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 – 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

2019 – Spring Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

A Kestrel Amongst The Rocks   An Example An Image That You May Have Opportunities To Capture During The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

Join NaturesLens for a Spring Birds of Prey Photography Workshop, photographing owls & raptors within their captivating woodland environment. Spring weather conditions offer stunning lighting variety throughout the day, providing unique opportunities to capture stunning images of birds of prey in rural Wales.

This workshop is ideally suited to both amateur & semi-professional photographers looking to expand their portfolio. NaturesLens leaders will provide guidance & advice when needed to assist you in making the most of every photography opportunity.

NaturesLens invites you to join Pui Hang Miles on a 1 ½ day birds of prey photography workshop, taking place across varied rural landscapes in mid-Wales capturing impressive images of birds of prey within an expanse of wooded & farmed rural land. Our guides will provide guidance & assist you in interacting with the birds, allowing you to capture magnificent stationary & in-flight images.

The fresh spring air & green foliage make the setting hugely attractive for photographers, & if we’re lucky, there may even be a bluebell or two. NaturesLens leaders will assist you in honing in your composition & motion photography skills so that you obtain editorial-quality images to cherish for years to come. Over the Saturday afternoon & full day on Sunday you will have abundant opportunity to use the varied lighting conditions & different locations at your disposal.

We will have extensive access to our falconer’s land over the course of the workshop, providing you with optimum choice of positions from which you can photograph the elusive owls & raptors as they are held & released within the perfect controlled setting for you to capture impressive images. Our falconer has an experienced eye for photography, so he knows what nature photographers will be looking for & will assist accordingly when needed.

The format of this workshop consists of a special late afternoon/early evening session with an owl on Saturday, giving you an amazing opportunity to get up close to this magnificent bird & take close-up images; followed by a full day of birds of prey photography on Sunday.

Join us & venture into the expansive rural heartland of Wales, capturing majestic native birds of prey on camera as they thrive in their picturesque natural habitat. Places on our spring workshop are limited to ensure we can provide the best experience for every photographer, so book early to avoid disappointment!

A Kestrel   An Example An Image That You May Have Opportunities To Capture During The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

2019 – Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

A Long Eared Owl Posed On An Ancient Tree   An Example Of The Type Of Image That You Will Have Opportunities To Capture During The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop
NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional wildlife photographers to experience the wonders of Welsh rural landscapes, capturing beautiful images of birds of prey against stunning backdrops on a variety of natural perches. This workshop is designed to give you a wide range of photography opportunities to hone your composition & birds in flight skills.
David Miles will provide guidance & advice when needed to assist you in obtaining outstanding images to add to your portfolio. Booking early is essential as spaces are limited.
NaturesLens invites you on 1 ½ day birds of prey photography workshop, based in Welshpool, capturing impressive images of birds of prey using the varied backdrops which the locality has to offer; including disused quarries, barn & farm areas & expanses of woodland. David Miles will offer advice to ensure that you obtain magnificent photographs of these bird species both posed & in-flight.
Autumn brings rich textures & colours to rural areas, as the leaves turn to red, gold & brown, & begin to form a soft blanket which covers the ground. This provides a stunning backdrop for nature photography, & the soft light & warm colours will allow you to capture breathtaking images of bird species. NaturesLens leaders will assist you in honing in your composition & motion photography skills so that you obtain editorial-quality images to cherish for years to come.
Our falconer, who is also a farmer, will allow you extensive access to his land over the course of the birds of prey photography workshop, providing you with optimum choice of positions from which you can photograph the charismatic owls & raptors as they are held & released within the perfect controlled setting for you to capture impressive images. He himself has an experienced eye for photography, so he knows what nature photographers will be looking for & will assist accordingly when needed.
The format of this workshop consists of a special late afternoon / early evening session with an owl on Saturday, followed by a full day of birds of prey photography on Sunday. Shorter days move in during autumn, giving you the chance to use the soft light in our unique late afternoon / early evening session to achieve creative imagery.
Join David & venture into the expansive rural heartland of Wales, capturing majestic birds of prey on camera in picturesque natural habitat. Places on our autumn workshop are limited to ensure we can provide the best experience for every photographer, so book early to avoid disappointment!
A Kestrel Amongst The Rocks   An Example An Image That You May Have Opportunities To Capture During The NaturesLens Welsh Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop
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