2021 – Winter Wildlife of Calera Photography Holiday

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

Winter Wildlife of Calera Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

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

day 2

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

day 3

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

day 4

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

day 5

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

day 6

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

day 7

transfer to adolfo suárez madrid–barajas airport

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

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 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
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