntings & more – you will be able to make use of all of these during your 7 night Spanish birds photography holiday.
The estate of El Taray is found in the Province of Toledo & the Castile-La Mancha region, in the central part of the country, 100 km south of the capital Madrid.
The NaturesLens Spanish Birds of Toldeo photography holiday is a unique opportunity to photograph some of the estate’s varied & distinct birdlife, including various raptors, many of the indigenous Spanish species, plus of course the lesser kestrel colony &, hopefully, the Goshawk.
The beautiful landscape, filled as far as you can see with olive groves, offers keen wildlife photographers the ideal opportunity for capturing fabulous images of all the birdlife, but within the groves, particularly, we hope the little owl.
We provide full-board accommodation – with this being 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 Wildlife & 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

2022 – 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 tour to wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional ability, join David in escaping to the diverse landscape of the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain, you will spend many hours from dawn to dusk making use of an amazing custom-built hide network within the estate of El Taray, which includes ground-level, floating, water-level & sunken hides to capture images of bearded reedling, warblers, collared pratincole, sandpipers, iberian yellow wagtailkentish ploverkingfisherlapwing, grebes of various type, moorhenpin-tailed sandgrouseshelduckspotless starling, the brilliant stone curlewwater rail & more; & of course, the lesser kestrel , plus a variety of other species that are indigenous to the region. Making use of an astonishing network of custom-built hides, which are spread throughout the property, you will be provided with the best bird photography moments possible, capturing birds in flight, within their habitats & interacting with one another.
As usual, our small group size ensures that you have excellent use of the hides, allowing you to capture dramatic images from the best angles, with photography guidance provided by David where needed.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of a truly immense selection of birds found on & around the estate of Laguna del Taray, in Spain, during the Spanish Birdlife of Toledo photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board with Drinks Included, 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 the estate of El Taray to be found in the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain, all contribute to an experience not to be missed. This photographic holiday is one which will add many species to your photographic portfolio. From the splendid Goshawks & Harriers to the diminutive lesser kestrels, all living side by side in the local ecosystem, which exists in this region. Castile-La Mancha is the region of Spain within which the action of the famous Spanish novel Don Quixote of Cervantes takes place; it is a symbol of the Spanish culture with sunflowers, windmills & El Quijote.
Our Spanish Birds of Toldeo photography holiday provides you with a week packed with hide sessions, where your photography will benefit from unparalleled access to locations; the hides are situated strategically within the landscape to provide the best opportunity to photograph a stunning range of bird species.
Additionally, you will have at least two hide sessions devoted to the photography of the lesser kestrel colony, from conceivably the best duo of lesser kestrel hides that we have ever seen!
One morning will see you undertake a photography session dedicated to the goshawk, assuming that the species remains present on the estate, & a during the afternoon a further session devoted to photography of the harriers, buzzards & kites.
Two sessions will be devoted to photography from floating hides, these sessions are a lot of fun & allow for unique photos of birds on the water to be captured, however, should this not be for you, we will adjust your itinerary so that this activity is replaced with a different, but equally exciting, hide experience.
In addition, there are hides for little owl, for wading birds where the hides are sunken into the ground, hides for endemic birds at a drinking pool, hides amongst reed beds for bearded reedlings, reed buntings & more – you will be able to make use of all of these during your 7 night Spanish birds photography holiday.
The estate of El Taray is found in the Province of Toledo & the Castile-La Mancha region, in the central part of the country, 100 km south of the capital Madrid.
The NaturesLens Spanish Birds of Toldeo photography holiday is a unique opportunity to photograph some of the estate’s varied & distinct birdlife, including various raptors, many of the indigenous Spanish species, plus of course the lesser kestrel colony &, hopefully, the Goshawk.
The beautiful landscape, filled as far as you can see with olive groves, offers keen wildlife photographers the ideal opportunity for capturing fabulous images of all the birdlife, but within the groves, particularly, we hope the little owl.
We provide full-board accommodation – with this being 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

Mediterranean Wildlife of Andalucia Photography Holiday

We are excited to be able to invite guests of NaturesLens to join us for this 7-night wildlife photography holiday to Andalucia & the kingdom of the Iberian Lynx , the Spanish Imperial Eagle & the Black Vulture.
During this wildlife photography holiday, we will spend time photographing the various mammals & birds found within the Sierra of Andujar.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Mediterranean Wildlife of Andalucia including the Imperial Eagle & the Iberian lynx, in Spain, during the Mediterranean Wildlife of Andalucia photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £2999  £2749 per participant.
Throughout this wildlife photography holiday, we hope to be able to photograph Iberian Lynx, Red Deer, Red-legged Partridge, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sardinian Warbler, Robin, Crested Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Hawfinch, Rock Bunting, Dunnock & more besides.
The highlight though is the possibility of spotting the elusive Iberian lynx – the world’s rarest cat.
As well as 4×4 safaris, we will make use of hides that have been established within the areas. One hide is located by a waterhole & species which have been photographed here include Iberian Lynx, Red Deer, Red-legged Partridge, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sardinian Warbler, Robin, Crested Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Hawfinch, Rock Bunting, Dunnock plus more. Another hide has been placed for birds of prey & the lynx. Species which have been photographed at this hide include Northern Goshawk, Common Buzzard, Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture, Spanish Imperial Eagle & of course, the Iberian Lynx.
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This wildlife photography holiday is perfect for photographers who wish to photograph one of the rarest cats in the world, the Iberian lynx. The typically small guest group size ensures that we have the best chance for encounters with this elusive cat. In addition to the hides, during the 4×4 safaris, we also search for the Iberian lynx both on public & private land.
Thanks to colossal conservation efforts, the Iberian Lynx is back from the edge of extinction; however, only 900 individuals exist in the wild, the bulk of these are concentrated in the rugged & unspoilt regions of Southern Spain.
The Iberian Lynx is about twice as big as a large house cat, its hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs. The tail is short & has a black tip. The brown fur typically is made up of many tones.
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Please do be aware that the Iberian Lynx is a rare & shy animal so quiet & patience is required. The chance of success is estimated to be reasonable but not in any way guaranteed.
For this reason, our itinerary will be flexible with regards to the hide sessions & 4 x 4 safaris to give you the best chance of success.
All participants must be aware that these animals are timid & do not show themselves for long.
All that said, if you manage to photograph the Iberian Lynx, then this will be amongst the top wildlife encounters that you can experience & one that you will never forget because the Iberian lynx is genuinely, in our opinion, the most beautiful & rarest cat on our planet.
Photographable Species: Iberian lynx, black vulture, blue tit, common buzzard, crested tit, dunnock, great tit, great-spotted woodpecker, griffon vulture, hawfinch, iberian green woodpecker, northern goshawk, red deer, red-legged partridge, robin, rock bunting, sardinian warbler, spanish imperial eagle

Mediterranean Wildlife of Andalucia Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to malaga from home location & transfer to sierra de andujar - overnight in sierra de andujar

day 2

morning in the hides - 4x4 safari during the afternoon or all day photography in the raptor & lynx hide - overnight in sierra de andujar

day 3

4x4 safari during the morning - afternoon in the hides or all day photography in the raptor & lynx hide - overnight in sierra de andujar

day 4

morning in the hides - 4x4 safari during the afternoon or all day photography in the raptor & lynx hide - overnight in sierra de andujar

day 5

4x4 safari during the morning - afternoon in the hides or all day photography in the raptor & lynx hide - overnight in sierra de andujar

day 6

morning in the hides - 4x4 safari during the afternoon or all day photography in the raptor & lynx hide - overnight in sierra de andujar

day 7

4x4 safari during the morning - afternoon in the hides or all day photography in the raptor & lynx hide - overnight in sierra de andujar

day 8

morning in the hides - transfer to malaga - overnight in sierra de andujar

2021 – Spanish Golden Eagle & Lammergeier Photography Holiday

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
Join Pui Hang 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 Spanish Golden Eagle & Lammergeier photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 4 night/5 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1899 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

Spanish Golden Eagle & Lammergeier 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

2023 – Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

Stellars Sea Eagle in flight
NaturesLens invites you to spend this 14 night/15 day tour traveling throughout the wonderfully diverse landscapes of Japan, specifically Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido, getting up close to a wide range of native species that thrive in harsh winter conditions. Our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday, which we have been leading for the last 7 years, covers a variety of areas, providing you with unique opportunities to undertake wildlife photography of the highest quality.
Guided by David & Ian, you will visit Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido & gain an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife that exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions. The photographic opportunities on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography tour are always without parallel – with opportunities to photograph the red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, during this photography holiday.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the red-crowned cranes, Steller's sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & the Snow Monkeys, in Japan, during the Winter Wildlife of Japan photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 14 night/15 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £6499  £5999 per participant.
Join David & Ian to travel deep into stunning snow-covered landscapes, capturing beautiful images of wildlife which thrives during harsher seasons in Japan. Our group will travel throughout several different regions, including the mountainous area around Yudanaka in central Japan, & north of the mainland to the island of Hokkaido, giving you an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions.
Our trip offers enthusiastic wildlife photographers the opportunity to rise early for two dawn visits to the famous red-crowned crane roosting sites of the Tsurui region of Hokkaido; spend two days at the Akan red-crowned crane feeding centre; & spend two days observing the beautiful whooper swans which inhabit Lake Kussharo, a frozen caldera lake in the eastern region of Hokkaido.
Not only this, but our trip is unique in offering six boat trips on the drift ice of the Nemuro Strait to photograph Hokkaido’s fabulous Steller’s sea & white-tailed eagle populations as they fly, feed, dive for fish & fight over scraps. These excursions will give you unique access to the native wildlife at each location, providing ample opportunity to obtain incredible images.
Our tour begins in Tokyo; from there we immediately transfer to Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, which holds the most remote & only true wilderness in Japan. North of the island, the Shiretoko Peninsula is recognised for its world heritage site status, as the landscapes of dramatic coastline & soaring mountains are stunning, giving you the perfect backdrop to achieve editorial quality images of the wildlife inhabitants. As we travel across the island, you will have the opportunity to photograph a vast selection of Japanese Winter Wildlife, including red-crowned cranes, black-eared kites, whooper swans as well as white-tailed & Steller’s sea eagles as we cruise through drift ice environments which surround the island & across additional feeding sites on the Nemuro Peninsula to the east of the island.
We will then move onward to Yudanaka & spend two days at the Jigokudani snow monkey site with the Japanese Macaque, also known as the Snow Monkey, in the mountains, at their thermal spa, as they bathe & feed in the area. We give you the second day here so that you have the chance to fine-tune your photography having become more familiar with the environment & the behaviour of this species. After spending the morning with the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Yaen Koen, we will travel to Yamanakako. Our final location is on the shores of  Lake Yamanaka; the view of Mt. Fuji from the lake is breathtaking & has a distinctive shape – making for an iconic image to complete your Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday.
Japan is an extraordinary country, & our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday provides wildlife photographers with unrivaled opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful photographs.
In order to present the best photographic opportunities the majority of locations that we make use of throughout this photography holiday are rural or remote in nature, as such food is often based on seafood & is traditional Japanese in style – westernised menus are frequently not available – if you wish to discuss this further prior to booking please contact us.
Group size is limited to between 4 & 6 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

flight to tokyo from home location

day 2

meet at haneda domestic terminal & transfer to hokkaido

day 3

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

day 4

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

day 5

full-day photography of whooper swans

day 6

half-day photography of whooper swans & transfer to rausu

day 7

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

day 8

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

day 9

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

day 10

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

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

day 12

drive from haneda to yudanaka

day 13

snow monkey photography

day 14

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

day 15

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

2021 – Winter Wildlife of Calera Photography Holiday

One of the magnificent Spanish Eagles perched on a fallen tree at the Valley Hide - photographed in the same hides & locations used for the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Calera Photography Holiday
Now on our calendar for the last 7 years, 2021 will see a new wildlife photography trip to capture images of the wildlife of the area of Calera y Chozas. Calera y Chozas is a municipality located in the province of Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain, which we visit due to a great network of hides which has been established in the area. Our new photography trip to photograph the winter wildlife of Calera takes place during in December when the temperatures are lower & some of the species more prolific!
This will be a tour of seven days duration, including six nights full-board accommodation in a small but local hotel, with 5 full days of photography of the species that are in the area at this time of year – all against the backdrop of the – hopefully – snow-covered Gredos Mountains!
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the species that make up the Winter Wildlife of Calera, in Spain, during the Winter Wildlife of Calera photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 6 night/7 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1699  £1549 per participant.
For one of the days during the week, you will spend an entire day in a hide which is dedicated to capturing images of the regal Spanish Imperial Eagle. This session will last from approximately 9 am until 4 pm.
For another day, you will spend a whole day in a hide which is dedicated to capturing images of marsh harriers, buzzards & kites, plus the occasional visit from another Imperial Eagle, the various species that frequent this hide often fight amongst themselves making for dramatic images – this session will last from approximately 9 am until 3 pm.
A third day will see you spend a day in the valley hide which is dedicated to capturing images of the Egyptian Mongoose & Kites, both Black & Red, plus the occasional visit from larger raptors such as the Golden & Imperial Eagles, the various species that frequent this hide often fight amongst themselves making for dramatic images – this session will last from approximately 8:30 am until 3:30 pm.
A further day will be split, with the morning spent in the black vultures hide which is dedicated to capturing images of the Black & Griffon plus Kites, both Black & Red, after lunch, your photography will be focussed on smaller birds at drinking pools & feeding locations.
The fifth day will see both sessions dedicated to photography of the Northern Goshawk, with both morning & afternoon sessions devoted to photographic opportunities with this impressive species of raptor.
There are options, however, these will be discussed during the first evening & we will try to accommodate requests.
If three people wish to substitute in a day for photographing Spanish Ibex in the mountains, this can be accommodated, there is a degree of fitness required for this, it is of moderate difficulty.
If Red Partridge is in the area, we will accommodate photography of these within the schedule where possible.
If activity at the European Cranes location is good, then this will also be discussed & we will accommodate photography of these within the schedule where possible.
We have been taking guests to capture images in this region of Spain, using these hides for the past 7 years, & we can honestly say that the range of bird species which thrive in Calera is a sight to behold – the addition of a winter trip to capture images of the winter wildlife of Calera should provide a view on the species of this area very different to that found during the Spring visit!
Our package offers a full-board accommodation & meal package, with airport transfers included, to ensure that all you need to worry about is taking unique & mesmerising photographs.
Photographable Species: black kite, black vulture, buzzard, egyptian mongoose, european crane, golden eagle, griffon vulture, ibex, imperial eagle, marsh harrier, red kite, red partridge

Winter Wildlife of Calera Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

arrive adolfo suárez madrid–barajas airport & transfer to calera y chozas

day 2

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in calera y chozas

day 3

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in calera y chozas

day 4

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in calera y chozas

day 5

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in calera y chozas

day 6

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in calera y chozas

day 7

transfer to adolfo suárez madrid–barajas airport

An Egyptian Mongoose stares into the hide – photographed in the same hides & locations used for the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Calera Photography Holiday
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