2021 – Central Spain’s Eagles & Raptors Photography Holiday

A Golden Eagle calling from a tree branch photographed at the locations used for the NaturesLens Central Spain’s Eagles Raptors photography holiday
Spend a week with nature capturing images of Central Spain’s Eagles & Raptors. The week will be spent in the areas surrounding Segovia, a historic city northwest of Madrid, less than 90 minutes from Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport. During this week our small group of photographers, lead by David will take opportunities in hides positioned to capture images of the Golden Eagle, the Spanish Imperial Eagle, Black Kite, Common Buzzard, Egyptian Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Red Kite, Azure-winged Magpie & more.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Spain's Eagles & Raptors, in Spain, during the Central Spain’s Eagles & Raptors photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £2499 per participant.
Your time will be split into a stay in Cantalejo where our main photography targets will include Golden Eagles, Red & Black Kites, the Common Buzzard, Egyptian & Griffon Vultures. Following that a stay for the remaining 3 nights of the trip in El Escorial where we will be photographing the Red & Black Kites, the Common Buzzard, Egyptian & Griffon Vultures but the highlight of this area will be the Spanish Imperial Eagle. The bulk of the eagle and raptor activity occurs during the mornings, some afternoons will be dedicated to passerine, little owl & bee-eater photography sessions.
Sunrise & sunset are often considered the prime times of day for creative photography, so unlike other holidays & tours, we 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 inhabit this region.
Our trip is based on a basis of single room occupancy on a full-board basis, with all in trip transportation included from Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport & back. 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.
Places are limited, so book today! This trip is ideal to pair with the Eagles of Extremadura photography holiday – thereby making this into a two-week tour in Spain.
Photographable Species: azure-winged magpie, black kite, common buzzard, egyptian vulture, golden eagle, griffon vulture, imperial eagle, red kite

Central Spain’s Eagles & Raptors Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

arrive in madrid - transfer & overnight in cantalejo

day 2

golden eagle, scavenger or raptor hide photography - owl, bee-eater or passerine photography - overnight in cantalejo

day 3

golden eagle, scavenger or raptor hide photography - owl, bee-eater or passerine photography - overnight in cantalejo

day 4

golden eagle, scavenger or raptor hide photography - owl, bee-eater or passerine photography - transfer & overnight in el espinar

day 5

spanish imperial eagle or scavenger hide photography - overnight in sergovia

day 6

spanish imperial eagle or scavenger hide photography - overnight in sergovia

day 7

spanish imperial eagle or scavenger hide photography - overnight in sergovia

day 8

return to madrid

A Red Kite dives towards the ground photographed at the locations used for the NaturesLens Central Spain’s Eagles Raptors photography holiday

2021 – Spanish Birds of the Castilian Plains Photography Holiday

A Golden Eagle calls to announce its presence photographed at the locations used for the NaturesLens Spanish Birds of the Castilian Plains photography holiday
Spring in Spain; surely the birds most synonymous with the region are the Great Bustards, who put on fabulous displays at their lek sites in an attempt to compete for the attention of the females of the species. These birds, coupled with the Bonelli’s, Golden & Imperial eagles make this photography holiday from NaturesLens ‘a must’ for those wishing to fill their portfolio with some of the best-known & most impressive Birds of Spain.
Sunrise & sunset are considered the prime times of day for creative photography, therefore, we ensure that our photography sessions make the most of these times of the day. This provides unrivalled exposure to the variety of species which inhabit this region.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Birds of the Castilian Plains, in Spain, during the Spanish Birds of the Castilian Plains photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £2499  £2249 per participant.
For this new photography holiday, David will accompany guests to the Castilla y León region of Spain. Here, the group will be making use of a network of hides distributed in a vast collection of habitats & ecosystems. The wide Castilian plains will offer photographers unique opportunities to photograph great bustards, white storks, lesser kestrels, larks, wheatears & many other bird species.
Steppe lakes, nearby forests & meadows, canyons & mountains with all their varied species will be the intended targets for your camera lenses for the remaining days. During these days there will be opportunities to photograph Bonelli’s Eagles, Black & Griffon Vultures, Golden & Imperial Eagles & more besides.
Why not join our 7 night-day photography holiday, & take the opportunity to photograph many of the most spectacular species in this region.
The weather can be changeable at this time of year, so we advise that you bring layers & prepare for somewhat unpredictable weather conditions.
Photographable Species: azure-winged magpie, black kite, black vulture, bonellis eagle, calandra lark, golden eagle, great bustard, griffon vulture, hawfinch, imperial eagle, lesser kestrel, little owl, red kite, wheatear, white stork

Spanish Birds of the Castilian Plains Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

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

day 2

all-day bustard photography in villapando area

day 3

all-day bustard photography in villapando area

day 4

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

day 5

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

day 6

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

day 7

all-day photography of spanish imperial eagle

day 8

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

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

2021 – Winter Birds of Toledo Photography Holiday

A Bearded Tit poses on a reed within the estate of El Taray in Spain photographed during the NaturesLens Winter Birds of Toledo photography holiday
Join Ian in late January 2021 in the diverse landscape of the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain; you will spend many hours from dawn to dusk making use of a fantastic custom-built hide network on the estate of El Taray to capture images of the raptors & other birds that call Laguna del Taray home during the winter months. Species that you may be able to photograph include Raptors such as Hen & Marsh Harriers, Buzzard, Red Kite, Goshawk, Bonelli’s Eagle & Common Kestrel. With the possibility of Golden and Imperial Eagles appearing occasionally; other species include Bearded Reedlings, Spanish Sparrow, Starlings, European Cranes, Iberian Grey Shrike, Little Owl & more.
Making use of an astonishing network of custom-built hides, which are distributed throughout the vast estate of El Taray, you will be provided with the best winter bird photography opportunities possible, capturing birds in flight, within their habitats & interacting with one another.
As usual, our small group size ensures that you have excellent use of the hides, allowing you to capture dramatic images from the best angles, with photography guidance provided by Ian where needed.
A picturesque landscape, with a superb network of hides, the fantastic range of birdlife that co-exists within the estate of El Taray which is found in the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain, all contribute to an experience not to be missed. As a counter to our summer holiday, which includes a vast number of species, this winter photographic holiday is one which will add some specialist species to any photographers portfolio.
During several days in January 2019, David captured images of Harriers, Bonelli’s Eagles, Goshawks, Buzzards & Kites, all living side by side in the local ecosystem. Also, dependent upon weather, there is the opportunity for crane photography on a magnificent pool with a dedicated hide or starling photography, from within a hide actually within the murmuration.
Our Winter Birds of Toledo photography holiday provides you with 4 1/2 days packed with photography sessions, where your photography will benefit from unparalleled access to locations; the hides are situated strategically within this beautiful landscape to provide the best opportunity to photograph a stunning range of bird species.
We provide full-board accommodation – with this being on the estate itself, this means no travelling in the morning or the evening back to a hotel, plus all the food is catered for the group – a light breakfast before heading to the hides & ending with a meal after the evening photography session, with a lunch in between. Everything is taken care of for you so that experiencing & photographing the species & their environment is all you need to consider.
This tour suits enthusiastic photographers with a passion to experience the magnificent birdlife that the winter months on the estate surrounding Laguna del Taray offers; capturing editorial-quality images of a range of bird species to treasure for years to come.
Places are minimal to ensure the best experience for every guest, so book early to avoid frustration.
Photographable Species: bearded reedlings, bonellis eagle, buzzard, common kestrel, european crane, golden eagle, goshawk, hen harrier, iberian grey shrike, imperial eagle, little owl, marsh harriers, red kite, spanish sparrow, starling

Winter Birds of Toledo Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

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

day 2

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

day 3

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

day 4

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

day 5

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

day

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

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

2021 – Eagles of Extremadura Photography Holiday

One Of The Magnificent Golden Eagles Perched On A Tree Overlooking The Estate Below   Photographed On The Estate Used For The NaturesLens Eagles Of Extremadura Photography Holiday.jpg
NaturesLens invites wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional experience to join David in escaping to the diverse landscape of the Sierra de San Pedro region of Spain, you will spend days from dawn to dusk capturing stunning images of native eagle & raptor species; including of course, the magnificent duo of Golden & Bonelli’s Eagles, plus a variety of other species that are indigenous to the region. With a selection of comfortable hides throughout the estate at your disposal, this will provide you with the best bird photography opportunities possible, capturing them in flight, within their habitats & interacting with one another.
Based in a beautifully renovated villa, for your 7 night stay, you will be located in the centre of the estate upon which the bulk of the photographic opportunities take place, you will enjoy the perfect scenery & emblematic species that the region has to offer. As usual, our small group size ensures that you have optimum use of the hides, allowing you to capture spectacular images from the best angles, with photography guidance provided by David where needed.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Golden & Bonelli's Eagles, in Spain, during the Eagles of Extremadura photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board with Drinks Included, Shared basis & costs £2499 per participant.
A thriving hub of avian predator life, the various eagle & raptor species co-exist in Sierra de San Pedro, Spain, facilitating stunning action shots as different sizes, species & colours fill the air. From the splendid Bonelli’s Eagle to the diminutive lesser kestrels, all living side by side in the local ecosystem, which exists in this region.
Our Eagles of Extremadura photography holiday provides you with a week packed with hide sessions, where your photography will benefit from unique access to locations; the hides are placed strategically within the landscape to provide an optimum opportunity to photograph a stunning range of bird species. Additionally, you will have two hide sessions dedicated to the photography of the Bonelli’s Eagle, a session dedicated to Golden Eagle photography & a further session dedicated to photography of the other raptors of the estate, such as Buzzards, Red & Black Kites. Finally, one afternoon will be devoted to photography from a floating hide, & this enables intimate photos of birds on the water, however, should this not be for you, we will arrange for this to be substituted with another equally exciting hide experience.
This Eagles of Extremadura photography holiday is a unique opportunity to photograph some of the planets most impressive eagles & raptors, plus fascinating other species, including fox, mongoose, kingfisher, lesser kestrel & more.
The stunning landscape offers keen wildlife photographers the perfect opportunity for capturing fabulous images of avian predators as they fly overhead or settle in their perfect habitat. Accommodation is provided on a full-board basis – from a light breakfast through to a 3-course dinner with cooked lunch in between; the fridges are kept fully stocked with all manner of drinks, & wine is served with the meals. Everything is taken care of for you so that experiencing & photographing the species & their environment is all you need to worry about.
This trip suits keen photographers with a desire to experience the magnificent wildlife that Extremadura has to offer; capturing editorial-quality images of a range of bird species to treasure for years to come. Places are highly limited to ensure the best experience for every guest, so book early to avoid disappointment.
One of the reasons that to date, NaturesLens had not featured the Bonelli’s Eagle on our photography holidays before this one was that all the locations that we found previously were “live-baited” … none of the species on the Eagles of Extremadura photography holiday is live-baited, hence NaturesLens now being happy to offer this species to our clients.
Photographable Species: azure-winged magpie, bee-eater, black vulture, bonellis eagle, common buzzard, golden eagle, griffon vulture, kestrel, lesser kestrel, red deer

Eagles of Extremadura Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to adolfo suárez madrid–barajas from home location, then onwards to badojoz airport & transfer to the estate

day 2

morning photography of common buzzard, afternoon photography of egyptian mongoose

day 3

morning photography of golden eagle, afternoon photography of bee eater

day 4

morning photography of scavengers, afternoon estate safari including deer photography & sundowners

day 5

morning photography of bonelli's eagle, afternoon photography from floating hides on a local lake

day 6

morning photography of passerines, afternoon photography of lesser kestrel

day 7

morning photography of golden eagle, afternoon photography of passerines

day 8

transfer to badjoz airport, onwards to adolfo suárez madrid–barajas & flight to home location

One Of The Impressive Bonelli’s Eagles Perched On A Tree Overlooking The Estate Below   Photographed On The Estate Used For The NaturesLens Eagles Of Extremadura Photography Holiday.jpg
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