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Wildlife Photography Holidays with explicit changes for social distancing

A solitary Marsh Harrier flies in front of the reed beds within the estate of El Taray in Spain photographed during the NaturesLens Winter Birds of Toledo photography holiday

Whilst the vast majority of our wildlife photography trips have non-shared accommodation, meaning that you would never be sharing sleeping accommodation with someone that is from outside your social bubble, we have made a few changes, with the kind help of several of our suppliers to some of our trips also to enable social distancing away from the accommodation. Perhaps the biggest change is to our Finland trip where we can now offer everyone their own room, as a change from the norm, at no extra cost to you! But more on that further down this blog post.

We have social distancing measures in place for the accommodation elements of a tour & we are taking measures for the transportation elements. But how do you socially distance when photographing from a hide where you may be spending hours at a time? Some people may not be comfortable sharing with someone who is from outside their social bubble, even if everyone is wearing masks.
We are pleased to announce that our partners in Toledo & Finland agree, meaning that …
Winter Birds of Toledo is now to be conducted on a single person per hide basis. Our partners are building additional hides & taking other measures to ensure that the experience is still the same, just on the basis that takes social distancing into account. Of course, if you want to share with a partner or family member from within your social bubble, then that is fine!
So you can join Pui Hang in the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain, for a 5-night photography holiday to the estate of El Taraybetween the dates of 27th January – 1st February 2021, safe in the knowledge that your accommodation on the estate & your time in the hides is to be conducted in a socially distanced manner.
Whilst on this holiday, over 4 ½ days of photography, you will have the use of a collection of brilliant hides to capture images of a range of birds, including the raptors of the estate, that call Laguna del Taray their home during the winter months.
This tour is also temporarily reduced from £1799 to £1599 – plus it is covered by our booking guarantee so if this trip doesn’t take place, we can roll guests trips forward to 2022 at no increase in price!
View Details of the Winter Birds of Toledo trip
Traditionally both the accommodation for our Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday & the hide usage has been shared. But for 2021, this is not the case – social distancing rules! The price remains the same; however, we have arranged for the accommodation to be single occupancy & the hide usage to be on the same single occupancy basis. Of course, if you want to share with a partner or family member from within your social bubble, then that is fine!
You can join NaturesLens for our 6-night nature photography trip in Finland, photographing the majestic European brown bear between the dates of 12th – 18th June 2021. You will benefit from the long hours of daylight to capture stunning images of this magnificent predator in swamp, meadow & forest habitats – all from the professional hides located in the Taiga.
Unlike some operators who visit just one location, you will have the opportunity of visiting two of the best locations in Finland to capture incredible images of this secretive species with opportunities also to photograph wolverine & if you are lucky, the wolf. What’s more, you will also be photographing from the professional hides on a single occupancy basis.
This tour is covered by our booking guarantee so if this trip doesn’t take place, we can roll guests tours forward to 2022 at no increase in price!

View Details of the Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland trip
For a summer trip, we head back to Toledo, to the same estate again, all on the same basis. A single person per hide & a single person per room in the accommodation, unless you are travelling with a partner or family member from within your social bubble.
Birdlife of Central Spain is now also on a single person per hide basis. For the summer season at El Taray, our partners are building additional hides & taking other measures to ensure that the experience is still the same, just on a non-shared basis. Of course, if you want to share with a partner or family member from within your social bubble, then that is fine!
This means that you can join David in Toledo for this 7-night photography trip to Spain between the dates of 27th June – 4th July 2021, safe in the knowledge that your accommodation on the estate & your time in the hides is to be conducted in a manner which takes into account the need for social distancing.

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, water-level & sunken hides to capture images of bearded reedling, warblers, collared pratincole, sandpipers, Iberian yellow wagtail, Kentish plover, kingfisher, lapwing, grebes of various type, moorhen, pin-tailed sandgrouse, shelduck, spotless starling, the brilliant stone curlew, water rail & more; & of course, the lesser kestrel.


This tour is also temporarily reduced from £2499 to £2099 – plus it is covered by our booking guarantee so if this trip doesn’t take place, we can roll guests trips forward to 2022 at no increase in price!
View Details of the Birdlife of Central Spain trip
At the end of 2021, we have our seal photography weeks, until social distancing restrictions are eased, we are assuming thatthis pair of photography holidays will be conducted on a socially distanced basis.
This means that every social bubble will have their own bedroom & bathroom, we can accommodate any combination of single photographers or couples.
You will not be sharing with a stranger or a person from outside your social bubble.

This trip is covered by our booking guarantee so if this trip doesn’t take place; we can roll guests trips forward to 2022 at no increase in price!
View Details of our Seal Photography Holidays
We are grateful to our partners, who have implemented changes to their offerings to accommodate the need for social distancing.

Where in the World Can I Go to Safely Photograph Wildlife?

Stellars Sea Eagle in flight

It's easy, we've matched up travel corridors & locations already!

A number of guests have contacted us asking the exact question above, ‘Where in the world can I go to safely photograph wildlife?’, so, we have been looking at the regions of the world that ARE open to travellers & NOT on the list of prescribed countries, which is a long way of saying, we’ve been working out where people can still go to SAFELY photograph wildlife. Obviously, over time, this list may change.
If you fancy travelling in 2021, we’ve listed the wildlife photography tours that we still have availability on & that are OPEN to UK travellers

KERKINI’S DALMATIAN PELICANS OF GREECE

We have a couple of places that remain available for this popular holiday that we have been running for a number of years now. Like all of our holidays, all guidelines will be followed, regulations are taken into account & it is of course covered by our booking guarantee. Right now, Greece is certainly one of the places that you can safely photograph wildlife!
So, you can join David, one of the co-founders of NaturesLens, in Kerkini during January 2021 for 4 nights; take the opportunity to capture images of the charismatic dalmatian pelicans; the NaturesLens Kerkini’s Dalmatian Pelicans of Greece photography trip is offered on a full board, non-shared room basis, & costs £1099 per participant.
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WILDLIFE OF THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

This new trip of ours, to the Scottish Highlands, also has a couple of places available. It is within the UK, so it a different beast from travelling abroad. You can join James in Inverness during February 2021 for 7 nights; during the week you will be taking opportunities to capture images of the wildlife of the Scottish Highlands.
The NaturesLens Wildlife of the Scottish Highlands photography holiday is offered on a full board, non-shared room basis, & costs £1749 per participant. This trip of the Scottish Highlands allows you a glimpse of some of the country’s unique & beautiful wildlife, including the red squirrel, mountain hare, red deer, red grouse, ptarmigan, crested tit & more.
MORE INFORMATION HERE

WINTER WILDLIFE OF JAPAN

We hope to return to Japan in February 2021 for our tenth trip! Every year the trip gets better & better as we add new sites & sights to the trip. During the holiday you will visit Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido & gain an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions.
The photographic opportunities on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography trip are always without parallel, with opportunities to photograph the red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, during this awesome photography holiday.
We remain hopeful that the holiday will run. At the moment, Japan is closed to tourists, but it is on the travel corridor scheme from the FCO so we remain hopeful that the Japanese restrictions will be lifted in time & that the holiday will run.
MORE INFORMATION HERE

GOLDEN EAGLES OF THE SWEDISH WINTER

Our trip to the snow-covered forests of northern Sweden to photograph the Golden Eagles of the Swedish Winter is another trip to a travel corridor safe location. If you fancy this, you will get to spend 4 full-days in the hide observing breath-taking scenes as golden eagles soar & settle in their remote & unspoilt habitats. This is an extraordinary wildlife photography trip, like all our trips, this is designed with photographers in mind to ensure you are given the best experience possible.
MORE INFORMATION HERE

SPRING BIRDS OF LAKE KERKINI

We have a couple of places that remain available for this popular trip to Kerkini in the Spring. Just like the winter trip, all guidelines from the Greek authorities will be followed, regulations are taken into account & it is of course covered by our booking guarantee. Right now, Greece is certainly one of the places that you can safely photograph wildlife!
You can join Iordan in Kerkini during May 2021 for 5 nights; you will spend several days in the lakeside environment, taking photo opportunities with all the birdlife that calls the lake & it’s environs home, including little owls, bee-eaters, herons, cormorants, the pelicans & much more. This trip is scheduled to take place between the dates of 24th – 29th May 2021 – & it is on special offer at £1599 instead of £1749.
MORE INFORMATION HERE

GREEK MACRO WILDLIFE OF KERKINI

We have a couple of places that remain available for this tour, which is now in its second year, to Kerkini for macro photography. Just like the winter trip all guidelines from the Greek authorities will be followed, regulations are taken into account & it is of course covered by our booking guarantee. Right now, Greece is certainly one of the places that you can safely photograph wildlife!
You can join Iordan in Kerkini during June 2021 for 7 nights; you will spend several days in the lakeside environment, taking photo opportunities with all manner of tiny creatures. This photography tour is all about macro photography, & you will find the amphibians, reptiles, insects & flowers to be incredible, with 100’s of varieties, for example, of moths & dragonflies. This holiday is scheduled to take place between the dates of 30th May – 6th June 2021.
MORE INFORMATION HERE

MAJESTIC BROWN BEARS & CUBS OF FINLAND

Finland IS on the designated travel corridors. The bears are fabulous & the trip has a discount of £200 on it at the moment. The NaturesLens Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland photography holiday heads deep into the Finnish forests to photograph the native brown bears & their adorable cubs. The remote woodland habitat offers the perfect backdrop in which to capture these majestic predators & their offspring as they play, hunt & maintain their territory.
Unlike some operators who visit just one location, you will be visiting two of the best locations in Finland to capture incredible images of this secretive species with opportunities to also photograph wolverine & if you are lucky, the wolf. What’s more, you will also be photographing from the professional hides which take just two photographers instead of the regular hides which take 9 or 12 photographers.
This trip is scheduled to take place between the dates of 12th – 18th June 2021- & it is on special offer at £1799 instead of £1999.
MORE INFORMATION HERE

OUR BOOKING GUARANTEE

We would love to see you on one of these holidays with us soon – don’t forget our booking guarantee makes things a lot easier, if we need to move or cancel a tour, we will simply make it as easy as we can for you
OUR BOOKING GUARANTEE

A report & a discount for the Bears of Finland

One of the male bears pauses in front of the photographic hides photographed during the Majestic Brown Bears Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday

For the 2019 season, we decided to improve our Bears of Finland photography tours by visiting not just one but two different centres. During this photography holiday, our group travelled to Viiksimo to photograph adult bears, wolf & wolverine before moving on to Suomussalmi to photograph super cute bear cubs with their mothers.

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12 images of the fabulous Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland

One of the larger adult brown bears investigates a boat on the edge of one of the lakes image captured during the NaturesLens Majestic Brown Bears Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday

Jean & Kevin were guests on our Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland trip back in July. In this blog post, we showcase Jean’s images. I love seeing the photos that our guests send us at the end of a trip, but I was especially excited to see what Jean & Kevin would send in. They are both accomplished photographers & I couldn’t wait to “look through their eyes”.

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10 images of the awesome Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland

One of the brown bears peers across at the photographer whilst at the lake edge image captured during the NaturesLens Majestic Brown Bears Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday 1

Kevin & Jean were guests on our Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland trip back in July. They shared a hide throughout the trip, so I was intrigued to see how different their shooting style would be. Here, we showcase some of Kevin’s beautiful images from the trip.

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12 fabulous images of the Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland

A solitary male bear reflected beautifully in the lake image captured during the NaturesLens Majestic Brown Bears Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday 1

Dan was one of our guests on the recent NaturesLens Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland photography trip. For 2019, we changed the format & also moved from the location that we have used in previous years, to two new locations. Our guests spent time photographing large predators such as adult bears, wolverine & wolf at one location, before moving onto our next location for super cute bear cubs.  I think the change of location worked out very well. Just look at the stunning reflected bear photograph above, that Dan sent us.

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12 awesome images of the Brown Bears of Finland

One of the large male bears reflected beautifully in the lake image captured during the NaturesLens Majestic Brown Bears Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday 1

This is the second set of images captured by Dan of the wild Brown Bears of Finland. You can view the first set here. Most of these images were taken in Suomussalmi, our location for photographing bear cubs.

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Finland’s Wild Brown Bears & other Wildlife from David Jones

One Of The Wild Brown Bears In The Rain   Photographed During The NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears Of Finland Photography Holiday

David attended our Wild Brown Bears of Finland photography trip earlier this year. His primary interest is in bird photography, but when presented with the opportunity to photograph bears & possibly the elusive wolverine, he couldn’t resist.

The bear centre is home to some beautiful bird species such as the goldeneye. David was lucky enough to capture images of both the male & female & even a chick!
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