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2020 – Spanish Birds of the Castilian Plains Photography Holiday

May 3 - May 10

A Golden Eagle calls to announce its presence photographed at the locations used for the NaturesLens Spanish Birds of the Castilian Plains photography holiday
  • Spanish Birds

    of the Castilian Plains

    Join Robin in both the Villafáfila Natural Reserve & the Arribes del Duero Natural Park on this 7 night photography trip to Spain

    Spend a week in the Zamora region of Spain, taking photo opportunities with Bonelli's Eagle, Golden Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Great Bustard, Griffon Vulture, Red Kite, Black Kite, Black Vulture & more.

    3rd - 10th May 2020

    £2499 per participant

    Closed for bookings

    Group size: 5 - 6 participants - fully booked.

    Bookings closed: Fully booked.

    Fully booked

    Spanish Birds of the Castilian Plains - £2499 per participant

    3rd - 10th May 2020
    £2499 per participant
    fully booked
  • Spring in Spain; surely the birds most synonymous with the region are the Great Bustards, who put on fabulous displays at their lek sites in an attempt to compete for the attention of the females of the species. These birds, coupled with the Bonelli’s, Golden & Imperial eagles make this photography holiday from NaturesLens ‘a must’ for those wishing to fill their portfolio with some of the best-known & most impressive Birds of Spain.
    Sunrise & sunset are considered the prime times of day for creative photography, therefore, we ensure that our photography sessions make the most of these times of the day. This provides unrivalled exposure to the variety of species which inhabit this region.
    Join NaturesLens to capture images of Birds of the Castilian Plains, in Spain, during the Spanish Birds of the Castilian Plains photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £2499 per participant.
    For this new photography holiday, Robin 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
  • 10%

    Discount from Lenses For Hire on any lenses, or other camera equipment, that you require FOR this wildlife photography holiday.

    NaturesLens have partnered with Lenses For Hire to give you an exclusive discount on any lenses hired for any NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holiday or Workshop.

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    Sorry, all the available places for this photography holiday, Spanish Birds of the Castilian Plains, have already been reserved; however, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list in case of any cancellations or to be notified should we decide to run another of these trips, please fill in the form below.
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    How to Book
    Before booking, it is important that you read the relevant photography holiday event page & our Booking Terms & Conditions. If you have any doubts regarding your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us.
    To book, simply click the relevant link from the event page on our website. You will then be sent a booking form & a copy of our terms & conditions. In order to secure your place on the selected photography holiday, simply complete the booking form with details of all persons travelling & holiday indemnity, in relevant cases, & return to us (either by email or by post) with confirmation that the deposit has been paid. Payments should be made via bank transfer.
    A deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 90 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the photography holiday price is required.
    Recommended Equipment

    Recommended Camera Equipment

    For this photography holiday, we would recommend that you have available, an array of lenses from an intermediate telephoto lens such as the 100-400mm, which is extremely versatile, through to your longest lens, whether that is a 400mm, 500mm or 600mm. A wide angle would also be useful if you fancy capturing some birds in the environment shots.

    If you own a lens with an aperture of f/2.8 within the recommended focal length, bring it! These will allow you to focus on your subject faster & will also be useful in low light conditions.

    You should also pack a tripod to help steady your lens, especially when you are out photographing at dawn & dusk.

    Recommended Clothing

    For this photography holiday, the weather can be changeable so we would recommend that you pack layers of thin fleeces or mid shirts & jumpers since you can remove items of clothing as you start to warm up. You don't need to bring camouflage clothes but please do pack neutral coloured clothes so that you blend into the landscape. You should also bring a warm waterproof coat & waterproof trousers in case it rains, so you are covered for all eventualities.

    Silk gloves or a thin pair of thermal gloves with rubber grip on the fingers & palm will help to keep your hands warm. Silk gloves are great for wicking away moisture from your hands, leaving them dry & therefore lovely & warm. Gloves where the fingers are cut away so that you can operate your camera with them on would be a good substitute.

    Don't forget to pack sensible waterproof walking boots & a warm hat to protect your head.

    Additional Notes
    NaturesLens photography holidays do not include flights unless it is explicitly stated on the event page. When it is time to book your flights, we will send you the details in plenty of time to allow for bookings at the best available price.
    The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
    NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the photography holiday may not go ahead. This photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 5 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
    In the event that the minimum number for a photography holiday to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given photography holiday. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.
    Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.
    Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling. International or western cuisine is often NOT available. If you have any concerns over the food arrangements or have any special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to making a booking.
    All personal luggage are the responsibility of the owner & we request that photography holiday participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag & tripod. We do not wish to appear dictatorial in this matter & the request is made to ensure space & comfort for everyone in our vehicles.
    NaturesLens & its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, & as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause.
    NaturesLens reserves the right to substitute hotels, & other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.
    NaturesLens reserves the right to pass on to photography holiday particpants any additional & unplanned expenditure incurred during a photography holiday, via events beyond the control of NaturesLens. NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any photography holiday.
    Payment of deposit by photography holiday participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.
    All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.
    Travel Insurance Requirements

    Spanish Birds of the Castilian Plains Photography Holiday Summary

    The Spanish Birds of the Castilian Plains photography holiday is a photography holiday of 7 night/8 day duration, that costs £2499 per participant

    & takes place in Villalpando in Spain, between the dates of 3rd - 10th May 2020. It is ideal for photographing 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 & more. This photography holiday is led by Robin Lowry for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 5 participants & a maximum of 6, plus Robin. We consider this to be an event of Easy level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us prior to making a booking enquiry. The photography holiday starts & ends at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. Transfers between Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport & Villalpando are included in the cost of this photography holiday, this photography holiday requires a deposit of £500 to secure a place.

    Spanish Birds of the Castilian Plains Photography Holiday Payment Details

    • Deposit required to secure a place: £500 payable upon making a booking.
    • Final balance payment due: February 3rd, 2020*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
    • Bookings close: April 3rd, 2020.
    • No-interest payment plan: we offer a no-interest payment plan for our photography holidays. Please enquire for details.
    • * Unless stated otherwise on our event booking form.

    Financial Protection

    Financial Protection provided by the Travel Vault
    NaturesLens Limited is a company committed to customer satisfaction & consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, & in accordance with ''The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992'' all passengers booking with NaturesLens Limited are fully insured for the initial deposit, & subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form.
    The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of NaturesLens Limited.
    This insurance has been arranged by The Travel Vault in conjunction with Towergate Travel through Zurich Insurance PLC.

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    3rd - 10th May 2020
    £2499 per participant
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    Villalpando, Spain


    Robin Lowry