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  £2249 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.
One Of The Colony Of European Rollers   Photographed On The Laguna Del Taray Estate Used For The NaturesLens Spanish Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday
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.
One Of The Marsh Harriers, Mantling Over Food, In Front Of One Of The Hides   Photographed On The Estate Used For The NaturesLens Spanish Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday
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.
Accommodation is provided on a half-board basis – a light breakfast before heading to the hides & ending with a meal after the evening session in the hides. 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 - saturday - 27th june, 2020

flight to madrid from home location & transfer to tembleque

day 2 - sunday - 28th june, 2020

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

day 3 - monday - 29th june, 2020

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

day 4 - tuesday - 30th june, 2020

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 - wednesday - 1st july, 2020

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

day 6 - thursday - 2nd july, 2020

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

day 7 - friday - 3rd july, 2020

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

day 9 - saturday - 4th july, 2020

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 – Golden Eagles of the Swedish Winter Photography Holiday

A Close Up Of One Of The Golden Eagles Feeding In The Snow   Image Captured During The NaturesLens Golden Eagles Of Swedish Winter Photography Holiday
Join NaturesLens on the edges of the snow-covered forests of northern Sweden to photograph the Golden Eagles of the Swedish Winter; spend 4 full-days in the hide observing breath-taking scenes as golden eagles soar & settle in their remote & unspoilt habitats, in the area surrounding Skellefteå. Robin Lowry will assist you in taking stunning photographs of this remarkable bird species, as well as others, with the dramatic mountainous & forested landscape providing the perfect backdrop. This is an extraordinary wildlife photography trip, designed with photographers in mind to ensure you are given the best experience possible.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the Golden Eagles & other birdlife, in Sweden, during the Golden Eagles of the Swedish Winter photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 5 night/6 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1599  £1499 per participant.
We invite you to join us between the dates of 3rd - 8th March 2020, & spend time within the forested wilderness of Sweden, photographing the indigenous golden eagles as they thrive in this wintery wonderland. Robin, a member of the NaturesLens guiding team, will provide assistance & guidance on an as-needed basis, assisting you in obtaining the best possible images. Photographing these impressive birds within stunning forested & mountainous landscapes, you will have opportunities to capture motion shots of the birds in flight, soaring above as they track prey, feeding, & resting within their protected habitats.
Illuminated By Beautiful Light, One Of The Golden Eagles In The Snow   Image Captured During The NaturesLens Golden Eagles Of The Swedish Winter Photography Holiday
Alongside golden eagles live a wide variety of additional bird species; such as the northern bullfinch, jays & the grey-headed woodpecker, which you will also have the opportunity to capture on camera. The heavy snowfall we expect in this region during the time of our visit only makes the scenery more dramatic, providing an incredible backdrop for wildlife photography.
From the comfortable hides, which are new for the winter 2018/2019 season, you will have the chance to use both wide angle & close-up lenses, as the hides are placed in locations from which it is favourable to capture the eagles both at ground level & in the sky.
You will spend full days in the brand-new hides, making the most of the changing light conditions throughout the day to take the most spectacular photographs. The hides offer heating & comfortable interiors, therefore protecting you from the icy conditions outside while ensuring that your photography experience is both lucrative & enjoyable.
Our Golden Eagles of the Swedish Winter Photography Holiday offers some exceptional photographic opportunities; designed & led by photographers for photographers to ensure that every element of the photographic adventure enables you to achieve images that you will be proud to add to your portfolio.
The Golden Eagles of the Swedish Winter Photography Holiday is led by Robin Lowry for NaturesLens. This photography holiday is offered on a full board, non-shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 4 participants & a maximum of 6, plus Robin.
We consider this to be an experience with a comfortable level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us before making a booking enquiry. The photography holiday starts & ends at Skellefteå Airport.
Photographable Species: golden eagle, grey-headed woodpecker, northern bullfinch, siberian jay

Golden Eagles of the Swedish Winter Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - tuesday - 3rd march, 2020

flight to skellefteå from home location & transfer to a small village east of skellefteå

day 2 - wednesday - 4th march, 2020

all-day photography from within the golden eagle hide

day 3 - thursday - 5th march, 2020

all-day photography from within the golden eagle hide

day 4 - friday - 6th march, 2020

all-day photography from within the golden eagle hide

day 5 - saturday - 7th march, 2020

all-day photography from within the golden eagle hide

day 6 - sunday - 8th march, 2020

transfer to skellefteå & flight to home location

Flying In Beautiful Light, One Of The Golden Eagles Takes To The Air   Image Captured During The NaturesLens Golden Eagles Of The Swedish Winter Photography Holiday

2019 – Raptors & Eagles of Extremadura Photography Holiday

An Imperial Eagle   Photographed At The Location Used For The NaturesLens Bonellis, Golden & Imperial Eagles Of Spain Photography Holiday
Join Alan on a new & inspiring photography tour suited to wildlife enthusiasts, photographing several of the species of eagles of Extremadura in Spain – specifically the Imperial Eagle, the Bonelli’s Eagle & the Booted Eagle. As with many of our photography holidays, we have planned this Eagles of Extremadura photography holiday for enthusiastic photographers who would like to focus on specific species but to have access to photograph some of the other birdlife found in Extremadura.
Our photography holiday has been timed to offer the best opportunities for being able to photograph these three magnificent eagles, plus a magnificent location which has a healthy population of Common Kestrel.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the fabulous Imperial Eagle, the Bonelli's Eagle & the Booted Eagle, in Spain, during the Raptors & Eagles of Extremadura photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 5 night/6 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1599 per participant.
For the duration of this trip, you are based in Herreruela, a small town located near Cáceres; this town is the capital of Cáceres province, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, it is here that you will spend 5 night on a full-board basis.
The days will consist of early starts & late evenings to take advantage of the best light, & also so as not to scare the birds in any way. Three of the photography sessions are dedicated to photography of the Eagles from hides hidden in the landscape.
The first, the Booted Eagle is the smallest of the species of Eagle found in Spain, with a length of 42-53 cm & a wingspan of 110-135 cm.
The next eagle up in size is the Bonelli’s Eagle, which you will also have the opportunity to photograph from a brilliant hide set-up that has an expanse of Spanish plain behind it, no need to fill the frame with the bird for these images – although you will want to do that too – but do show off the landscape in which these birds live.
The third of the eagle species is the Spanish Imperial Eagle, this large eagle has a pale cream head & neck, but dark brown feathers elsewhere. There is a distinctive white area on the shoulders & a pale grey area on the upper tail, & the species can be recognised by its particularly smooth gliding flight. Unlike the Booted & Bonelli’s Eagles, the Spanish imperial eagle is classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.
One Of The Magnificent Booted Eagles   Photographed At The Location Used For The NaturesLens Bonellis, Golden & Imperial Eagles Of Spain Photography Holiday
The target species for this photography tour are the trio of the Eagles of Extremadura, the Imperial Eagle, the Bonelli’s Eagle & the Booted Eagle, but you will have opportunities to capture images of the Common Kestrels that are found in the area & also the nesting Bee-Eater.
Working from dawn ’til dusk, with Alan, achieving images of this wonderful range of species in action, this is an experience you won’t want to miss!
Photographable Species: bee-eater, bonellis eagle, booted eagle, common kestrel, imperial eagle
Please note that the Booted Eagle & Common Kestrel hides are new for the 2018 season – as such we hope that these will be available for the 2019 dates, should they not be, the area has plenty of other hides that we can make use of as a substitute.

Raptors & Eagles of Extremadura Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - monday - 6th may, 2019

flight to lisbon from home location & transfer to herreruela

day 2 - tuesday - 7th may, 2019

morning & afternoon photography from hides near herreruela

day 3 - wednesday - 8th may, 2019

morning & afternoon photography from hides near herreruela

day 4 - thursday - 9th may, 2019

morning & afternoon photography from hides near herreruela

day 7 - friday - 10th may, 2019

morning & afternoon photography from hides near herreruela

day 8 - saturday - 11th may, 2019

optional morning photography from hides near herreruela, transfer to lisbon & flight to home location

One Of The Bonellis Eagles   Photographed At The Location Used For The NaturesLens Bonellis, Golden & Imperial Eagles Of Spain Photography Holiday

2020 – White-tailed Sea Eagles of Lithuania Photography Holiday

One Of The White Tailed Sea Eagles On The Snow Of A Frozen Pasture   Photographed At The Locations Used For The NaturesLens White Tailed Sea Eagles Of Lithuania Photography Holiday
Visualise yourself visiting a location on a frozen pasture on the Nemunas Delta, accompanied by Alan Hewitt & Boris Belchev, with both singular birds & groups of 14-16 White-tailed Sea Eagles gathering in front of the photography hide in which you are sited. Your photographic opportunities are both abundant & presented directly in front of you; that is the nature of this White-tailed Sea Eagles of Lithuania Photography Holiday: seeing congregations of eagles is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the natural world.
The White-tailed Sea Eagles are not too wary of the hides, & due to the quantities that are attracted by the additional food that is placed out for them, they feel secure & will spend time in front of the hides, feeding, fighting, posing & more. The eagles vary in maturity & consequently behaviour, with the range from juvenile, through sub adult, to the awe-inspiring adult birds.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the fabulous White-tailed Sea Eagles, in Lithuania, during the White-tailed Sea Eagles of Lithuania photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 5 night/6 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1199  £1049 per participant.
The Nemunas Delta has a good breeding population of approximately 50 pairs of White-tailed Sea Eagles, &, generally, there are plenty of birds to photograph. With these eagles, you can expect exciting activity & action photography of this massive raptor; any gathering of eagles in these quantities invariably leads to fights over the additional food set out for them. If we are lucky enough to get snow for our visit, then the fighting can reach frenzied levels & leads to incredible photographic opportunities.
Each day, Alan & Boris (our local guide) will get you settled into the hide, light the gas heaters to warm the group, & will then provide any assistance you need to prepare for the day ahead. We would stress that from this point onwards, nobody is allowed to leave the hide under any circumstances until after dark for the reason noted above. It is anticipated that in total the group will spend approx 11-12 hours each day in the hide.
Cameras & lenses are moved into position & set up under cover of darkness, we then play a waiting game & get comfortable, anticipating the arrival of the eagles.
Previous years sessions conducted by our local guide have shown the general pattern of the day to be the White-tailed Sea Eagles visiting at first light, followed by several frantic hours of action before these birds depart mid-morning – on several days, however, the Eagles stayed virtually all day. In the absence of the White-tailed Sea Eagles, foxes & many other birds are present & provide photographic opportunities; these include raven, hooded crow, magpies, common gull, caspian gull, herring gull, greater black-backed gull & both grey heron & great white egret. Mid-afternoon generally sees the return of the White-tailed Sea Eagles for further feeding; again the action can be spectacular.
One of the White-tailed Sea Eagles soars aboves the pastures of the Nemunas Delta - photographed at the hides & locations used for the NaturesLens White-tailed Sea Eagles of Lithuania Photography Holiday
It should be noted that the White-tailed Sea Eagles activity is very dependent on the weather, the harsher the weather, the better the action is likely to be. Extreme weather is unlikely to be a problem in the heart of Nemunas delta in winter though unless we are incredibly unlucky.
As the sun sets & darkness falls, we are collected from the hide & driven back to our lodgings where an evening meal will be served.
Photographable Species: caspian gull, common gull, great white egret, greater blackbacked gull, grey heron, herring gull, hooded crow, magpies, raven, red fox, white-tailed sea eagle

White-tailed Sea Eagles of Lithuania Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - monday - 20th january, 2020

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

day 2 - tuesday - 21st january, 2020

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

day 3 - wednesday - 22nd january, 2020

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

day 4 - thursday - 23rd january, 2020

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

day 5 - friday - 24th january, 2020

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

day 6 - saturday - 25th january, 2020

transfer to palanga international airport & flight to home location

One Of The White Tailed Sea Eagles Sits High In The Trees Above The Nemunas Delta   Photographed At The Locations Used For The NaturesLens White Tailed Sea Eagles Of Lithuania Photography Holiday

2023 – Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon Photography Holiday

A Grizzly Bear Walking Through The Snow   Captured During The Natureslens Ice Grizzlies Of The Yukon Photography Holiday
Join David & Pui Hang on a wild Canadian experience, travelling into the depths of Yukon wilderness in October 2023 to capture individual images of the native grizzly bear, also known as the Ice Grizzlies, as they feed on spawning salmon in the Fishing Branch River. The particular conditions & sub-zero temperatures in & around this river transforms the Grizzlies into ice bears, as their fur becomes frozen & frosted; effectively changing their appearance as photography subjects.
Only a fortunate few can witness this spectacle annually, & the unique nature of this wildlife photography experience means that we can only offer at most three places on this trip, so early booking is essential.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of native grizzly bear on the banks of the Fishing Branch river, in Canada, during the Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £9999 per participant.
NaturesLens invites wildlife photography enthusiasts on a trip to a national park deep in the Yukon region, Canada’s wildest & most unspoilt territory, to capture remarkable images of the Ice Grizzlies as they feed on spawning salmon. This natural wonder only occurs for six weeks of the year so the lucky few who get to observe this event will take home memories to treasure for years to come.
The area for this wildlife photography holiday lies within a snowball’s throw of the Arctic Circle in the Fishing Branch Protected Area, where the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation & the regional government have joined hands to set aside 2,500 sq. miles of pristine wilderness as Yukon’s largest regional park.
In this area of the Yukon the grizzly bears stay active for as long as the food remains viable – and late salmon runs mean food until mid-November.
The chum salmon draw the grizzly bears to the Bear Cave Mountain area. To prepare for denning, these magnificent giants of the forest take advantage of the abundant food supply as they enter Stage 4 of the process known as hyperphagia, which simply means they eat and drink excessively in preparation for denning. Every fall, in the shadow of craggy mountains, as many as 40 grizzly bears amble along the river’s banks, foraging their limit of chum salmon, which have journeyed two thousand kilometres from the Bering Sea to spawn and die. It is a sight to behold as the grizzly excels at fishing.
By mid-October, winter settles in at Bear Cave Mountain and, along with the winter elements, the Grizzlies are transformed into “Ice Bears”.
During November the frosty, satiated bears then head up Bear Cave Mountain to den in its numerous caves and crevices. A protective layer of fat enables the bears to rest in their dens for the winter, but as they do not truly hibernate, they can easily be awakened.
A Grizzly Bear Stands On Rocks In A Creek   Captured During The Natureslens Ice Grizzlies Of The Yukon Photography Holiday
The period to witness this phenomenon is short, just six weeks long, in which the Grizzlies gather to feast on the spawning salmon. Their feeding behaviour is intense during this period as they are attempting to put on enough weight to last them through their hibernation in nearby limestone caverns over the winter months & the Fishing Branch River is the key to it all.
Fed by underground springs, Fishing Branch River remains unfrozen throughout the year, & every autumn 35,000 chum salmon make the 1,500-mile odyssey from the Bering Sea to spawn in its pure waters. At times there are so many fish in the river you feel you could walk across it on their backs without getting your feet wet.
The salmon, in turn, attract the Grizzlies, as many as 40 every season & as they wade through the river an extraordinary transformation takes place.
Within minutes their wet fur freezes in the sub-zero temperatures & they become Ice Grizzlies to the delight of wildlife photographers.
Being allowed into the park is a limited right, as the region is very sacred to the indigenous Vuntut Gwitchin communities who reside in the area, & put great ancestral & cultural value on the land & the environment within the park. The 2500sq miles which make up the park was set aside by the government & local communities as an area for preservation, & the opportunity to capture its rarely disturbed wildlife population on camera is not one to miss out on.
A guide with in-depth knowledge of the wildlife & culture of the Yukon national park, & in particular the Ice Grizzlies, will lead us throughout the experience,; both he & David & Pui Hang will assist you in obtaining editorial-quality images that genuinely communicate the magic of this remarkable wildlife spectacle.
Our trip includes a two hour chartered helicopter journey from Dawson City to Fishing Branch River, which takes us across a far-reaching emptiness of deep-frozen rivers & boreal forests bounded by range upon range of white mountains punching to the sky. You will also enjoy seven nights full-board accommodation in a charming log cabin situated moments from the bank of the river; involving you deeply in the action yet providing a cosy retreat from the harsh conditions outside.
All internal transfers, accommodation & meals at the camp are all included to make things as straightforward & enjoyable for you as possible.
As well as cabin accommodation, all internal transfers are taken care of for you, to ensure that the whole experience is gratifying & you can focus on capturing striking images of the fauna of Fishing Branch River to add to your wildlife portfolio.
Photographable Species: bald eagle, elk, grizzly bear, moose

Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - saturday - 28th october, 2023

meet at dawson city airport, transfer to local hotel & overnight in dawson city

day 2 - sunday - 29th october, 2023

helicopter trip (2 hours) to fishing branch river

day 3 - monday - 30th october, 2023

ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

day 4 - tuesday - 31st october, 2023

ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

day 5 - wednesday - 1st november, 2023

ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

day 6 - thursday - 2nd november, 2023

ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

day 7 - friday - 3rd november, 2023

ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

day 8 - saturday - 4th november, 2023

ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

day 9 - sunday - 5th november, 2023

late morning flight by helicopter to dawson city & overnight in dawson city

Portrait Of An Ice Grizzly   Captured During The Natureslens Ice Grizzlies Of The Yukon Photography Holiday

2020 – Winter Wildlife of Hokkaido & Japan Photography Holiday

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Last Place now reduced to £5000 per participant – this is a £749 Discount
NaturesLens invites you to spend this 14 night/15 day tour travelling throughout the wonderfully diverse landscapes of Japan, specifically Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido, getting up close to a wide range of native species which thrive in harsh winter conditions. Our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday, which we have been leading for the last 6 years, covers a variety of areas, providing you with unique opportunities to undertake wildlife photography of the highest quality.
Guided by David & Ian, you will visit Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido & gain an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions. The photographic opportunities on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography tour are always without parallel – with opportunities to photograph the red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, during this photography holiday.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of varied winter wildlife including the red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, in Japan, during the Winter Wildlife of Hokkaido & Japan photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 14 night/15 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £5749  £5000 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.
A Pair Of Sika Deer On One Of The Penninsulas   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday
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.
A Trio Of Japanese Cranes In The Mist Rising Off The River At Their Roosting Site   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday
We will then move onward to Yudanaka & spend two days at the Jigokudani snow monkey site with the Japanese Macaque, also known as the Snow Monkey, in the mountains, at their thermal spa, as they bathe & feed in the area. We give you the second day here so that you have the chance to fine-tune your photography having become more familiar with the environment & the behaviour of this species. After spending the morning with the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Yaen Koen, we will travel to Lake Yamanaka.
Lake Yamanaka is a new location for 2020, & now the last stop on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday is Lake Yamanaka; Lake Yamanaka is located in the village of Yamanakako in Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan. Lake Yamanaka is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area, & is the highest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of elevation. Due to its high altitude & its relatively shallow water depth, Lake Yamanaka often freezes completely in the winter.
The view of Mt. Fuji across Lake Yamanaka is breathtaking with the mountain forming its distinctive shape – all making for an iconic image. From mid-October to February, a beautiful phenomenon called Diamond Fuji occurs when the rising or setting sun aligns with the peak of Mt. Fuji, causing Mt. Fuji to shine bright like a diamond, hence its name. Winter is actually the best season to see Mt. Fuji from this location as the weather conditions are more stable & the mountain is covered with snow.
Japan is an extraordinary country, & our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday provides wildlife photographers with unrivalled opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful photographs.
A Red Fox Makes An Escape With A Fish   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday
Group size is limited to between 4 & 5 participants, this is due to the nature of the photography excursions & the type of hotel that we prefer to make use of, so booking early is essential.

Winter Wildlife of Hokkaido & Japan Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - saturday - 22nd february, 2020

flight to tokyo from home location

day 2 - sunday - 23rd february, 2020

meet at haneda domestic terminal & transfer to hokkaido

day 3 - monday - 24th february, 2020

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

day 4 - tuesday - 25th february, 2020

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

day 5 - wednesday - 26th february, 2020

full-day photography of whooper swans

day 6 - thursday - 27th february, 2020

half-day photography of whooper swans & transfer to rausu

day 7 - friday - 28th february, 2020

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

day 8 - saturday - 29th february, 2020

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

day 9 - sunday - 1st march, 2020

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

day 10 - monday - 2nd march, 2020

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

day 11 - tuesday - 3rd march, 2020

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

day 12 - wednesday - 4th march, 2020

drive from haneda to yudanaka

day 13 - thursday - 5th march, 2020

snow monkey photography

day 14 - friday - 6th march, 2020

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

day 15 - saturday - 7th march, 2020

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

One Of The Bathing Snow Monkeys Of Jigokudani Yaen Koen  Photographed During The NaturesLens Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday

2021 – Winter Wildlife of Hokkaido & Japan Photography Holiday

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NaturesLens invites you to spend this 14 night/15 day tour travelling throughout the wonderfully diverse landscapes of Japan, specifically Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido, getting up close to a wide range of native species which thrive in harsh winter conditions. Our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday, which we have been leading for the last 6 years, covers a variety of areas, providing you with unique opportunities to undertake wildlife photography of the highest quality.
Guided by David, you will visit Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido & gain an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions. The photographic opportunities on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography tour are always without parallel – with opportunities to photograph the red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, during this photography holiday.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of varied winter wildlife including the red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, in Japan, during the Winter Wildlife of Hokkaido & Japan photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 14 night/15 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £5749 per participant.
Join David 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.
A Pair Of Sika Deer On One Of The Penninsulas   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday
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.
A Trio Of Japanese Cranes In The Mist Rising Off The River At Their Roosting Site   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday
We will then move onward to Yudanaka & spend two days at the Jigokudani snow monkey site with the Japanese Macaque, also known as the Snow Monkey, in the mountains, at their thermal spa, as they bathe & feed in the area. We give you the second day here so that you have the chance to fine-tune your photography having become more familiar with the environment & the behaviour of this species. After spending the morning with the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Yaen Koen, we will travel to Lake Yamanaka.
Lake Yamanaka is a new location for 2020, & now the last stop on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday is Lake Yamanaka; Lake Yamanaka is located in the village of Yamanakako in Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan. Lake Yamanaka is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area, & is the highest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of elevation. Due to its high altitude & its relatively shallow water depth, Lake Yamanaka often freezes completely in the winter.
The view of Mt. Fuji across Lake Yamanaka is breathtaking with the mountain forming its distinctive shape – all making for an iconic image. From mid-October to February, a beautiful phenomenon called Diamond Fuji occurs when the rising or setting sun aligns with the peak of Mt. Fuji, causing Mt. Fuji to shine bright like a diamond, hence its name. Winter is actually the best season to see Mt. Fuji from this location as the weather conditions are more stable & the mountain is covered with snow.
Japan is an extraordinary country, & our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday provides wildlife photographers with unrivalled opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful photographs.
A Red Fox Makes An Escape With A Fish   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday
Group size is limited to between 4 & 5 participants, this is due to the nature of the photography excursions & the type of hotel that we prefer to make use of, so booking early is essential.

Winter Wildlife of Hokkaido & Japan Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - saturday - 22nd february, 2020

flight to tokyo from home location

day 2 - sunday - 23rd february, 2020

meet at haneda domestic terminal & transfer to hokkaido

day 3 - monday - 24th february, 2020

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

day 4 - tuesday - 25th february, 2020

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

day 5 - wednesday - 26th february, 2020

full-day photography of whooper swans

day 6 - thursday - 27th february, 2020

half-day photography of whooper swans & transfer to rausu

day 7 - friday - 28th february, 2020

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

day 8 - saturday - 29th february, 2020

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

day 9 - sunday - 1st march, 2020

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

day 10 - monday - 2nd march, 2020

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

day 11 - tuesday - 3rd march, 2020

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

day 12 - wednesday - 4th march, 2020

drive from haneda to yudanaka

day 13 - thursday - 5th march, 2020

snow monkey photography

day 14 - friday - 6th march, 2020

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

day 15 - saturday - 7th march, 2020

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

One Of The Bathing Snow Monkeys Of Jigokudani Yaen Koen  Photographed During The NaturesLens Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday