2021 – Wildlife Highlights of Costa Rica Photography Holiday

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

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

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

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

Wildlife Highlights of Costa Rica Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

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

day 2

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

day 3

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

day 4

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

day 5

full-day frog & snake photography - overnight sarapiqui

day 6

hummingbird & other bird photography - overnight sarapiqui

day 7

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

day 8

emerald toucanet photography - overnight sarapiqui

day 9

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

day 10

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

day 11

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

day 12

return to san jose and flight home

2022 – Hummingbirds & Wildlife of Ecuador Photography Holiday

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

Hummingbirds & Wildlife of Ecuador Photography Holiday Itinerary

To be confirmed

2021 – Hummingbirds & Wildlife of Ecuador Photography Holiday

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

Hummingbirds & Wildlife of Ecuador Photography Holiday Itinerary

To be confirmed

2021 – Greek Macro Wildlife of Kerkini Photography Holiday

Balkan Spoon Winged Lacewing photographed at the locations used for the NaturesLens Macro Wildlife of Kerkini Photography Holiday
For the past 6 years, NaturesLens has taken guests to Lake Kerkini to photograph the Dalmatian Pelicans during the winter months; in 2019, we added a new photography tour, to photograph the birds of the lake & it’s environs during spring, when new life & young birds were on the lake; for 2020, we are pleased to invite guests for a week of amazing macro photography – join Iordan for the Greek Macro Wildlife Of Kerkini photography holiday, which will offer fantastic photo opportunities as you venture in & around the surrounding lakes, mountains & meadows.
Lake Kerkini, in the Northeast of Greece close to the border with Bulgaria, is one of those scarce places in Europe where you can get up close to nature & bird life. Kerkini & the surrounding areas are wetlands like no other you have ever experienced before; the wetlands are home to a vast number of birds species, many of which have a status of endangered.
Since this photography tour is all about macro photography, you will find the amphibians, reptiles, insects & flowers to be incredible, with 100’s of varieties, for example, of moths & dragonflies.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Macro Wildlife of Kerkini, in Greece, during the Greek Macro Wildlife of Kerkini photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1799 per participant.
The area we will visit is rich in various habitats within a relatively small area, making it an excellent location for discovering this unique ecosystem. The habitats which are ours to explore are home to a wide variety of flora & fauna; therefore, a wide range of different & exciting macro possibilities will be on offer.
Our hotel is close to Lake Kerkini but nestled against the Belasitsa Mountains which provides a stunning backdrop. This hotel offers the perfect home for our week of photography, additionally allowing us to set up specific areas for evening moth photography. Finally, our view over the lake & back to the mountains will provide us with, conditions allowing, a stunning vista for at one or more evenings of Astrophotography.
Iordan will be on hand to advise on how to capture intimate & captivating portraits of frogs, toads, lizards, moths, butterflies, insects, flowers & other invertebrates in their natural habitats. Iordan will be available to provide tuition & guidance for all levels, including the basics of macro photography, working with both light panels & natural light & composing your macro shots.
While it would be a tall order to find & photograph all the following species during the trip, all of the following have been found in the area during previous visits

Butterflies

Eastern Festoon, Southern White Admiral, Little Tiger Blue, Camberwell Beauty, Scarce Swallowtail, Large White, Small White, Black-veined White, Eastern Bath White, Orange Tip, Eastern Wood White, Clouded Yellow, Green Hairstreak, Ilex Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Green-Underside Blue, Iolas Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Duke of Burgundy, Large Tortoiseshell, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Nettle-Tree Butterfly, Eastern Knapweed Fritillary, Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Lesser Spotted Fritillary, Queen of Spain Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Northern Wall Brown, Wall Brown, Lattice Brown, Large Brown, Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Safflower Skipper, Small Copper, Grecian Copper, Woodland Ringlet, Comma Butterfly & more.

Moths

Giant Peacock Moth, Slender Scotch Burnet, Grass Eggar Moth, Forester Moth, Wood Tiger Moth, Cream-spot Tiger Moth, Yellow Underwing Moth, Five-Spot Burnet, Nine-Spotted Moth, Six-Spot Burnet, Transparent Burnet Moth, Ermine Moth Enterpia Laudeti, Puss Moth, Small Emperor Moth, Emperor Moth, Spurge Hawk-moth, Hummingbird Hawk-Moth, Olive Bee Hawk, Narrow-Bordered Bee Hawk & more.

Dragonflies & Damselflies

Green-Eyed Hawker, Blue Chaser, Broad-bodied Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Southern Skimmer, White-Tailed Skimmer, Red-veined Darter, Balkan Goldenring, Lesser Emperor, Broad Scarlet, Common Darter, Yellow-winged Darter, Small Pincertail, Beautiful Demoiselle, Banded Agrion, Large Red Damselfly, Common Bluetail, Common Clubtail, Small Blue-tailed Damselfly, Variable Damselfly & more.

Reptiles & Amphibians

Sand Boa, Grass Snake, Balkan Whip Snake, Salamander, European Glass Lizard, Common Wall Lizard, European Green Lizard, Balkan Green Lizard, Hermann’s & Spur-Thighed Tortoise, European Terrapin, Green Toad, Common Toad, Tree Frog, Eastern Spadefoot, Yellow-Bellied Toad, Marsh Frog, Agile Frog, Pool Frog & more.

Other Insects, Spiders, Beetles & Grasshoppers

Lady Bird Spider, Philaeus Chrysops – a Jumping Spider, Praying Mantis, Balkan Spoon-Winged-Lacewing, Rose Chafer, Pollen Beetle, Minstrel Bug, Southern Green Stink Bug, Giant Centipede & more.

Plants

Wedge-Lipped Orchid, Еarly Marsh Orchid, Eastern Lizard Orchid, Dragon Lily, European White Water Lily, Fringed Water Lily & more.
We keep the itinerary throughout the week flexible as we guarantee that under the guidance of Iordan, the group will want to take advantage of the local conditions & species.
This trip may be combined with our Butterflies & Macro Subjects of Bulgaria Photography Holiday which runs the following week & is also led by Victoria – the combination of this pair of trips will ensure that any photographers portfolio of images of Lilliputian world of dragonflies, moths & butterflies is packed full.

Greek Macro Wildlife of Kerkini Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to sofia from home location & transfer to kerkini, afternoon photography session if time permits

day 2

morning & afternoon photography in the lake environs, mountains & meadows which surround kerkini

day 3

morning & afternoon photography in the lake environs, mountains & meadows which surround kerkini

day 4

morning & afternoon photography in the lake environs, mountains & meadows which surround kerkini

day 5

morning & afternoon photography in the lake environs, mountains & meadows which surround kerkini

day 6

morning & afternoon photography in the lake environs, mountains & meadows which surround kerkini

day 7

morning & afternoon photography in the lake environs, mountains & meadows which surround kerkini

day 8

transfer to sofia & flight to home location

Aesculapian Snake photographed at the locations used for the NaturesLens Macro Wildlife of Kerkini Photography Holiday

2020 – Wildlife of Costa Rica Photography Holiday

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

Wildlife of Costa Rica Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

arrive san jose airport, overnight at hotel villa tournon

day 2

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

day 3

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

day 4

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

day 5

full-day frog photography, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 6

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

day 7

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

day 8

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

day 9

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

day 10

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

day 11

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

day 12

spider, reptile & snake photography, overnight in arenal area

day 13

caño negro boat tour, overnight in arenal area

day 14

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

day 15

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

day 16

flight to home location

2021 – Wildlife of Costa Rica Photography Holiday

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

Wildlife of Costa Rica Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

arrive san jose airport, overnight at hotel villa tournon

day 2

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

day 3

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

day 4

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

day 5

full-day frog photography, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 6

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

day 7

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

day 8

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

day 9

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

day 10

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

day 11

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

day 12

spider, reptile & snake photography, overnight in arenal area

day 13

caño negro boat tour, overnight in arenal area

day 14

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

day 15

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

day 16

flight to home location

2021 – 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 Robin 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  £3249 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

2021 – Butterflies & Macro Subjects of Bulgaria Photography Holiday

One Of The Apollo Butterflies Photographed On A Photography Holiday To The Same Regions As The NaturesLens Butterflies & Macro Photography Of Bulgaria Photography Holiday
Join NaturesLens, for the Butterflies & Macro Subjects of Bulgaria, alongside our guides, , & you will find that Bulgaria in summer offers excellent macro photography opportunities due to its rich biodiversity & variety of habitats.
The Butterflies & Macro Photography of Bulgaria Holiday is of 7 nights duration & is ideal for photographing butterflies, orchids & more, & is offered on a full board, non-shared basis, between the dates of 6th - 13th June 2021. You can hold a place with a £350 deposit, the trip itself costs £1549 per participant per participant.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the amazing Butterflies & Macro subjects, in Bulgaria, during the Butterflies & Macro Subjects of Bulgaria photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1549 per participant.
The rich biodiversity & variety of habitats offers excellent opportunities to capture images of dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, spiders, beetles, flowers & orchids as well as a kaleidoscope of butterflies.
The summer season offers fantastic opportunities thanks to the area’s rich biodiversity & variety of habitats.
The main target species will be butterflies such as Apollo, Balkan & scarce Coppers, Niobe, High Brown, Dark Green, Twin-spot & other fritillaries, many blues, hairstreaks & skippers. But the areas we will be visiting will also provide opportunities to photograph flowers & orchids, moths, dragonflies & damselflies, grasshoppers, spiders, beetles & more.
The sessions will comprise of early starts & late evenings to take advantage of the best light & the fact that the butterflies & insects are normally motionless at this time. The early afternoons can be used to take a siesta or enjoy the excellent panoramic views while avoiding the harsh midday sun.
The tour will start with two nights in a small village east of Sofia where the guides & you will explore the area for fritillaries, blues, gliders & emperors before moving on to a picturesque village in the heart of the Sredna Gora mountain range. The area has been designated as an architectural reserve & we will spend a couple of days here exploring local meadows for Chequered, Large, Alcon & other blues, Russian Heath, Black-veined White, White Admiral, many fritillaries & skippers, as well as dragonflies & damselflies.
Our final destination is 3-night stay in a butterfly rich plateau in the Western Rhodope mountains. Here we will explore the surrounding meadows, looking for fritillaries, blues, hairstreaks, skippers & orchids.
We offer an all-inclusive accommodation & meal package to ensure that all you need to worry about is taking unique & mesmerising photographs, with the guidance of as you need it.
The species that have been photographed on previous photography holidays to the same regions include apollo, black hairstreak, chequered blue, dark green fritillary, niobe fritillary, dingy skipper, eastern baton blue, eastern festoon, essex skipper, glanville fritillary, green underside blue, grizzled skipper, heath fritillary, high brown fritillary, holly blue, idas blue, ilex hair streak, knapweed fritillary, large blue, large grizzled skipper, large skipper, lesser spotted fritillary, long-tailed blue, lulworth skipper, mallow skipper, marbled fritillary, marbled skipper, oberthur’s grizzled skipper, orbed red-underwing skipper, osiris blue, queen of spain fritillary, reverdin’s blue, scarce copper, scarce swallowtail, silver-studded blue, silver-washed fritillary, sloe hairstreak, small blue, spotted fritillary, swallowtail, tufted marbled skipper, twin spot fritillary, weaver’s fritillary, white letter hairstreak, yellow-banded skipper – so there is plenty there to fill any portfolio!
Photographable Species: apollo, black hairstreak, chequered blue, dark green fritillary, dingy skipper, eastern baton blue, eastern festoon, essex skipper, glanville fritillary, green underside blue, grizzled skipper, heath fritillary, high brown fritillary, holly blue, idas blue, ilex hair streak, knapweed fritillary, large blue, large grizzled skipper, large skipper, lesser spotted fritillary, long-tailed blue, lulworth skipper, mallow skipper, marbled fritillary, marbled skipper, niobe, oberthur's grizzled skipper, orbed red-underwing skipper, osiris blue, queen of spain fritillary, reverdin's blue, scarce copper, scarce swallowtail, silver-studded blue, silver-washed fritillary, sloe hairstreak, small blue, spotted fritillary, swallowtail, tufted marbled skipper, twin-spot fritillary, weaver's fritillary, white letter hairstreak, yellow-banded skipper

Butterflies & Macro Subjects of Bulgaria Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

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

day 2

morning & afternoon photography

day 3

morning & afternoon photography & transfer to sredna gora mountain range

day 4

morning & afternoon photography

day 5

morning & afternoon photography & transfer to western rhodope mountains

day 6

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 7

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 8

transfer to sofia & flight to home location

One Of The Scarce Copper Butterflies Photographed On A Photography Holiday To The Same Regions As The NaturesLens Butterflies & Macro Photography Of Bulgaria Photography Holiday
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