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  £3499 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 - saturday - 14th november, 2019

arrive san jose airport, overnight at hotel villa tournon

day 2 - sunday - 15th november, 2019

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

day 3 - monday - 16th november, 2019

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

day 4 - tuesday - 17th november, 2019

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 - wednesday - 18th november, 2019

full-day frog photography, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 6 - thursday - 19th november, 2019

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

day 7 - friday - 20th november, 2019

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

day 8 - saturday - 21st november, 2019

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

day 9 - sunday - 22nd november, 2019

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

day 10 - monday - 23rd november, 2019

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

day 11 - tuesday - 24th november, 2019

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

day 12 - wednesday - 25th november, 2019

spider, reptile & snake photography, overnight in arenal area

day 13 - thursday - 26th november, 2019

caño negro boat tour, overnight in arenal area

day 14 - friday - 27th november, 2019

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

day 15 - saturday - 28th november, 2019

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

day 16 - sunday - 29th november, 2019

flight to home location

2020 – Atlantic Puffins of Shetland’s Fair-Isle Photography Holiday

Example of the type of image that you will have opportunities to capture during the NaturesLens Atlantic Puffins of Shetlands Fair isle Photography Holiday
NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional wildlife photographers to join Robin, our photography guide, on a 5-day adventure to Fair Isle, Shetland, exploring the remote wilderness of this far-north Scottish island; photographing its fascinating bird residents.
The island offers stunning backdrops of craggy cliffs, crashing waves & windswept grasses, providing the perfect setting for truly mesmerising images to be captured. Spaces are restricted due to the nature of the trip & for the optimum enjoyment of each guest, so booking early is essential.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of comical Atlantic puffin, in United Kingdom, during the Atlantic Puffins of Shetland’s Fair-Isle photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 5 night/6 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1099 per participant.
Join NaturesLens on a journey to the remote region of Shetland in northern Scotland, to spend 5 days on Fair Isle to capture magnificent images of native wildlife & impressive landscapes. The focus species of this trip is the atlantic puffin, & you will have abundant opportunities to observe & photograph these adorable birds as they thrive in their unspoilt island habitat.
Once home to Viking Warlords, the island of Fair Isle is now dominated by its wildlife population rather than its mere 70 inhabitants. This trip offers unrivalled access to an outstanding population of seabirds which live on the tiny island, & the isle’s status as an internationally renowned bird observatory gives an indication of the potential quality of wildlife opportunities. This trip is unique in that it is designed & led by photographers, for photographers, allowing us to work with you, ensuring that you obtain incredible images to treasure for years to come.
Fair Isle offers hugely varied conditions for photography, as the nature of fast-changing island weather means that in summer you could find yourself bathing in sunshine one moment, & shrouded in fog the next. Over the 5 days your images will benefit from varied lighting & weather conditions, with photography sessions covering dawn through to dusk. We have designed a flexible itinerary to allow photography of other native wildlife as well as landscape shots, giving photographers the chance to explore the island & make the trip their own.
Your NaturesLens guides will provide advice on composition, technique & species behaviour to enable you to achieve the best possible images, making the most of this rich & dramatic environment & the bustling activity of its residents. Fair Isle offers a unique opportunity to experience an environment truly ruled by its winged inhabitants, & group sizes must be kept small so book early to avoid missing out!
Photographable Species: arctic skua, atlantic puffin, fulmar, great skua

Atlantic Puffins of Shetland’s Fair-Isle Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - saturday - 11th july, 2020

transfer from sumburgh to fair isle, afternoon & evening photography on fair isle

day 2 - sunday - 12th july, 2020

full-day photography on fair isle

day 3 - monday - 13th july, 2020

full-day photography on fair isle

day 4 - tuesday - 14th july, 2020

full-day photography on fair isle

day 5 - wednesday - 15th july, 2020

full-day photography on fair isle

day 6 - thursday - 16th july, 2020

transfer from fair isle to sumburgh

Example Of The Type Of Image That You May Have Opportunities To Capture During The NaturesLens Atlantic Puffins Of Shetland 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.
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

2020 – Majestic Tigers of India Photography Holiday

One Of Bandhavgarh's Beautiful Bengal Tigers In The Cooling Water Of A Pool   Photographed During The NaturesLens Tigers Of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday
NaturesLens invites you to join Pui Hang & take the opportunity to journey into the heart of India, in the pursuit of capturing the elusive Indian tiger on camera as it thrives within a protected national park. Open to both amateur & semi-professional wildlife photographers, our trip has been designed to offer guests unrivalled opportunities to photograph these amazing big cats within the national park, whilst also looking out for other native species such as the Indian gaur & langur monkeys.
Refined, using personal experience gained through visits to the reserve, over the past 7 years, our trip includes full board accommodation, jeep fees, park fees & airport transfers to make things as straightforward for you as possible, to ensure that you can make the most of this fantastic wildlife photography experience.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of rich jungle dwelling wildlife, in India, during the Majestic Tigers of India photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 8 night/9 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3399  £2999 per participant.
The majestic Indian tiger, a creature so magnificent & elusive, which has been suffering as a result of illegal poaching to the point of becoming an endangered species. NaturesLens invites you to experience these beautiful creatures first hand within a beautiful & mysterious Indian parkland, in a reserve famed for having the highest density of Tigers in India. The landscape offers dense jungle environments & open grassland intertwined with narrow tracks that you will navigate whilst capturing stunning images. You will encounter a range of other native species on the trip, such as leopards, Indian gaurs, langur monkeys & sloth bears as well as an array of beautifully colourful birds.
The park is located in a region of India steeped in complex history, with evidence of the political past of the area lying in ruins & monuments within the park. If you want to maximise your photographic opportunities, we can arrange a full day’s safari in private jeeps. Unlike the public, who are restricted to 3hr sessions in the park in the morning & afternoon, you will benefit from earlier entry & later exit, & an entire day within the park without having to leave, to ensure that you are able to make the most of tiger spotting opportunities at times when the park is quietest.
Many wildlife photography tours in these environments cram 3 or more people into one jeep, forcing individuals to lean over each other to take photographs, therefore compromising the quality of the images & the experience for individuals. However, we have ensured that only 2 guests travel in each jeep, giving you maximum freedom of movement to capture images from the optimum angle, as you experience the wonders of the park over the course of the day. Photography tuition will be provided as needed by Pui Hang, a NaturesLens leader, with knowledgeable wildlife guidance provided by a local expert.
Our guests are also housed in exquisite accommodation on a full board basis, providing you with comfort & excellent hospitality when you return from the game drives to relax, unwind, & look over your images. We have designed this tour to maximise time in the park spent spotting & capturing editorial quality photographs of tigers, whilst minimising travel time. With this in mind, airport transfers, jeep fees & park fees are also included in the cost of the tour, making things simple for you so that you can focus on making the most of your wildlife photography experience.
During these months, the parks have dried out. Temperatures will likely be above 30℃, & nudging towards 40℃. Meadows previously covered with lush grass have died back to expose landscapes covered in thick dusk, where water is scarce. Whilst it is tough, in our opinion, this is the best time of year time to visit, less foliage means the wildlife is more exposed, & little water allows our wonderful local guides & driver to predict tiger behaviour as they seek water out from the few remaining water sources in the reserve. For many, the landscapes don’t feel as picturesque, & drives can be uncomfortably hot.
Group size is limited, so book now to join us on this amazing adventure to come face to face with the majestic Indian tiger.
Photographable Species: asiatic jackal, bengal fox, black kite, black vulture, brown fish owl, crested serpent eagle, dhole, egyptian vulture, gaur, grey mongoose, indian roller, jungle cat, langur monkey, leopard, little egret, little grebe, red jungle fowl, rhesus macaque, sambar, sloth bear, spotted deer, striped hyena, tiger, wild pig

Majestic Tigers of India Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - tuesday - 24th march, 2020

depart london heathrow, arrive indira gandhi international airport

day 2 - wednesday - 25th march, 2020

flight to jabalpur from new delhi & transfer to bandhavgarh

day 3 - thursday - 26th march, 2020

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the three zones of bandhavgarh tiger reserve

day 4 - friday - 27th march, 2020

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the three zones of bandhavgarh tiger reserve

day 5 - saturday - 28th march, 2020

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the three zones of bandhavgarh tiger reserve

day 6 - sunday - 29th march, 2020

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the three zones of bandhavgarh tiger reserve

day 7 - monday - 30th march, 2020

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the three zones of bandhavgarh tiger reserve

day 8 - tuesday - 31st march, 2020

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the three zones of bandhavgarh tiger reserve

day 9 - wednesday - 1st april, 2020

transfer to jabalpur & flight to indira gandhi international airport

A Tiger Rests Amongst The Fallen Leaves   Photographed During The NaturesLens Tigers Of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday

2019 – Shetland’s Puffins of Fair-Isle Photography Holiday

Example of the type of image that you will have opportunities to capture during the NaturesLens Atlantic Puffins of Shetlands Fair isle Photography Holiday
NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional wildlife photographers to join Robin, our photography guide, on a 5-day adventure to Fair Isle, Shetland, exploring the remote wilderness of this far-north Scottish island; photographing its fascinating bird residents.
The island offers stunning backdrops of craggy cliffs, crashing waves & windswept grasses, providing the perfect setting for truly mesmerising images to be captured. Spaces are restricted due to the nature of the trip & for the optimum enjoyment of each guest, so booking early is essential.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the comical Atlantic puffin, in United Kingdom, during the Shetland’s Puffins of Fair-Isle photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 4 night/5 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £899 per participant.
Join NaturesLens on a journey to the remote region of Shetland in northern Scotland, to spend 5 days on Fair Isle to capture magnificent images of native wildlife & impressive landscapes. The focus species of this trip is the atlantic puffin, & you will have abundant opportunities to observe & photograph these adorable birds as they thrive in their unspoilt island habitat.
Once home to Viking Warlords, the island of Fair Isle is now dominated by its wildlife population rather than its mere 70 inhabitants. This trip offers unrivalled access to an outstanding population of seabirds which live on the tiny island, & the isle’s status as an internationally renowned bird observatory gives an indication of the potential quality of wildlife opportunities. This trip is unique in that it is designed & led by photographers, for photographers, allowing us to work with you, ensuring that you obtain incredible images to treasure for years to come.
Fair Isle offers hugely varied conditions for photography, as the nature of fast-changing island weather means that in summer you could find yourself bathing in sunshine one moment, & shrouded in fog the next. Over the 5 days your images will benefit from varied lighting & weather conditions, with photography sessions covering dawn through to dusk. We have designed a flexible itinerary to allow photography of other native wildlife as well as landscape shots, giving photographers the chance to explore the island & make the trip their own.
Your NaturesLens guides will provide advice on composition, technique & species behaviour to enable you to achieve the best possible images, making the most of this rich & dramatic environment & the bustling activity of its residents. Fair Isle offers a unique opportunity to experience an environment truly ruled by its winged inhabitants, & group sizes must be kept small so book early to avoid missing out!
Photographable Species: arctic skua, atlantic puffin, fulmar, great skua

Shetland’s Puffins of Fair-Isle Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - tuesday - 9th july, 2019

transfer from grutness to fair isle, afternoon & evening photography on fair isle

day 2 - wednesday - 10th july, 2019

full-day photography on fair isle

day 3 - thursday - 11th july, 2019

full-day photography on fair isle

day 4 - friday - 12th july, 2019

full-day photography on fair isle

day 5 - saturday- 13th july, 2019

transfer from fair isle to grutness

Example Of The Type Of Image That You May Have Opportunities To Capture During The NaturesLens Atlantic Puffins Of Shetland 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.
Our trip offers enthusiastic wildlife photographers the opportunity to rise early for two dawn visits to the famous red-crowned crane roosting sites of the Tsurui region of Hokkaido; spend two days at the Akan red-crowned crane feeding centre; & spend two days observing the beautiful whooper swans which inhabit Lake Kussharo, a frozen caldera lake in the eastern region of Hokkaido.
Not only this, but our trip is unique in offering six boat trips on the drift ice of the Nemuro Strait to photograph Hokkaido’s fabulous Steller’s sea & white-tailed eagle populations as they fly, feed, dive for fish & fight over scraps. These excursions will give you unique access to the native wildlife at each location, providing ample opportunity to obtain incredible images.
Our tour begins in Tokyo; from there we immediately transfer to Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, which holds the most remote & only true wilderness in Japan. North of the island, the Shiretoko Peninsula is recognised for its world heritage site status, as the landscapes of dramatic coastline & soaring mountains are stunning, giving you the perfect backdrop to achieve editorial quality images of the wildlife inhabitants. As we travel across the island, you will have the opportunity to photograph a vast selection of Japanese Winter Wildlife, including red-crowned cranes, black-eared kites, whooper swans as well as white-tailed & Steller’s sea eagles as we cruise through drift ice environments which surround the island & across additional feeding sites on the Nemuro Peninsula to the east of the island.
We will then move onward to Yudanaka & spend two days at the Jigokudani snow monkey site with the Japanese Macaque, also known as the Snow Monkey, in the mountains, at their thermal spa, as they bathe & feed in the area. We give you the second day here so that you have the chance to fine-tune your photography having become more familiar with the environment & the behaviour of this species. After spending the morning with the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Yaen Koen, we will travel to 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.
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

2020 – 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 & 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 per participant.
Join David & Ian to travel deep into stunning snow-covered landscapes, capturing beautiful images of wildlife which thrives during harsher seasons in Japan. Our group will travel throughout several different regions, including the mountainous area around Yudanaka in central Japan, & north of the mainland to the island of Hokkaido, giving you an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions.
Our trip offers enthusiastic wildlife photographers the opportunity to rise early for two dawn visits to the famous red-crowned crane roosting sites of the Tsurui region of Hokkaido; spend two days at the Akan red-crowned crane feeding centre; & spend two days observing the beautiful whooper swans which inhabit Lake Kussharo, a frozen caldera lake in the eastern region of Hokkaido.
Not only this, but our trip is unique in offering six boat trips on the drift ice of the Nemuro Strait to photograph Hokkaido’s fabulous Steller’s sea & white-tailed eagle populations as they fly, feed, dive for fish & fight over scraps. These excursions will give you unique access to the native wildlife at each location, providing ample opportunity to obtain incredible images.
Our tour begins in Tokyo; from there we immediately transfer to Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, which holds the most remote & only true wilderness in Japan. North of the island, the Shiretoko Peninsula is recognised for its world heritage site status, as the landscapes of dramatic coastline & soaring mountains are stunning, giving you the perfect backdrop to achieve editorial quality images of the wildlife inhabitants. As we travel across the island, you will have the opportunity to photograph a vast selection of Japanese Winter Wildlife, including red-crowned cranes, black-eared kites, whooper swans as well as white-tailed & Steller’s sea eagles as we cruise through drift ice environments which surround the island & across additional feeding sites on the Nemuro Peninsula to the east of the island.
We will then move onward to Yudanaka & spend two days at the Jigokudani snow monkey site with the Japanese Macaque, also known as the Snow Monkey, in the mountains, at their thermal spa, as they bathe & feed in the area. We give you the second day here so that you have the chance to fine-tune your photography having become more familiar with the environment & the behaviour of this species. After spending the morning with the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Yaen Koen, we will travel to 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.
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

2019 – 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 per participant.
We invite you to join us between the dates of 5th - 10th March 2019, & 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.
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 - 5th march, 2019

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

day 2 - wednesday - 6th march, 2019

all-day photography from within the golden eagle hide

day 3 - thursday - 7th march, 2019

all-day photography from within the golden eagle hide

day 4 - friday - 8th march, 2019

all-day photography from within the golden eagle hide

day 5 - saturday - 9th march, 2019

all-day photography from within the golden eagle hide

day 6 - sunday - 10th march, 2019

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