Calera has been on our calendar since 2014; 2021 saw a new wildlife photography trip to capture images of the wildlife of the area of Calera y Chozas during the winter & in 2022 we will be running it again. 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 £1899 £1799 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!
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 hide sessions & appropriate permits
All in-trip transportation
All photography sessions & appropriate permits
Food on a half board basis
Guaranteed Window Seat
Guidance & advice from our Photography Holiday Guide
Transportation between photographic locations
Any activities not listed on the itinerary
Meals not listed on the itinerary
Personal expenses of any type
Tips & Gratuities
Transportation to start location
What our clients say
Alan - Calera - 2017
Always good trips, with great photographic opportunities, & lots of camaraderie. Recommended!
Make a Booking Enquiry
To make a booking enquiry, please complete the form below & we will get back to you as soon as possible.
You are making an enquiry for the Winter Wildlife of Calera photography holiday, which is scheduled for the dates of 4th - 10th December 2022 & costs £1899 £1799 per participant, this photography holiday requires a deposit of, £400 to secure a place.
This form collects your entered details for the purposes of a booking enquiry.
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 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.
To be advised
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
It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical & personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the photography holiday. We also strongly recommend you take out cover for cancellation & curtailment & baggage cover.
We have made use of the services of Campbell Irvine Insurance in the past, Campbell Irvine has policies which are specially designed for adventure holidays & are underwritten by AXA Insurance. As an alternative, check your standard travel insurance, many bank accounts include suitable insurance as part of a packaged deal.
Personal Travel Insurance can be arranged directly at Campbell Irvine.
For photographic insurance, we highly recommend the services of Glover & Howe. We have made use of their policies for a number of years now, adjustments, policy maintenance & claims are handled in an easy & professional manner by them.
Winter Wildlife of Calera Photography Holiday Summary
The Winter Wildlife of Calera photography holiday is a photography holiday of 6 night/7 day duration, that costs £1899 £1799 per participant & takes place in Calera y Chozas in Spain, between the dates of 4th - 10th December 2022. It is ideal for photographing black kite, black vulture, buzzard, egyptian mongoose, european crane, golden eagle, griffon vulture, ibex, imperial eagle, marsh harrier, red kite, red partridge & more. This photography holiday is led by Pui Hang Miles for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 3 participants & a maximum of 6, plus Pui Hang. 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 & Calera y Chozas are included in the cost of this photography holiday, this photography holiday requires a deposit of £400 to secure a place.
Winter Wildlife of Calera Photography Holiday Payment Details
Deposit required to secure a place: £400 payable upon making a booking.
Final balance payment due: September 4th, 2022*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
Bookings close: September 4th, 2022.
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.