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2019 – Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

April 13 - April 22

One Of The Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Returns With Nesting Material   Image Captured During The Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday
  • Florida's Ospreys,

    Eagles & other birdlife

    Join David Miles, one of the co-founders of NaturesLens, for this 9-night photography holiday to the bird life rich state of Florida

    Travel through Florida, taking photo opportunities with bald eagle, egret, little egret, osprey & spoonbill & more.

    13th - 22nd April 2019

    £4449 per participant

    Closed for bookings

    Group size: 3 - 4 participants - fully booked.

    Bookings closed: Fully booked.

    Fully booked

    Florida's Ospreys, Eagles & other birdlife - £4449 per participant

    13th - 22nd April 2019
    £4449 per participant
    fully booked
  • NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional wildlife photographers on a lakeside adventure, travelling to Florida to capture images of the native Osprey population as they thrive in their picturesque natural habitat. As the sun rises, the bird population comes to life, providing perfect photography opportunities as they fly & dive in the light of the rising sun over the watery horizon.
    This 9 night photography trip offers excellent access to this stunning landscape & the wildlife which inhabit it, taking boat trips to capture the best possible images. The osprey is your target species, but you will also be photographing bald eagles, owls, pelicans & coastal birds. Book early to avoid disappointment!
    Join NaturesLens to capture images of hundreds of ospreys & their young, in United States, during the Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 9 night/10 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £4449 per participant.
    We utilise two locations for our osprey adventure. Blue Cypress Lake, named so because of the blue appearance of the cypress trees as the morning sun’s rays reflect off the water; & the Gainesville area, where the Ospreys are to be found with Bald Eagles. If you are lucky, you may even see the two species interacting.
    You will enjoy three early morning boat trips on Blue Cypress Lake. As the sun rises over the lake, the reflected light illuminates the Cypress trees which dot the surface & perimeter of the lake; giving it its name. Over 200 pairs of ospreys reside in the area in the trees which trace the lake’s shoreline & you will have plenty of opportunities to photograph them as they fish, feed their young & bring back nesting material. Afternoons offer chances of more osprey photography on the lake, or you can visit a local rookery to photograph additional wildlife such as snowy egrets, wood storks, roseate spoonbills & obtain magnificent landscape images. It is truly a keen bird photographer’s paradise.
    We have incorporated a day at Cape Coral, photographing another much sort after native species, the burrowing owl. These pint-sized raptors are one of the smallest of all the owls, & of the 171 species of owls worldwide, the only owl that lives underground.
    You will also have the opportunity to photograph snail kites, the 3rd rarest bird in North America, as they fly slowly along the shorelines seeking their primary food item, the apple snail. While you are on the boat, you may even see a kite perched on a clump of cattail or in a willow tree.
    At Gainesville, you will enjoy three boat trips to photograph ospreys & bald eagles. If you are lucky, you may even see a bald eagle snatching fish from an osprey!
    The schedule for this trip has been designed to allow you to make the most of the photography opportunities available in the area. You will return with a stunning portfolio of some of the most impressive bird species that Florida has to offer.
    Accommodation is offered on a half board basis, & your photography leader will provide guidance where necessary to ensure that you capture remarkable wildlife shots, as well as beautiful Cypress tree ‘lake-scapes’.
    Group sizes are limited, so book now to become part of the lucky few!
    Photographable Species: bald eagle, egret, little egret, osprey, spoonbill

    Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday Itinerary

    day 1 - saturday - 13th april, 2019

    arrive orlando international airport, evening photography at rookery - overnight gatorland

    day 2 - sunday - 14th april, 2019

    morning photography at rookery, transfer to vero beach - overnight vero beach

    day 3 - monday - 15th april, 2019

    early morning osprey photography on blue cypress lake, afternoon photography at rookery - overnight vero beach

    day 4 - tuesday - 16th april, 2019

    early morning osprey photography on blue cypress lake, afternoon photography at rookery - overnight vero beach

    day 5 - wednesday - 17th april, 2019

    early morning osprey photography on blue cypress lake, transfer to cape coral, evening burrowing owl photography - overnight cape coral

    day 6 - thursday - 18th april, 2019

    burrowing owl photography photography, transfer to kissimmee, afternoon snail kite photography - overnight kissimmee

    day 7 - friday - 19th april, 2019

    morning snail kite photography, late afternoon snail kite photography - overnight kissimmee

    day 8 - saturday - 20th april, 2019

    transfer to gainesville, afternoon bald eagle & osprey photography - overnight gainesville

    day 9 - sunday - 21st april, 2019

    early morning bald eagle & osprey photography, afternoon bald eagle & osprey photography - overnight gainesville

    day 10 - monday - 22nd april, 2019

    transfer to orlando international airport

    One Of The Roseate Spoonbills At A Rookery Site   Image Captured During The Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday
  • 25%

    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.

    • Accommodation on a non-shared basis (with no single supplement payable)
    • All in-trip transportation
    • All photography sessions & appropriate permits
    • Food on a half board basis
    • Guidance & advice from our Photography Holiday Guide
    • Transportation between photographic locations
    • All Drinks
    • Any activities not listed on the itinerary
    • Flights
    • Meals not listed on the itinerary
    • Personal expenses of any type
    • Required Insurances
    • Sundries
    • Tips & Gratuities
    • Transportation to start location
    • Visas

    What our clients say

    • Simon - Florida - 2016

      It’s an opportunity to share your wildlife photography passion with like-minded people, take great photos, learn new things, see nature & wildlife at it’s best, & have lots of fun & make new friends in the process.

    Make a Booking Enquiry
    Sorry, all the available places for this photography holiday, Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake, 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 bring along an intermediate telephoto lens such as the 100-400mm, which is extremely versatile & a 400mm, 500mm or 600mm lens. The 200-400mm with built in extender is a great alternative to the 500mm or 600mm.

    You should also pack a monopod to help steady your lens while you are on the boat.

    Recommended Clothing

    For this photography holiday, we recommend that you pack thin neutral coloured t-shirts & blouses teamed with neutral coloured trousers. You should also bring a hat, preferably a safari style hat with a broad rim all around the edge, to protect your head & scalp from getting burnt.

    Sandals or easy shoes are great for the hotel but you will need sensible shoes for when you are out & about.

    Don't forget to pack your sunglasses, plenty of sunscreen & insect repellent!

    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 3 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

    Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday Summary

    The Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake photography holiday is a photography holiday of 9 night/10 day duration, that costs £4449 per participant

    & takes place in Vero Beach in the United States, between the dates of 13th - 22nd April 2019. It is ideal for photographing bald eagle, egret, little egret, osprey, spoonbill & more. This photography holiday is led by David Miles for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 3 participants & a maximum of 4, plus David. 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 Orlando Airport. , although you may be able to travel on the same flights as David, if you are travelling from London. Transfers between Orlando Airport & Vero Beach are included in the cost of this photography holiday, this photography holiday requires a deposit of £900 to secure a place.

    Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday Payment Details

    • Deposit required to secure a place: £900 payable upon making a booking.
    • Final balance payment due: January 13th, 2019*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
    • Bookings close: March 13th, 2019.
    • 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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  • Details

    13th - 22nd April 2019
    £4449 per participant
    Event Category:


    United States
    Vero Beach,FLUnited States


    David Miles