2022 – Spanish Birds of Calera Photography Holiday

One Of The Lesser Kestrels From A Large Clony Living In A Derelict Barn   Photographed During The Spanish Birds Of The Calera Plains Photography Holiday
Join Dan Trim on an exciting photography excursion suited to wildlife enthusiasts, photographing the diverse bird species that inhabit the plains of Calera. With a wide selection of comfortable hides throughout the area at our disposal, we will provide you with the best bird photography opportunities possible, capturing them in flight, within their habitats & interacting with one another.
Working from dawn ’til dusk watching this wonderful range of species in action, this is an experience you won’t want to miss!
Join NaturesLens to capture images of owls, kites & other endemic Spanish birdlife, in Spain, during the Spanish Birds of Calera photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 8 night/9 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £2499  £2249 per participant.
We have been capturing images in this region of Spain, using these hides for the past 8 years, & we can honestly say that the range of bird species which thrive in Calera is a sight to behold. From the Little Owl to Black & Griffon Vultures, their characteristics & common behaviours are diverse, but they all live side by side making up a large proportion of the delicate local ecosystem which exists in this region. Birds 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 8 night/9 day excursion to Calera offers opportunities to photograph a huge range of native species, including the Bee Eater, Little Owl, Great & Little Bustard, Black & Griffon Vultures, Lesser & Common Kestrel, Hoopoe, & the Black Winged Kite, as well as many others. We offer an all-inclusive accommodation & meal package 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, 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.
NaturesLens provides 7 days of hide sessions, & on most days you will have the opportunity to use different hides in the morning & afternoon to photograph different species. This trip works on a rotation basis so that each member of the group gets the opportunity to take photographs from a variety of hides. The region is home to a wide range of Iberian Southern European specialities, & we will do our best to tailor your schedule if you make us aware of your target species, photography guidance is provided by Dan where needed.
The freedom we provide with the times of day for photography is important, as many of these bird species are very wary & cautious around humans, & it may, therefore, be necessary to arrive under the cover of darkness. It will also be advisable to approach slowly, & keep noise at a minimum whilst in the hides so as not to startle the birds, as well as to optimise your chances of photographing the birds whilst they are unaware of your presence.
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 a wildlife photography holiday you will never forget.
Places are limited, so book today!
Photographable Species: azure-winged magpie, bee-eater, black kite, black vulture, black-winged kite, common kestrel, cuckoo, egyptian mongoose, great bustard, great grey shrike, griffon vulture, hoopoe, kestrel, lesser kestrel, little owl, red fox, red kite, red-legged partridge, roller

Spanish Birds 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

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

day 8

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

day 9

transfer to adolfo suárez madrid–barajas airport

A Black Kite Amongst The Wildflowers Found At The Carrion Hide   Photographed During The Spanish Birds Of The Calera Plains Photography Holiday

2022 – Spanish Wildlife & Birdlife of Toledo Photography Holiday

An Adult Lesser Kestrel On The Farm Building Rooftop With A Freshly Caught Insect   Photographed On The Estate Used For The NaturesLens Spanish Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday
NaturesLens is pleased to offer a new wildlife photography trip to wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional ability, join David in escaping to the diverse landscape of the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain, you will spend many hours from dawn to dusk making use of an amazing custom-built hide network within the estate of El Taray, which includes ground-level, floating, water-level & sunken hides to capture images of bearded reedling, warblers, collared pratincole, sandpipers, iberian yellow wagtailkentish ploverkingfisherlapwing, grebes of various type, moorhenpin-tailed sandgrouseshelduckspotless starling, the brilliant stone curlewwater rail & more; & of course, the lesser kestrel , plus a variety of other species that are indigenous to the region. Making use of an astonishing network of custom-built hides, which are spread throughout the property, you will be provided with the best bird photography moments 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 David where needed.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of a truly immense selection of birds found on & around the estate of Laguna del Taray, in Spain, during the Spanish Wildlife & Birdlife of Toledo photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board with Drinks Included, Non-Shared basis & costs £2499 per participant.
A vast landscape, with a superb network of hides, the fantastic range of birdlife that co-exists within the estate of El Taray to be found in the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain, all contribute to an experience not to be missed. This photographic holiday is one which will add many species to your photographic portfolio. From the splendid Goshawks & Harriers to the diminutive lesser kestrels, all living side by side in the local ecosystem, which exists in this region. Castile-La Mancha is the region of Spain within which the action of the famous Spanish novel Don Quixote of Cervantes takes place; it is a symbol of the Spanish culture with sunflowers, windmills & El Quijote.
Our Spanish Birds of Toldeo photography tour provides you with a week packed with hide sessions, where your photography will benefit from unparalleled access to locations; the hides are situated strategically within the landscape to provide the best opportunity to photograph a stunning range of bird species.
Additionally, you will have at least two hide sessions devoted to the photography of the lesser kestrel colony, from conceivably the best duo of lesser kestrel hides that we have ever seen!
One morning will see you undertake a photography session dedicated to the goshawk, assuming that the species remains present on the estate, & a during the afternoon a further session devoted to photography of the harriers, buzzards & kites.
Two sessions will be devoted to photography from floating hides, these sessions are a lot of fun & allow for unique photos of birds on the water to be captured, however, should this not be for you, we will adjust your itinerary so that this activity is replaced with a different, but equally exciting, hide experience.
In addition, there are hides for little owl, for wading birds where the hides are sunken into the ground, hides for endemic birds at a drinking pool, hides amongst reed beds for bearded reedlings, reed buntings & more – you will be able to make use of all of these during your 7 night Spanish birds photography holiday.
The estate of El Taray is found in the Province of Toledo & the Castile-La Mancha region, in the central part of the country, 100 km south of the capital Madrid.
The NaturesLens Spanish Birds of Toldeo photography holiday is a unique opportunity to photograph some of the estate’s varied & distinct birdlife, including various raptors, many of the indigenous Spanish species, plus of course the lesser kestrel colony &, hopefully, the Goshawk.
The beautiful landscape, filled as far as you can see with olive groves, offers keen wildlife photographers the ideal opportunity for capturing fabulous images of all the birdlife, but within the groves, particularly, we hope the little owl.
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 trip suits enthusiastic photographers with a passion to experience the magnificent birdlife that Toldeo has to offer; 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.
One of the reasons that to date, NaturesLens had not featured the Goshawk on any Spanish photography holiday before this one was that all the locations that we found previously were “live-baited” … none of the species on the Spanish Birds of Toldeo photography holiday is live-baited; consequently, NaturesLens are now delighted to be able to offer Goshawk photography sessions to our clients.
Photographable Species: bearded reedling, bee-eater, black kite, blackbird, cetti's warbler, collared pratincole, common buzzard, common reed warbler, common sandpiper, crested lark, goshawk, great reed warbler, green sandpiper, hoopoe, iberian hare, iberian yellow wagtail, imperial eagle, jackdaw, kentish plover, kingfisher, lapwing, lesser kestrel, little grebe, little owl, magpie, marsh harrier, montagus harrier, moorhen, moustached warbler, nightingale, pallid harrier, pin-tailed sandgrouse, roller, savi's warbler, shelduck, spanish sparrow, spotless starling, starling, stone curlew, stonechat, tit, tits, tree sparrow, water rail, wild rabbit

Spanish Wildlife & Birdlife of Toledo Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to madrid from home location & transfer to tembleque

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 photography in various hides * on the estate of laguna del taray, evening landscape photography including the windmills of consuegra & evening meal overlooking the windmills

day 5

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

day 6

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

day 7

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

day 8

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

One Of Pair Of Goshawks That Are Found In The Area   Photographed On The Estate Used For The NaturesLens Spanish Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday

2022 – Spanish Birdlife of Toledo Photography Holiday

An Adult Lesser Kestrel On The Farm Building Rooftop With A Freshly Caught Insect   Photographed On The Estate Used For The NaturesLens Spanish Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday
NaturesLens is pleased to offer a new wildlife photography tour to wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional ability, join David in escaping to the diverse landscape of the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain, you will spend many hours from dawn to dusk making use of an amazing custom-built hide network within the estate of El Taray, which includes ground-level, floating, water-level & sunken hides to capture images of bearded reedling, warblers, collared pratincole, sandpipers, iberian yellow wagtailkentish ploverkingfisherlapwing, grebes of various type, moorhenpin-tailed sandgrouseshelduckspotless starling, the brilliant stone curlewwater rail & more; & of course, the lesser kestrel , plus a variety of other species that are indigenous to the region. Making use of an astonishing network of custom-built hides, which are spread throughout the property, you will be provided with the best bird photography moments 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 David where needed.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of a truly immense selection of birds found on & around the estate of Laguna del Taray, in Spain, during the Spanish Birdlife of Toledo photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board with Drinks Included, Non-Shared basis & costs £2499 per participant.
A vast landscape, with a superb network of hides, the fantastic range of birdlife that co-exists within the estate of El Taray to be found in the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain, all contribute to an experience not to be missed. This photographic holiday is one which will add many species to your photographic portfolio. From the splendid Goshawks & Harriers to the diminutive lesser kestrels, all living side by side in the local ecosystem, which exists in this region. Castile-La Mancha is the region of Spain within which the action of the famous Spanish novel Don Quixote of Cervantes takes place; it is a symbol of the Spanish culture with sunflowers, windmills & El Quijote.
Our Spanish Birds of Toldeo photography holiday provides you with a week packed with hide sessions, where your photography will benefit from unparalleled access to locations; the hides are situated strategically within the landscape to provide the best opportunity to photograph a stunning range of bird species.
Additionally, you will have at least two hide sessions devoted to the photography of the lesser kestrel colony, from conceivably the best duo of lesser kestrel hides that we have ever seen!
One morning will see you undertake a photography session dedicated to the goshawk, assuming that the species remains present on the estate, & a during the afternoon a further session devoted to photography of the harriers, buzzards & kites.
Two sessions will be devoted to photography from floating hides, these sessions are a lot of fun & allow for unique photos of birds on the water to be captured, however, should this not be for you, we will adjust your itinerary so that this activity is replaced with a different, but equally exciting, hide experience.
In addition, there are hides for little owl, for wading birds where the hides are sunken into the ground, hides for endemic birds at a drinking pool, hides amongst reed beds for bearded reedlings, reed buntings & more – you will be able to make use of all of these during your 7 night Spanish birds photography holiday.
The estate of El Taray is found in the Province of Toledo & the Castile-La Mancha region, in the central part of the country, 100 km south of the capital Madrid.
The NaturesLens Spanish Birds of Toldeo photography holiday is a unique opportunity to photograph some of the estate’s varied & distinct birdlife, including various raptors, many of the indigenous Spanish species, plus of course the lesser kestrel colony &, hopefully, the Goshawk.
The beautiful landscape, filled as far as you can see with olive groves, offers keen wildlife photographers the ideal opportunity for capturing fabulous images of all the birdlife, but within the groves, particularly, we hope the little owl.
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 trip suits enthusiastic photographers with a passion to experience the magnificent birdlife that Toldeo has to offer; 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.
One of the reasons that to date, NaturesLens had not featured the Goshawk on any Spanish photography holiday before this one was that all the locations that we found previously were “live-baited” … none of the species on the Spanish Birds of Toldeo photography holiday is live-baited; consequently, NaturesLens are now delighted to be able to offer Goshawk photography sessions to our clients.
Photographable Species: bearded reedling, bee-eater, black kite, blackbird, cetti's warbler, collared pratincole, common buzzard, common reed warbler, common sandpiper, crested lark, goshawk, great reed warbler, green sandpiper, hoopoe, iberian hare, iberian yellow wagtail, imperial eagle, jackdaw, kentish plover, kingfisher, lapwing, lesser kestrel, little grebe, little owl, magpie, marsh harrier, montagus harrier, moorhen, moustached warbler, nightingale, pallid harrier, pin-tailed sandgrouse, roller, savi's warbler, shelduck, spanish sparrow, spotless starling, starling, stone curlew, stonechat, tit, tits, tree sparrow, water rail, wild rabbit

Spanish Birdlife of Toledo Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to madrid from home location & transfer to tembleque

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 photography in various hides * on the estate of laguna del taray, evening landscape photography including the windmills of consuegra & evening meal overlooking the windmills

day 5

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

day 6

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

day 7

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

day 8

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

One Of Pair Of Goshawks That Are Found In The Area   Photographed On The Estate Used For The NaturesLens Spanish Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday

Mediterranean Wildlife of Andalucia Photography Holiday

We are excited to be able to invite guests of NaturesLens to join us for this 7-night wildlife photography holiday to Andalucia & the kingdom of the Iberian Lynx , the Spanish Imperial Eagle & the Black Vulture.
During this wildlife photography holiday, we will spend time photographing the various mammals & birds found within the Sierra of Andujar.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Mediterranean Wildlife of Andalucia including the Imperial Eagle & the Iberian lynx, in Spain, during the Mediterranean Wildlife of Andalucia photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £2999  £2749 per participant.
Throughout this wildlife photography holiday, we hope to be able to photograph Iberian Lynx, Red Deer, Red-legged Partridge, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sardinian Warbler, Robin, Crested Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Hawfinch, Rock Bunting, Dunnock & more besides.
The highlight though is the possibility of spotting the elusive Iberian lynx – the world’s rarest cat.
As well as 4×4 safaris, we will make use of hides that have been established within the areas. One hide is located by a waterhole & species which have been photographed here include Iberian Lynx, Red Deer, Red-legged Partridge, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sardinian Warbler, Robin, Crested Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Hawfinch, Rock Bunting, Dunnock plus more. Another hide has been placed for birds of prey & the lynx. Species which have been photographed at this hide include Northern Goshawk, Common Buzzard, Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture, Spanish Imperial Eagle & of course, the Iberian Lynx.
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This wildlife photography holiday is perfect for photographers who wish to photograph one of the rarest cats in the world, the Iberian lynx. The typically small guest group size ensures that we have the best chance for encounters with this elusive cat. In addition to the hides, during the 4×4 safaris, we also search for the Iberian lynx both on public & private land.
Thanks to colossal conservation efforts, the Iberian Lynx is back from the edge of extinction; however, only 900 individuals exist in the wild, the bulk of these are concentrated in the rugged & unspoilt regions of Southern Spain.
The Iberian Lynx is about twice as big as a large house cat, its hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs. The tail is short & has a black tip. The brown fur typically is made up of many tones.
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Please do be aware that the Iberian Lynx is a rare & shy animal so quiet & patience is required. The chance of success is estimated to be reasonable but not in any way guaranteed.
For this reason, our itinerary will be flexible with regards to the hide sessions & 4 x 4 safaris to give you the best chance of success.
All participants must be aware that these animals are timid & do not show themselves for long.
All that said, if you manage to photograph the Iberian Lynx, then this will be amongst the top wildlife encounters that you can experience & one that you will never forget because the Iberian lynx is genuinely, in our opinion, the most beautiful & rarest cat on our planet.
Photographable Species: Iberian lynx, black vulture, blue tit, common buzzard, crested tit, dunnock, great tit, great-spotted woodpecker, griffon vulture, hawfinch, iberian green woodpecker, northern goshawk, red deer, red-legged partridge, robin, rock bunting, sardinian warbler, spanish imperial eagle

Mediterranean Wildlife of Andalucia Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to malaga from home location & transfer to sierra de andujar - overnight in sierra de andujar

day 2

morning in the hides - 4x4 safari during the afternoon or all day photography in the raptor & lynx hide - overnight in sierra de andujar

day 3

4x4 safari during the morning - afternoon in the hides or all day photography in the raptor & lynx hide - overnight in sierra de andujar

day 4

morning in the hides - 4x4 safari during the afternoon or all day photography in the raptor & lynx hide - overnight in sierra de andujar

day 5

4x4 safari during the morning - afternoon in the hides or all day photography in the raptor & lynx hide - overnight in sierra de andujar

day 6

morning in the hides - 4x4 safari during the afternoon or all day photography in the raptor & lynx hide - overnight in sierra de andujar

day 7

4x4 safari during the morning - afternoon in the hides or all day photography in the raptor & lynx hide - overnight in sierra de andujar

day 8

morning in the hides - transfer to malaga - overnight in sierra de andujar

2021 – Spanish Golden Eagle & Lammergeier Photography Holiday

One of the Lammergeier poses on a rocky outcrop on the mountainside captured at the locations used for the Natureslens Lammergeier Golden Eagle Photography Holiday
Join Pui Hang for this five-day trip which will take place in the Catalonia region in north-east Spain & will focus on that region’s most emblematic species, the Bearded Vultures (Lammergeier) & Golden Eagle.
You will have the opportunity to photograph Lammergeiers feeding on the ground & in flight, with the spectacular mountains of the Pre-Pyrenees as your backdrop. The Lammergeier is a rare & magnificent bird that is in decline throughout most of its ancient European habitats. The 90 Lammergeier territories in the French & Spanish Pyrenees represents more than 75% of the total European population of this extraordinary bird.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Lammergeier & Golden Eagle, in Spain, during the Spanish Golden Eagle & Lammergeier photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 4 night/5 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1899 per participant.
Using a series of hides, you will have the chance to photograph up to 20 different individuals, in their natural habitat.
In this magnificent location, the Lammergeiers are the kings of the mountain.
The hides have been designed by professional photographers to take advantage of the best light & the best backgrounds. They are located at a height of approximately 1400 m in the Pre-Pyrenees near Lleida in Catalonia. Large, one-way windows enable you to capture stunning images of the Bearded Vultures (Lammergeier) & other scavengers as they perch on the ground & in flight.
The hides can accommodate up to a maximum of three photographers. There is a chemical WC & a folding bed for those rare moments when nothing is going on. The windows can be opened from the inside & cleaned should it rain (although you should pull down the blind first in order not to scare the birds). There are also shelves & hangers for storing bags, lenses & other pieces of equipment.
Accommodation is provided in a rural hotel located just a short walking distance from the hides.
During these three days of intensive photography, it will be possible to photograph the eight different plumages presented by the Bearded Vulture & obtain images of more than 20 different individuals.
Join NaturesLens for a wildlife photography holiday you will never forget.
Places are limited, so book today!
Photographable Species: golden eagle, lammergeier

Spanish Golden Eagle & Lammergeier Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to barcelona–el prat josep tarradellas airport from home location & transfer to lleida

day 2

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in lleida

day 3

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in lleida

day 4

morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in lleida

day 5

transfer to barcelona–el prat josep tarradellas airport & flight to home location

One of the Lammergeier poses on a rocky outcrop on the mountainside captured at the locations used for the Natureslens Lammergeier Golden Eagle Photography Holiday

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 – Birdlife of Central Spain Photography Holiday

An Adult Lesser Kestrel On The Farm Building Rooftop With A Freshly Caught Insect   Photographed On The Estate Used For The NaturesLens Spanish Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday
NaturesLens is pleased to offer a new wildlife photography holiday to wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional ability, join David in escaping to the diverse landscape of the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain, you will spend many hours from dawn to dusk making use of an amazing custom-built hide network within the estate of El Taray, which includes ground-level, floating, water-level & sunken hides to capture images of bearded reedling, warblers, collared pratincole, sandpipers, iberian yellow wagtailkentish ploverkingfisherlapwing, grebes of various type, moorhenpin-tailed sandgrouseshelduckspotless starling, the brilliant stone curlewwater rail & more; & of course, the lesser kestrel , plus a variety of other species that are indigenous to the region. Making use of an astonishing network of custom-built hides, which are spread throughout the property, you will be provided with the best bird photography moments 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 David where needed.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of a truly immense selection of birds found on & around the estate of Laguna del Taray, in Spain, during the Birdlife of Central Spain photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board with Drinks Included, Non-Shared basis & costs £2499  £2099 per participant.
A vast landscape, with a superb network of hides, the fantastic range of birdlife that co-exists within the estate of El Taray to be found in the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain, all contribute to an experience not to be missed. This photographic holiday is one which will add many species to your photographic portfolio. From the splendid Goshawks & Harriers to the diminutive lesser kestrels, all living side by side in the local ecosystem, which exists in this region. Castile-La Mancha is the region of Spain within which the action of the famous Spanish novel Don Quixote of Cervantes takes place; it is a symbol of the Spanish culture with sunflowers, windmills & El Quijote.
Our Spanish Birdlife of Central Spain photography holiday provides you with a week packed with hide sessions, where your photography will benefit from unparalleled access to locations; the hides are situated strategically within the landscape to provide the best opportunity to photograph a stunning range of bird species.
Additionally, you will have at least two hide sessions devoted to the photography of the lesser kestrel colony, from conceivably the best duo of lesser kestrel hides that we have ever seen!
One morning will see you undertake a photography session dedicated to the goshawk, assuming that the species remains present on the estate, & a during the afternoon a further session devoted to photography of the harriers, buzzards & kites.
In addition, there are hides for little owl, for wading birds where the hides are sunken into the ground, hides for endemic birds at a drinking pool, hides amongst reed beds for bearded reedlings, reed buntings & more – you will be able to make use of all of these during your 7 night Spanish birds photography holiday.
The estate of El Taray is found in the Province of Toledo & the Castile-La Mancha region, in the central part of the country, 100 km south of the capital Madrid.
The NaturesLens Birdlife of Central Spain photography holiday is a unique opportunity to photograph some of the estate’s varied & distinct birdlife, including various raptors, many of the indigenous Spanish species, plus of course the lesser kestrel colony &, hopefully, the Goshawk.
The beautiful landscape, filled as far as you can see with olive groves, offers keen wildlife photographers the ideal opportunity for capturing fabulous images of all the birdlife, but within the groves, particularly, we hope the little owl.
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 trip suits enthusiastic photographers with a passion to experience the magnificent birdlife that Toldeo has to offer; 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 reedling, bee-eater, black kite, blackbird, cetti's warbler, collared pratincole, common buzzard, common reed warbler, common sandpiper, crested lark, goshawk, great reed warbler, green sandpiper, hoopoe, iberian hare, iberian yellow wagtail, imperial eagle, jackdaw, kentish plover, kingfisher, lapwing, lesser kestrel, little grebe, little owl, magpie, marsh harrier, montagus harrier, moorhen, moustached warbler, nightingale, pallid harrier, pin-tailed sandgrouse, roller, savi's warbler, shelduck, spanish sparrow, spotless starling, starling, stone curlew, stonechat, tit, tits, tree sparrow, water rail, wild rabbit

Birdlife of Central Spain Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to madrid from home location & transfer to tembleque

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 photography in various hides * on the estate of laguna del taray, evening landscape photography including the windmills of consuegra & evening meal overlooking the windmills

day 5

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

day 6

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

day 7

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

day 8

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

One Of Pair Of Goshawks That Are Found In The Area   Photographed On The Estate Used For The NaturesLens Spanish Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday

2022 – 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
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